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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:36 AM   #1
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Default Dial Gauge Permanent Thermometor Recommendation Please for my UDS

My new UDS needs a new dial gauge thermo or two. Right now I am borrowing my Weber Q thermo from my mini (which seems to work well but used to be $10, now $15 on Amazon--silly nuts if you ask me).

I want something affordable yet high quality -- the most bang for your buck if you will. Sometimes one can get really good stuff affordably; I don't buy into: "you get what you pay for"--e.g. sometimes you can pay a lot and get junk. But there is an exceptionally good one that costs a bit more I'm open to indulge , thanks :)
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This is as good as I can find:
http://www.amazon.com/Weber-9815-Rep...bq+thermometer
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Unread 11-28-2013, 01:52 AM   #3
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I have seen people use a turkey fryer thermometer. How long of stem do you want on your thermometer? People use the longer stem to get closer to the middle of their UDS. A shorter stem may give you a false reading due to the fact it is reading the heat coming up the side of the UDS. Another option is using a digital one with the probe stuck through a potato. You can put the digital unit in a ziplock bag to keep it dry. Using this method will give you a better idea of what the temp at the grate is than anything else.
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I have seen people use a turkey fryer thermometer. How long of stem do you want on your thermometer? People use the longer stem to get closer to the middle of their UDS. A shorter stem may give you a false reading due to the fact it is reading the heat coming up the side of the UDS. Another option is using a digital one with the probe stuck through a potato. You can put the digital unit in a ziplock bag to keep it dry. Using this method will give you a better idea of what the temp at the grate is than anything else.
I want one with a 3" stem or less. I don't want it too long otherwise I might break it with the fire basket or whatever. I can add the removable long stem one later. I also want to get a digital one later on (like the stoker device).. but that's much later. Thanks :)
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Unread 11-28-2013, 02:18 AM   #5
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Quite a few on eBay too...
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do not use one with a 3" stem, it will not give you good reading. use 12" and remember to pull it out when moving things
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With your budget, this is the one I would get.

http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Weekend...perature+gauge

I couldn't find this with the 3" stem. You can check on ebay also. The problem there is I don't know what brand those are. I know Taylor makes a good product.

Thermworks has their digital thermometers on sale. You can get 2 for about the price of one.

http://thermoworks.com/products/alar...emp_timer.html
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I've had success with my River Country thermometer. Here they are on Amazon for under $20:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...ry%2Caps%2C331

I use the one with the 2" stem and account for the 30 degree difference between the middle and sides of my UDS. That's just part of cooking for me.

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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:16 AM   #9
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I got mine at Academy Sports IIRC it was packaged as OLD COUNTRY about 9 bucs
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River Country here too

lots of configurations available on Amazon

I think they are a great deal and a very nice product
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I recommend getting this one from Spicewine Ironworks, it can be calibrated and Spicewine is a brethren member
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I got mine at Academy Sports IIRC it was packaged as OLD COUNTRY about 9 bucs
I run these same thermos on all my cookers I built. You can find em on eBay pretty cheap in various sizes. Fwiw I still verify that they're accurate before running them, but I've not had one be off to date. I personally don't buy into the whole need for one with a 12" stem or whatever as thermos are only a frame of reference anyway. Once you use your cooker a bit and get used to the readings you'll know whats happening on the grate.
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pretty obvious a lot of these are made by the same company.
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