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Has anyone calibrated the stock thermometer on the Akorn?  If so how, and is it pretty close to what the digital thermometers are reading?  Also does anyone have a relatively inexpensive suggestion on the digital thermometers?  I would like the one with the 2 probes, one for the grill temp and the other for the meat temp.  Thanks, and happy grilling on this beautiful Mother's Day weekend.

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I always use an external probe for my temperature reference. the stock thermometer on my Akorn does actually read pretty accurately but it's waaaaaaaaaaaaaay slow to respond to any changes. Once things have settled in, the temp seems fairly accurate.

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I used my Maverick today for the first time on the Akorn.  The dome temp on the thermometer said 320, the maverick on the grill grate said 450!  I had no idea it would be this much of a difference.   No wonder I had such good pizza at 490 dome temp on that Akorn thermometer!  It was probably close to 600 degrees.  

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My dome thermometer is about 45 degrees cooler than the temp at my grate. I just found this out because I recently picked up a maverick 733 (which I am very happy with, I would recommend it for sure.) I calibrated the dome thermometer when I first got my Akron last summer, it was dead on....with that said, there is a temp difference between the cooking surface and the dome temp.

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Mine is normally 50 degrees low but sometimes its closer.. As stated much too slow, for someone new to the kamado and learning to bring their cooker they would probably struggle also if something changed it would most likely be to indicate and correct it. 

 

I have a ET 732 which is nice and a ET 85 which is the unit with no remote capabilities if you do not require remote capabilities its a good unit. 

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In my experience, many if not most Akorn dome thermometers tend to be off by up to 50 degrees. And that is usually on the low side. Get to know yours and adjust accordingly. And I don't mean adjust ie: calibrate because that's not going to happen. Unless you have something new and improved, these thermometers are what they are, no calibration possible. Enjoy & keep on cookin.

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Mine is normally 50 degrees low but sometimes its closer.. As stated much too slow, for someone new to the kamado and learning to bring their cooker they would probably struggle also if something changed it would most likely be to indicate and correct it. 

 

I have a ET 732 which is nice and a ET 85 which is the unit with no remote capabilities if you do not require remote capabilities its a good unit. 

Thanks for everyone's input.  I went ahead and purchased the Maverick ET 85.  Much appreciated, and thanks for the suggestions.  I was looking for a Maverick without the remote device, and this seems to fit what i was looking for.  

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When i first got my Akorn the stock thermometer was way off.   Then one day i forgot about it and left the vents fully open for about and hour or so.  It ruined all of the seals on the grill but now the thermometer is only off by about 5-10 degrees.  So i had to replace the stock seals but i got a thermometer that is pretty close.  I still use a grate thermometer when i cook brisket and other temp sensitive meats but for everyday cooking the dome thermometer works pretty well.

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I think the dome gauge is accurate as far as the unit goes, but it has problems where it is mounted and because of the short length of the probe.  Mine was at 212 in boiling water.  I don't really trust it in the cooker judging from post here and will likely be getting the dual probe maverick as I progress or at least a grill level thermometer to see just how far off it is.   Maybe paint some marks on the glass to what grill temp it corresponds to.    

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I think the dome gauge is accurate as far as the unit goes, but it has problems where it is mounted and because of the short length of the probe.  Mine was at 212 in boiling water.     

 

I was under the impression higher in the cooker = hotter..  :?:

 

I mentioned earlier mine was 50 degrees cool most times. Sunday did a smoke in the sun and it was dang near on.. LOL

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True, heat rises but it also cools as it rises from the source, I'd think you also receive more direct infrared heat at grill level than higher in the dome, I"d venture to say that at coal level, you might find it a bit hotter than grill level and that is the lowest point in the heat chain.  

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