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Would it be that tough?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Butcher, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Butcher

    Butcher Minister of Fire

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    Does anyone make a stovetop/ pipe thermometer that can be recalibrated when it starts reading wrong? I have 3 of them right now that are going in the trash cuz they are all reading to high or to low. I have a Homesaver thermo on the pipe that has read right on for 3 years now and I'm sure I would be happier with a Condor medallion for the stove but the rutlands are all that is available in my area stores. (I'm not a big order online kinda guy)
    I guess I just dont understand why someone dosnt make an adjustable themometer.

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  2. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Great question -got all freaked out recently due to a rutland that was screwed up. Thought I was overfiring, wound up running the stove too cool for several days.
  3. Butcher

    Butcher Minister of Fire

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    Thats exactly what happened to me yesterday. 1 day they work fine and several hours later they are all wacked out.
  4. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    The Condar's have a hole in the center and I've used a Phillips screwdriver to rotate the mechanism to recalibrate. I use an IR temp gun as a standard for temp measurement.. I do buy my Condar's online and other things.. Saves gas and $$..

    Ray
  5. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    When the pipe turns an orange/red it is too hot!!:)
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  6. Jacktheknife

    Jacktheknife Minister of Fire

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    Or if the beer in your hand starts to boil.
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  7. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    No, No , its when the Jack Daniels vaporizes before the ice melts.
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    +1
    Going by the colour of the glowing metal never needs recalibration. I have never had an urge to use a stovetop or flue thermometer and would not trust what it said if I had one. As for calibration, I think they need to be calibrated at more than one end of the range. Simply moving the pointer would only calibrate one end of the range. Even a stopped clock gives perfect time twice a day!

    When shopping for a regular thermometer, I compare the readings of all them and pick one that is in the middle of the range. Too bad it doesn't work for stovetop thermometers.

    I think boiling water would be a good baseline to calibrate to.

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