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  • isu006
    Club Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 15
    • Central Illinois

    What temp gauges are being used on the competition trail

    I have been using thermopop gauges at home but I am looking tk get a second set for my smokers to leave on my Competition trailer... I see a lot of cool gadgets out there but notice quickly some need to be plugged in or they get costly... Really just need to spot check both meat and pit temps.
  • BourBonQ
    Club Member
    • Oct 2017
    • 759
    • Lowcountry of South Carolina
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    #2
    The Thermoworks Thermapen is the king of fast spot checks for food. But there are plenty of good ones out there. All of my pit probes are wired. Run through AR's reviews for ideas.

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    • Thom Emery
      Former Member
      • Sep 2014
      • 452
      • Indio Ca

      #3
      Thermopen had a sale going
      yes that’s the most popular
      the Dot units are nice for tracking each meat while it cooks

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      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        Anyone use the dot for monitoring the pit?

      • Thom Emery
        Thom Emery commented
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        yes I'm sure that use is happening
    • jfmorris
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 2745
      • Huntsville, Alabama
      • Jim Morris

        Cookers
        • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
        • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
        • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
        • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
        • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
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        • Anova
        Thermometers
        • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
        • Thermoworks Dot
        • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
        • Thermoworks RT600C
        Beverages
        • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

      #4
      Attjack i started with a Dot and an extra air probe a couple of years ago, on my offset. I would just switch the wire from the meat and pit probes back and forth as needed to monitor the two, until I got a Smoke. I still use the Dot if I have a second smoker going. Pretty much at this point I know where the pit temp runs, and how hot the grate level is for a given dome temp reading, and focus on meat temp most.
      Dot is great for that. For pit, it has only a high alarm and no low alarm, if you can live with that.

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      • jfmorris
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        Attjack I would not put the Dot itself on my dome. I was thinking that either the 4" or 6" Thermoworks probe could be inserted into the hole the Weber thermometer normally inserts into. On the older Weber kettle and Genesis I have, the dome thermometer has a 4" long stem that inserts through a small hole, and I am thinking I could stick the Thermoworks cabled probe into that same hole.

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        jfmorris I want to replace the stock dome thermometer with something that measures the temp at the grate. I would actually prefer to keep the stock analog thermometer on my 26 and somehow extend/replace the probe so that it was a flexible wire and clip that I could position where I wanted it on the grate. But as of yet, I'm not sure how or even if I can do that. So I'm entertaining other ideas.

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        One alternative idea i'm kicking around is fashioning a heat shield for the Dot and affixing it the dome.
    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 12156
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #5
      The Dots are a good choice for inexpensive monitoring. Get them in different colors and it will be easy to assign different colors to different tasks.

      And yes, I have used one to monitor pit temps using the supplied probe. Just make a ball out of foil and stick the probe through the ball to keep the tip off the grill.
      Last edited by RonB; September 13th, 2018, 09:18 AM.

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      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        You mean dots?

      • RonB
        RonB commented
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        Yes - that should have been Dot...

        Edited - thanx

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        I might get one for my kitchen oven.
    • JoeSousa
      Club Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 787
      • Spokane, WA

      #6
      I generally use the Smoke to track the temps and then my Thermopop to spot check things as they are getting near the end of the cook. I have a DOT as well but that mostly gets used inside. When I am cooking multiple hunks of meat I will sometimes use the DOT to make sure nothing gets out of control. If you are by the cookers most of the time like you would be in a competition a handful of DOTs could be a good way to go.

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      • texastweeter
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2849
        • Republic of Texas

        #7
        Mavrick and a dot here.

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        • JGo37
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          • Apr 2018
          • 1345
          • the LOU
          • Cookers:

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            Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

            My Helpers:

            Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
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            & the PIT!

          #8
          I think there are two currents of ideas running thru this thread - digital instant reads and analog dials. I do the former out of China, so will keep that to myself. I do the latter at top dollar from the good ole' US. Grainger's are KING! It is SO cool to use the 90 degree offset to position the gauge for optimum view and the dials can be easily calibrated. I have one, unused, left, so PM me if you want it. Check out that reach to the grate!

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          • Attjack
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            • Aug 2017
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              ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
              Weber Q2200

              Blackstone Pizza Oven

              Portable propane burners (3)
              Propane turkey Fryer

              Fire pit grill

            #9
            I'm thinking I want to make something like this.

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