View Full Version : Above or Below??

08-16-2011, 06:29 PM
When drilling a hole in the drum for a long stem thermometer do you have the probe above the main cooking grate or below it? I ask because both seem to have its downfalls.
What do you all recommend and why?
-Above seems it will get in the way of the food.
-Below seems that all the drippings will get all over the probe for inaccurate readings (not sure if this is true or not)

08-16-2011, 06:41 PM
Above, because that's where the metal meets the meat!

08-16-2011, 07:53 PM
can i get a liitle help? i would be happy with 3-5 answers hahahaha

08-16-2011, 08:01 PM
I mounted my fryer thermometer poke thru hole about 1.5" below the main grate.
I also did not notice any sudden decrease in temp reading from drippings onto the probe.

J'ville Grill
08-16-2011, 08:07 PM
I think you'll find that most people mount them just below then grate as Carbon has done.

08-16-2011, 08:08 PM
below is the way to go

08-16-2011, 08:12 PM
When in doubt go with both :-D

08-16-2011, 08:24 PM
thanks, i just thought that the drippings would mess with the readings..... i guess maybe not

Meat Burner
08-16-2011, 08:56 PM
I have all mine below the grate about an inch. Wouldn't it really be in the way of the food if on top.

08-16-2011, 09:00 PM
1/2" to 1" below.

Meat Burner
08-16-2011, 09:08 PM
We periodically check the grate temp with a seperate thermometer as the temp are not the same all over anyway. It's nice to check against the side thermometer but you still need to check the actual grate temps anyway. JMO.

08-16-2011, 09:18 PM
I have two grates. I put both thermometers 1/2" below. I mostly just look at the ET732 wireless. Best fathers day gift around.