I think my probe temp readings might be wrong. How do I test the thermostat for accuracy to ensure it's working correctly?
1. Ice Bath Test (Ice + Water) - Easy Method Fill a glass or cup to the top with ice. Add pre-chilled / cold water to just below the top of the ice. Stir for about 15 seconds. Insert the thermometer probe into the center of the ice bath and sit gently for another 15 seconds. Keep the probe surrounded by the ice water and move constantly. An accurate thermometer will read 32°F or 0°C. 2. Boiling Water Test - Hard Method The boiling water test is more complicated because you must take altitude and atmospheric pressure into account when calculating the boiling point for your location. An accurate thermometer will read 212°F or 100°C in boiling water at sea level under normal atmospheric conditions, but you probably don't live at sea level and your atmospheric pressure varies constantly from day to day.
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Can you stick the thermometer to the side of the grill?
Yes, the thermometer has a magnetic back that can stick to most metal surfaces such as outside the oven, fridge, or non-heated surfaces of a grill.
Is this an instant read thermometer? How long does it take to read the accurate temp?
This thermometer is not an instant read type, it functions better as a thermometer over time to track the temperature throughout the cooking period.