Thermometer options

Rob_Red

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Feb 2, 2021
109
Southern New England
Hey all, I am in the middle of converting to a full Ventis class A setup with a double wall connector pipe. I am trying to really optimize my setup. With that being said I have been looking at digital temp gauges like those offered from Auber Instruments.

However I’m not a fan of a bunch of visible electronics (this stove is also decorative and the focal point of our first floor)

Are there any other more discreet options out there? I would go with a mechanical stove pipe mounted option but I am worried about accuracy (I’ve had bad experiences with BBQ thermometers)

Also the mechanical options out there all say 450-600 for flue temp is the safe zone. Is this the case for a stove with a cat?

what would you all do?
 
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Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
18,773
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Hey all, I am in the middle of converting to a full Ventis class A setup with a double wall connector pipe. I am trying to really optimize my setup. With that being said I have been looking at digital temp gauges like those offered from Auber Instruments.

However I’m not a fan of a bunch of visible electronics (this stove is also decorative and the focal point of our first floor)

Are there any other more discreet options out there? I would go with a mechanical stove pipe mounted option but I am worried about accuracy (I’ve had bad experiences with BBQ thermometers)

Also the mechanical options out there all say 450-600 for flue temp is the safe zone. Is this the case for a stove with a cat?

what would you all do?
The actual woodstove flue probe meters label 400-900 as the safe or normal zone. I have both the electrical probe meter and a mechanical probe so I can say that the mechanical tests to match. The mechanical does not react as quickly though.

If you don’t like the looks of wires then a mechanical is perfectly functional. Don’t buy a cheap bbq meter.
 

nortcan

Burning Hunk
Sep 9, 2016
226
Quebec
Hi Rob_Red, I put a probe thermometer on a double wall pipe and it works very well, very fast reaction on heat changes. First time I get one since only 40yrs of burning experiences : wood, anthracite, pellets and back to wood. But the good thing is that there are always some new things to learn and forums are good places for that.
 

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Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
18,773
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That’s a condar in nortcan’s photo. My current condar is about 15 years old and is like new after 60+ cords have been past it. I liked it so much I bought two surface meters from them too. The mechanical probe works with no power and looks decent. The color ranges help inexperienced operators.

The electric is higher performance, much faster and more precise. It’s lit up so you can read it from farther away. But yes, it’s a nerdy looking device with wires.

You can have both!
 

nortcan

Burning Hunk
Sep 9, 2016
226
Quebec
That’s a condar in nortcan’s photo. My current condar is about 15 years old and is like new after 60+ cords have been past it. I liked it so much I bought two surface meters from them too. The mechanical probe works with no power and looks decent. The color ranges help inexperienced operators.

The electric is higher performance, much faster and more precise. It’s lit up so you can read it from farther away. But yes, it’s a nerdy looking device with wires.

You can have both!
Just to show us how the electric one looks like, do you have a photo of it , if possible ?
 

Rob_Red

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Feb 2, 2021
109
Southern New England
Man you’re all making this a tough choice! I was thinking I could make some sort of furniture to hold the digital thermometer that sits to the side of the stove. Although it may make sense just to KISS and stick with the mechanical unit
 

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,326
Fairbanks, Alaska
I have a Condar like in post #5 this thread. It is indeed not an instant read unit, but more than serviceable. I have thought about taking it apart to tone down the colors a bit with a repaint, something like light gray, dark gray and black with the white needle.
 

Hoytman

Feeling the Heat
Jan 6, 2020
297
Ohio
Hi Rob_Red, I put a probe thermometer on a double wall pipe and it works very well, very fast reaction on heat changes. First time I get one since only 40yrs of burning experiences : wood, anthracite, pellets and back to wood. But the good thing is that there are always some new things to learn and forums are good places for that.
Nort, shoe is more live of your stove. If I’m not mistaken that is a duel fuel, right? Would love to see more pics of it in the inside and hear more details. Is it a Morso Squirrel? Looks like it or similar. Do both air knobs work? That’s what I need for the shoulder season.
 

nortcan

Burning Hunk
Sep 9, 2016
226
Quebec
Nort, shoe is more live of your stove. If I’m not mistaken that is a duel fuel, right? Would love to see more pics of it in the inside and hear more details. Is it a Morso Squirrel? Looks like it or similar. Do both air knobs work? That’s what I need for the shoulder season.
Yes it's a Morso Squirrel, we use it in a small living room ( 10 X 16) but having a wide double doors opening to the rest of the first floor. In fac it was there just for ambience fires but it surprised us so much when it keept the house to a warm temp. for quite a long time. The fire box is very small and takes ideally 10 to 12 inches max **logs**. The Squirrel is quite new for us but we like it . The small wood is a big change from the Heritage able to take 21 in. logs. Only the top knob works, the lower in spot welded, it is for European Country burning wood and other combustibles. There are some other threads here about Morso products but I don't remember the titles.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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I like the auber unit because I can run the readout to a remote location. This house it is in the living room above the stove. The old house it was on the desk in the office.
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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I agree, the reading colors are not the very best, with low lighting it becomes not so evident .
Yeah they aren't easy in low light. Luckily after a little of using it you won't really need to read it that much. You will know pretty well by look of the stove. But you really need the thermometer to get that figured out. I also like the alarm on the auber Incase you get distracted and forget to shut the stove back
 

nortcan

Burning Hunk
Sep 9, 2016
226
Quebec
Yeah they aren't easy in low light. Luckily after a little of using it you won't really need to read it that much. You will know pretty well by look of the stove. But you really need the thermometer to get that figured out. I also like the alarm on the auber Incase you get distracted and forget to shut the stove back
What do you mean by : the alarm with the auber ......., how does it work for that ?
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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What do you mean by : the alarm with the auber ......., how does it work for that ?
You set a temp where an alarm goes off actually there are 2 you can set.
 
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Hoytman

Feeling the Heat
Jan 6, 2020
297
Ohio
Yes it's a Morso Squirrel, we use it in a small living room ( 10 X 16) but having a wide double doors opening to the rest of the first floor. In fac it was there just for ambience fires but it surprised us so much when it keept the house to a warm temp. for quite a long time. The fire box is very small and takes ideally 10 to 12 inches max **logs**. The Squirrel is quite new for us but we like it . The small wood is a big change from the Heritage able to take 21 in. logs. Only the top knob works, the lower in spot welded, it is for European Country burning wood and other combustibles. There are some other threads here about Morso products but I don't remember the titles.
That was supposed to say show us more pictures of your stove. Darn autocorrect!

I seen a thread on here where a person ground the spot weld off so the bottom air was functional. If I bought one I would do the same. I really like those stoves.
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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Man you’re all making this a tough choice! I was thinking I could make some sort of furniture to hold the digital thermometer that sits to the side of the stove. Although it may make sense just to KISS and stick with the mechanical unit
That was my thought. The main aesthetic issue would be hiding the power wire that goes to the low voltage power supply and the thermocouple cable that goes to the flue probe. I have run both analog and digital probes on our stove and find the digital unit to be significantly faster in response. And it has a user-settable alarm which we have found to be invaluable.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
That was supposed to say show us more pictures of your stove. Darn autocorrect!

I seen a thread on here where a person ground the spot weld off so the bottom air was functional. If I bought one I would do the same. I really like those stoves.
That bottom should only ever be used with coal or peat
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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What!?!? You’re kidding, right? (Sarcasm)
Not sure what you are getting at. (I know you are joking) but air under wood fire can destroy a stove
 

nortcan

Burning Hunk
Sep 9, 2016
226
Quebec
That was supposed to say show us more pictures of your stove. Darn autocorrect!

I seen a thread on here where a person ground the spot weld off so the bottom air was functional. If I bought one I would do the same. I really like those stoves.
You can get some infos and some photos at : Morso 1410 Squirrel. If wanting some more particular photos, just ask and I will do my best.
 

clancey

Feeling the Heat
Feb 26, 2021
490
Colorado
Yea that's what I want something that sticks on the stove pipe easy and not separate just there..lol Yea Nortcan has a Morso and he loves the stove and heats up a very large area. I was going to get one too but changed my mind because it was just not what I had in mind in the way of heating up coffee and soups in a emergency other than that and the dimensions for me where not square enough--lol I would have that stove too..It's a beautiful little stove...clancey.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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Yea that's what I want something that sticks on the stove pipe easy and not separate just there..lol Yea Nortcan has a Morso and he loves the stove and heats up a very large area. I was going to get one too but changed my mind because it was just not what I had in mind in the way of heating up coffee and soups in a emergency other than that and the dimensions for me where not square enough--lol I would have that stove too..It's a beautiful little stove...clancey.
Just a magnetic thermometer will work fine if you have single wall pipe, you will need a probe if it is double wall. To be clear he said he was surprised by how much it heated. They are great little stoves but they are very small and just don't have the btus to heat large areas for very long.