BBQ Tools – Thermometers

I’ve been experimenting with my new Primo grill, and I love it.

But, I’ve learned a thing or two already, and bought a couple of "BBQ tools" (hey, any excuse to buy a tool).

First, I noticed that the built in analog thermometer in the lid of the Primo seemed to
read about 25 degrees lower than my digital Polder probe thermometer when I hung the Polder’s probe down through the top vent to a similar
height as the built-in one.  The discrepancy had been causing me some problems in keeping an accurate temperature for "low and slow" cooking.

So, after some advice from the good folks on the Primo users forum, I re-calibrated the Primo’s built in thermometer using the process on their website (click here).   It was, indeed, almost 30 degrees low.

The folks on the forum noted that the calculation on the Primo website did not properly correct for sea-level, so I used a different website this calculation (click here).

Soon after getting the Primo’s thermometer re-calibrated, I "fried" my Polder thermometer (again).  I have killed three Polders in the last couple of years by placing them in environments that are too hot. I have read on the web that temperatures above 400 tend to kill the Polder’s probes, and that seems to be correct from my experience.

So…..I invested in a Thermapen thermometer from ThermoWorks.  Too expensive?  Yes….but it works up to 572 degrees and reads in 4 seconds.  I love it.  Hey, Alton Brown says that it is #1 and I agree.

Polders are good for the kitchen, but don’t work well for me on the grill.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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