If your outdoor cooker already has a grill thermometer, great! If not, it's a simple matter to install one. Ideally, the thermometer will be mounted so the probe is at the same level as the cooking food.
The temperature inside a smoker or grill us usually higher near the top. A thermometer mounted there will give a false impression of the temperature.
For the most accurate temperature measurement, mount the thermometer on the side, just a few inches above the grate, at the same level the food will be.
Grill Thermometer Mounting Instructions
Mounting a smoker thermometer on your smoker takes only three easy steps.
Drill a Hole...large enough for the threaded part of the thermometer stem to pass easily through. Position the hole 2 to 3 inches above the level of the cooking grate. If there is more than one grate, you could put a thermometer at each level. However, one placed at the top level is all you really need.
Slip in the Thermometer Stem...so it passes through the hole. Make sure the threads pass completely through.
Attach the Nut...and tighten it up on the threads. Be sure that the dial is positioned correctly. Don't crank the nut too tight...just snug it up. Overtightening can damage the thermometer assembly.
That's all there is to it. You can now use your new thermometer to control the temperature of your smoker next time you cook some perfect pork ribs or a beautiful beef brisket!
Grill Thermometer With a 2 Inch Dial
This 2 inch smoker and grill thermometer is built of stainless steel. The temperature range is from 100-550 degrees Fahrenheit. The dial also has color indicators for "Smoke" and "Barbecue."
Mounting requires drilling a 3/8 inch hole. This one looks like a good quality thermometer, but for my money, (and yours), you'd be better off going to a large home supply retail store and checking the grill section. You should be able to find one there for a very reasonable price.
If you want consistently great barbecued and smoked food, a grill thermometer is a must. Keep that fire burning low and slow and you'll end up with great food every time!
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