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Unread 08-03-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default How to test thermometer in smoker?

Do I just lay it on shelf on the smoker? I've seen people stick them in a potato, why? Just looking for suggestions apart from common-sense (which I don't always have).
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You stick the probe in a potato to keep it from touching the meat racks in a smoker
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I forgot to say that I will be testing it on boiling water then the smoker. The reason is, my buddy decided to spin the thermo on my smoker and now I have no Idea what the real temp is. So I bought a dual probe wireless Maverick ET-73 and wanted to test and set my smoker thermo. Plus to see just how good my thermo is on the smoker.

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The only way to calibrate it is to use ice water for the low end (if it reads that low) and boiling water for the high end. If you really want to go crazy you can figure out the boiling point of water at your specific altitude
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My smoker is waaay off (about 70-80F low).
What I did was took a multimeter with a thermocouple, placed the thermocouple near the thermometer in the smoker (big red kamodo grill/smoker fwiw).
I added a few lit coals to the pile and slowly ran it from a real low temp up to real hot and back down again, resulting in a calibration curve (thermometer reading vs actual temp).
It wasn't really linear, but was close enough (I have since lost the plot and need to redo it, but just say I'm reading about 75F low).

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