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Is your Thermometers Temperature Probe temp off? Don't throw it away you may be able to fix it!

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

Do you have a junk drawer full of bad probe sensors for your thermometer? They may not be bad after all. Don't make the same mistake I did and throw out your old probes just because the temperature is off!

Is it just me or do all of these probe sensors last about as long as a phone charging cable?

There are two ways to test for accuracy and that is ice cold frozen water or boiling water. Boiling water is the easier and faster way. Once it boils the temp should be 212 degrees right? Well unlike the temperature gauge on Kamado Joe or the old school probes there isn't a screw to adjust on the sensor, so how do we fix it?

The cause maybe moisture in the probe itself. This can happen in a couple of ways, the moisture built up when cleaning the probe(don't submerge in water) or maybe it happened during cook as all that fat renders down into melt in your mouth juicy goodness.

The fix is to bake the probe in the oven at 350 for about 10-20 minutes. As with all probes your want to be sure not to kink any wires or even have them rest directly on the metal grate.

I gave mine a good 30 minutes just to be on the safe side and it came down to within 10 degrees of the other probe. It was originally about 30 degrees off. Not 100% accurate but it may be the device itself as it is my Famili brand and not the Inkbird. I just wished I had discovered this trick before I threw out some of my old probes.

The one thing I do regret is that my Inkbird doesn't have a reset for the probes to recalibrate. The wifi version does.

Check out Common Probe Mistakes a Probe Safety Guide by Thermoworks for more useful information!

Products I used that you may find useful:

This $100 model has the calibration feature:

A very useful site Everything Kamado, Grilling, Smoking and BBQ

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