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I purchased these for my Oklahoma joe wood smoker, they are rather accurate, if you can figure out a way to prevent them from rotating back and forth after they are tightened down... Right after installation I noticed the ambient temperature was about 90 degrees, which one of them did say. However, the other was off by almost 50 degrees, I used 2 fingers to see if maybe it wasn't tightened down fully, I wish that was the case... With my 2 fingers I had easily rotated the dial on it counter clockwise to get close to the other temp reading on the other gage... So I checked the other one for the heck of it, sure enough, it to can easily be rotated... With these rotating, the needle stays in the same position, hence without knowing what a baseline temp is, could potentially have a hundred degree variance between the 2 points! That is a huge flaw, especially when it comes to perfecting a slow smoke for 8 hours... On the plus side, they do feel well built (just seems like they should have been crimped harder or something to keep the face Ave needle static), they are very nice looking, they installed easy... Since I used a digital probe to always monitor my temps I can easily rotate these guys where they are supposed to be, due to the colors and size, I can clearly see if my temp zone is where is supposed to... It is possible I just recieved a defective package maybe? I have no clue, I didn't want to go through the hassle of taking them off of the freshly drilled holes, and ship them back, and not be able to use the smoker until I maybe recieved another set with the same flaws... I cannot say I recommend this product at this point...
They look nice, I like the colored zones. It makes them easier to see from inside my so I can monitor the temp with out having to go outside. I haven't check their accuracy yet, but will soon. I only needed one but bought the 2 pack incase anything happens. Glad I did one thermometer probe was broken upon arrival which I didn't catch until after I had started smoking. I only noticed because the temp was dead at 225 in 5 minutes. I tapped on the temp dial and it jumped to 350, then fell to the bottom. Went to pull the thermometer off and noticed the probe was just dangling. Luckily I had the extra one to sub in. Not sure how long that ones going to last. I am currently looking for a new higher quality one I can trust. With the price of meat right now I'm not going to let a $15 thermometer ruin $100s worth of food.
So just bought 6 gauges based on the positive reviews the temp gauges had gotten so far. The gauges looked great out of the box. The instructions in the box say they’re already calibrated and it is not recommended. So just a quick check with boiling water- per the instructions they were in the water at least 5 minutes and at least 3/4 of the way up the stem. That being said after checking all 6 only one of six were even close. The other 5 were 15-25 degrees low. When I tried to loosen the nut to follow the listed calibration instructions, none of them would come loose. Have sent an email to the seller for help. Waiting to hear back now. Will update this if anything changes.
I bought this for the smoker I built because the large dial and construction looked good, but found that they are reading about 20-25 degrees low. I only used one for the smoker and noticed the difference when I first fired up my smoker and used a digital wireless thermometer to monitor the internal temp. The digital readout was consistently about 25 degrees higher. So I boiled a pot of water and inserted both into the water to see if they read 212 degrees. The used one read 190 and the unused one read about 194. I do NOT recommend these if monitoring cooking temps is important to you.
I am not sure exactly what size hole you have to drill to use this thermometer, but by running a tape measure across the threaded part it appears you may need a 3/4 inch drill bit to get this thing on your grill. Unless you have some big drill bits, get the smaller 2 inch units. At least you will likely have a big enough drill bit to get the thermometer installed. Maybe professional grills are pre-drilled, I don't know. I am just a weekend griller.
These seem to work very well. I've got 4 of them, two on each of two different smokers. I finally got around to testing the accuracy of these. The way I do it is to get a pan of boiling water and lay wood spatulas across the pan and then place the thermometer between so that the probe is in the water. Obviously while boiling it should be 212 degrees. Here are the results for the four: 210 degrees, 200 degrees, 193 degrees and 188 degrees. Not as accurate as I'd like. I'll be looking for something better / more accurate.
I've had these for a little over a year, they were accurate initially, now they aren't even close. They are not moisture proof. If they're in the sun they collect moisture making them nearly unreadable
These arrived on time and undamaged. My issue is with temperature. I use a digital thermometer to smoke and grill. It is spot on, but these two are off by a lot. My smoker was constructed by welding students and perhaps they twisted them too much during installation, throwing off the calibration. I won't be sure til I replace them. I'll change my rating if this is the case.
I have 2 of these on my offset smoker. The one on the left which is pictured has had moisture in it since the second day it was installed. This is really aggravating!!! The other one works fine. These were installed about 6 weeks ago.