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  • troymeister
    Charter Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 1145
    • Forest Park Il
    • Weber 26

      Weber Performer 22.5, Weber 18.5, WSM 18.5, Smokey Joe

      2 Slow N Sears, Charcoal Rotisserie, Kettle Pizza for Weber 22.5

      Smoke Thermometer, Igrill, Thermapen, Thermapop,Maverick 2 probe

      Good Cabernet, Merlot, Zin

      Anti Hero, Blue moon

      I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

    Home Thermometer Test

    Oven set @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so. I would say 3 very different readings. All are ambient temp probes. I thought they would be closer. What the heck? Interesting none the less.



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  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 4430
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    #2
    Lets say its your oven that is off. With Smoke being the newest we can assume it to be closest to correct. That makes the Ready Check off by 4 and the other one off by 6. That's not bad at all for home cooking.

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    • troymeister
      troymeister commented
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      This is true...I didn't expect the oven to be off by 20+/- degrees. I was hoping the others would be at least a little closer though. Considering each is $60.00 to $100.00.
  • Mosca
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 2866
    • PA
    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

    #3
    They are most likely all three correct. Home oven temps are all over the place on the inside, with hot spots and cool spots everywhere. The difference of less than 10* among those is actually pretty good.

    This was actually a "magic trick" in the 1700s and 1800s. The magician had a trick oven where one corner was much cooler than the rest. He/she would climb in, they would roast a bird in the oven and the magician would emerged unscathed. There is a great book, now out of print, about all these types of oddities: Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women, by the esteemed Ricky Jay.

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    • troymeister
      Charter Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 1145
      • Forest Park Il
      • Weber 26

        Weber Performer 22.5, Weber 18.5, WSM 18.5, Smokey Joe

        2 Slow N Sears, Charcoal Rotisserie, Kettle Pizza for Weber 22.5

        Smoke Thermometer, Igrill, Thermapen, Thermapop,Maverick 2 probe

        Good Cabernet, Merlot, Zin

        Anti Hero, Blue moon

        I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

      #4
      Next test will be an ice bath. Results to follow.

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      • Jerod Broussard
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        #5
        Those probes are too far apart. I have to tie mine together to get accurate readings in any smoker. I've had them off by 30 degrees with just a few inches of separation, then tie together and get exact or a 1-2 degree difference at the most.

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        • troymeister
          troymeister commented
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          I never would have suspected that. Thinking about it makes sense.

        • Histrix
          Histrix commented
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          Exactly. Air currents, position of heating element, etc. can readily cause a few degrees of variation.
      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 11448
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          SNS
          Pizza insert
          Rotisserie
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          Chefalarm
          Dot
          lots of probes.
          CyberQ

        #6
        I'm betting on the smoke...

        Ovens vary wildly in their accuracy, and they may cycle 20* to 30* above and below the set temp.If one of you thermometers saves the min/max temps, let the oven heat up with the probe in the oven - wait at least 30 min. Then reset the thermo and let the oven cycle a few times to get the max and min temps. The "set" temp for the oven should be right in the middle. If your oven needs adjustment, you can probably find directions for your model online.

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        • troymeister
          Charter Member
          • Aug 2014
          • 1145
          • Forest Park Il
          • Weber 26

            Weber Performer 22.5, Weber 18.5, WSM 18.5, Smokey Joe

            2 Slow N Sears, Charcoal Rotisserie, Kettle Pizza for Weber 22.5

            Smoke Thermometer, Igrill, Thermapen, Thermapop,Maverick 2 probe

            Good Cabernet, Merlot, Zin

            Anti Hero, Blue moon

            I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

          #7
          Much happier with these results.



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          • Jerod Broussard
            Jerod Broussard commented
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            Lookin' goooood. I have to have someone calibrate a thermometer for me in ice water every single day I go to work.

          • troymeister
            troymeister commented
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            Just curious, why is that?

          • Jerod Broussard
            Jerod Broussard commented
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            I take food safety temp's throughout the day with Critical Limits of 40.0 F, 55.0 F, and 46.0 F. The fact someone else does it validates it. And if the temp's aren't right, I make mention of that validation in my report.

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