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Old 10-19-2005, 12:41 PM   #1
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Thermometer on a Weber Kettle

Thermometer on a Weber Kettle. Anybody done it? Thought about it?
I've been thinking about it for a while and now seems like a good time to do it.
Tel-Tru has a 15% off promotion through the end of the month on their BBQ thermometers. Just put in discount code # BBP705 when you go to the checkout.

Thinking about the BQ250 for the kettle. 2.5in face, 2.5in stem, 150*-750* temp range. $23.80 with the discount.

What you think?
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Didn't you just buy 2 ? ?
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Didn't you just buy 2 ? ?
Not two of those. LOL
Damn... you are everywhere. 8-[
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Didn't you just buy 2 ? ?
Not two of those. LOL
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As are you. :taunt:

I've thought about putting one in my Platinum lid ~ I'm just afraid I'll pull a Greg! 8-[
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Old 10-19-2005, 12:58 PM   #5
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Drilling the hole is easy. Just put painters tape on both sides of the metal. Drill a pilot hole and then use a UNI-bit to get it to the right size.
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Old 10-19-2005, 12:59 PM   #6
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I just stick my Taylor down into the vent. It makes it so you can't use the hanger, but I usually just set the lid onto the chimney that's on top of the Smokey Joe anyway.
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Old 10-19-2005, 01:22 PM   #7
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I just stick my Maverick probe in the vent hole.
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Kettle temp. guage

Go on the BBQGURU.com web site. they have a temp. guage for the kettle on there site. List for $25.00 plus UPS.
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Old 10-19-2005, 05:37 PM   #9
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Ah Chris, just do it! I have a therm. that I stick in the vent and it works great. I then can also use it on the WSM threw the vent.
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Old 10-20-2005, 06:45 AM   #10
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I bought the Tel-Tru grill thermometer yesterday. I'll be drilling the mounting hole as soon as it arrives and I figure exactly where I want it mounted. Also bought one of the smoker therms with the "glow in the dark" dials.
As I mentioned earlier... 15% off, and they don't charge for regular shipping.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:28 PM   #11
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Finney, where did you mount the thermometer? I'm with Jeff. I don't want it to interfere with anything.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:58 PM   #12
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Sorry... I forgot I left you guys hanging on this one.

I measured how far the damper was mounted out from the base of the handle brkt and it was 2 3/4". So that was my starting point. Looking at it for a while I decided to go 3" from the handle brkt on the opposite side.

My thinking was that when grilling indirect, my coals will be on two sides of the kettle and the vent and the therm would be between them on the opposite sides of the kettle.

Seems to work fine so far, but I haven't put a turkey in there since mounting it. Should be fine with beer can chicken or most anything else.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:59 PM   #13
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I'll take a picture when I get home.

no... that's right. #-o I don't have a digital camera. :badgrin:
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Old 11-28-2005, 01:52 PM   #14
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At least Christmas isn't too far away. Maybe Santa will bring you one.

Did you do anything special to drill the lid?
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:03 PM   #15
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Put masking tape on the area, marked it with pen.
Drilled small pilot hole.
Drilled, 5/16" hole.

The Tel-Tru grill thermometers use a small clip to hold them in place. So it's not a huge hole like I drilled in the WSM for it's therm. That one was either 3/4" of 7/8"... I don't remember.
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Old 12-12-2005, 06:09 PM   #16
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I'd like to add another vote for simply sticking a thermometer in a vent hole. I bought a $4 replacement thermometer for a gas grill.....fits nicely...and I can close the vent 1/2 way.....which is fine.

For bigger projects....I use the meat thermometer.
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