View Full Version : do I need door thermometers ?

03-10-2013, 04:01 PM
I am building a 120gallon RF pit. I will have 4 spots for remote probes, do I need to have door thermometers too? I would like to go with tru-tel but they are like 35$ each and we would want 3. I know we could add them down the road but to start do we need them?

03-10-2013, 04:14 PM
IMHO no. Go digital at grate level if you feel the need.

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ
03-10-2013, 04:16 PM
Sounds like you don't need them right now. I would at least put the couplings in the doors for the Tru Tels and put some plugs in them. That way they will be there when you do need them.

03-10-2013, 04:17 PM
I like my door therms... all about preference INMHO

Smokin' D
03-10-2013, 05:01 PM
I have a Good One Rodeo which came with but ONE thermo. C'mon, this thing has 4 grates. Tell Tru all the way Baby!


Each thermo is just under each grate. Works for me. I agree with putting in the threaded ports and plugging for now. The probe therms are nice, and you will want to use some for the meat anyway, but the built ins are rock solid.

03-10-2013, 05:07 PM
I don't put much faith in electrical gizmos probse go bad, batteries die, and rain is hell on them. Tru tel's are like Zippo Lighters a little tweek every now and again they keep on going, that electrical scrap is like a Bic ya can't Tweek 'em when they quit there good for target practice.

03-10-2013, 05:15 PM
IMO a smoker just isn't complete w/o a big dial thermo, even if it just for bling... Cheers!!!

03-10-2013, 05:29 PM
ok I think we will just put the ports in and cap them off for now. is tre-tel the best?

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ
03-10-2013, 05:39 PM
Pretty much.

03-10-2013, 07:01 PM
I look at Tel-Tru as an investment.

03-11-2013, 08:26 AM
I put a River Country Thermometer in mine. Here are the links to their website & ebay:

http://www.rivercountry101.com/servlet/the-BBQ-%26-SMOKER-THERMOMETERS/Categories (http://www.rivercountry101.com/servlet/the-BBQ-%26-SMOKER-THERMOMETERS/Categories)