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Condar Inferno vs. PTC 314F

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by lumbering on, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. lumbering on

    lumbering on Feeling the Heat

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    About to by a thermometer.

    Condar inferno $20 plus $5 shipping.

    PTC 314F $38 plus $12 dollars shipping.

    I read the condar is pretty good, but PTC is higher quality. I don't want to have to replace the condar after a season or two whenI could have bought higher quality to start.

    I've seen both recommended on the site. Is the PTC worth the extra money?

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Hmm, the PTC that goes up to 750 that I've seen runs in the 45-50 dollar range. Got a link to the one for 38? (edit: think I found it. Were you shopping here? http://www.ktagage.com/Product_Surface_Temperature_Thermometers.asp) If you were looking at the one that reads up to 500, that isn't enough for a stove top. Depending on what happens / how that thing is built, if you even take the 750 over 750 by accident, you could ruin an expensive thermometer quickly.

    After 2 seasons on 2 condars, I don't see either showing any signs of fatigue and it's been up to 850 for the one on the stove top a number of times.

    pen
  3. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    +1 on the condar, I had mine on the steel stove prior to the stone one they have seen 700-800 deg more than once in the past (on the steel stove top that is) 5th year and still works like new, magnet and temp. I IR gun them now and then to be sure. Money well spent in my book.

    Todd2
  4. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    My Condar survived when my Leyden went Nuclear. It reads 900+, and it was pegged! If it can survive that, then it's a good one.
  5. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    I'm not sure what Woodstock charges for shipping to your location (ouch it's 13.75 for mine making the thermometer be about 25 bux), but this is a Condar thermometer with a scale that woodstock soapstone asked to have put on it for their stoves.

    http://store.woodstove.com/product.php?productid=16283&cat=298&page=1

    It's 12 bux from them and is the one that I run. Only visual difference is the Condar inferno has a "redline" marking of 650, where this one branded for woodstock has a redline of 675

    Here is a pic posted by member Charly. Hope he sees this and chimes in.

    This shows the woodstock branded condar thermometer that I mentioned next to what looks like a PTC

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    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...-1-been-this-cold-before.101982/#post-1314036

    pen
  6. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    My Woodstock Condar cost $2950

    came with the stove of corse, lol
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    lumbering on Feeling the Heat

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    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    I have 2 Condars - place them both on top of stove on either side per the Castine recommendation. Often they read differently, but I can see why based on flames greater on one sider vs. the other. I usually will open the stove up, poke it around a bit to get more flame on the lower reading side so I get closer to an equal reading.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    That interesting that they read differently, do they even after the stove has been running for a while?
    I'm also pretty sure Jotul wasn't meaning for the customer to actually use 2 thermometers. In the manual, they are just simply showing that the thermometer can go either side of the stove.
    But it never hurts to be cautious!
  10. DianeB

    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    I bought 2 to check to see of any air leaks on one side vs. the other, not really a Jotul recommendation.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Use an IR thermometer, and move that sucker across the stove top and you'll see there are variations all over, all of the time.

    pen
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  12. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    With the IR I see pretty big differences but the magnetic isn't as responsive, kinda hard too tell much of a difference.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Oh I see.
    It had come before at some point, the manual for the Oslo shows a thermometer in each of the corners. One person thought that Jotul wanted you to do this, they didn't realize that it was simply a demonstration.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Happy with my Condars.
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    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Charly doesn't like the quality of the PTC themo's!!!

    (there ya go, that aught to stir him up to post here!)






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    Just kidding of course, he said they are the same or better quality than some of the others.... ;)


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    I'll take an accurate reading, glass covered thermometer with a simple black on white dial any day. A good one will last a long time. This one is 34 yrs old and still doing the job.

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