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Looking for a stove thermometer

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Pascale, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Pascale

    Pascale New Member

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    Hi,

    Just had my new Alterra CS 1200 installed 2 weeks ago at my house. They put a thermometer on the pipe. At my cabin, I have a Osburn wood stove but don't have a thermometer yet.

    I'd like to have one but wonder if there are good ones and bad ones (I don't want to set a fire because of a bad thermometer)?

    Any brand to avoid?
    Couldn't find anything on Canadian Tire web site.

    Thanks for your tips

    Pascale

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I've had good luck with Condar . . . the magnetic stove thermo I use was pretty close in temp when I compared it to the IR thermo reading.
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  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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  4. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    +1 for the Condar thermometers
  5. elmoleaf

    elmoleaf Feeling the Heat

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    I've had excellent luck with Tel-tru. There's been a few threads on here about their thermometers.
    Very accurate and very responsive to temp. changes.
  6. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    And another one FWIW. I also have an IR and the Condar tracks with it really well. Of course, the Condar has very coarse increments, but it's easy to interpolate within maybe 20° which is plenty good enough for this kind of application.

    If you want to go the IR gun route, they have very tight resolution and accuracy and can be useful for other things as well. One thing to note about IR measurement is that they are highly dependent on the emissivity of the material. Some are fixed at .95 which is fine for a painted steel stove and a lot of other things, but for the most versatility, you can find some in the $25 range that have adjustable emissivity. Some materials like shiny metal have very low emissivities. Plus, they're just fun and most have a laser pointer that can drive your dog crazy:)
  7. DianeB

    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    I have 2 Condar and like them - use them on either side of the stove top. Condar also makes a great wood tote called the tough duck
  8. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Thanks. I just looked into the Tough Duck and see that they also have one called the Backsaver. Works like a front baby carrier. It looks like you could carry a lot of wood in it. Looks sort of dorky, but who cares if it saves your back?

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