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Old 06-12-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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Surface temperature gauge

I'm new to charcoal grilling and need to find a temperature gauge that will read the surface (at the grill) temperature and still be visible with the lid closed in under a minute. I already know I can hit 550F within the first 10 minutes. Any opinions on the following?

Thermoworks dial:
http://thermoworks.com/products/dial/pt ... escription

Which probe to get?
http://thermoworks.com/products/handheld/TW8060.html


For testing internal temp food I own this:
http://thermoworks.com/products/low_cost/rt301wa.html
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:14 AM   #2
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

First off, there's no real need to cook anything over 350º. Some will have different opinions on this, however there is no benefit. With that said, control your temps on the way up by working the vents and you don't/shouldn't use a thermometer when grilling. Just my opinion, as I have learned thermometers simply add confusion.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

If you still "gotta" have 'em ...

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Re: Surface temperature gauge

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First off, there's no real need to cook anything over 350º.
Okay ... I did not think so, it sounded so high! That is why a temp guage (for a newbie) would be helpful so I can see what gets me to 350º.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #5
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

I do my burgers and steaks at the 500 - 600 degree mark.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:02 AM   #6
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

Pizza is suppose to be done at around 750 - 800

LOL Just instigating guys WOOT WOOT

And yes I do make Fire Roasted Pizza on my Kettle!!!!!

This is what I use to get surface temperature, it works through glass and windows and such, so you can get a reading while you are inside Non-Contact Laser Thermoter
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

I've seen that at Harbor Freight and thought it would be fun to have
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

What Larry said and Buzz. my grill gets upwards of 700-800 at the grate that would melt just about any thermometer. If i'm cooken offset in my grill use the ready check.
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Re: Surface temperature gauge

When I cook steaks, I cook as hot as I can get it, so no thermometer involved. Pizzzas, 500 to 600 most of the time, so I use the thermometer that came with my smoker.
Those laser/no contact thermometers are fun, but they only work with surface temperatures, so they're not really helpful for pit temperatures or internal food temperatures.

I do have a Stoker that I'll use if I'm not going to be able to givr my full attention to cooking, and a Redi-Chek but the batteries are always dead.

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I do my burgers and steaks at the 500 - 600 degree mark.
Why? There is NO benefit. You cannot cook them the entire time at those temps. So why fight bringing temps up and down? Oh wait, you use a gas grill, so you turn a knob......nevermind, tha's not really grilling so you don't really understand. Sometimes I think you just like to argue without producing your facts.
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