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E-Z way to get rid of thermometer condensation

edited 10:02AM in EggHead Forum
Haven't been around in a while so I don't know if this has been covered, but last night while keeping a close eye on my start-up temp, I held a lit wooden kitchen match to the glass (actually 3 or 4) and the condensation, which had been so thick that I could not read any of the numbers, evaporated before my eyes. After about an hour the moisture built back up again, though not as heavy, so I repeated the process. Light moisture in there again this morning, so I did it one more time and it is now clean as a whistle.


  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,814
    TOROLNSTND, I assume you have the second generation plastic lense so you'll want to be careful with that match. As for one of mine it got so much water inside that 1/3 of the dial was in water! I finally took a Dremel and drilled a tiny hole at 12:00 and 6:00 and blew the water out, let it sit in the hot sun a week and then ran scilicone clear around and filled the tinf holes. Still works...

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  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    <p />TOROLNSTND,[p]
    I assume you have an old thermometer with glass cover or the newest one with glass, if you have the plastic covered thermometer this will not work.[p]The moisture must be forced out and not just converted to a very humid area (which is what you made it do with the match). Place the thermometer in a toaster oven for 5-10 hr at 200-250 deg. This will dry it out. Then apply a tiny bead of clear caulk where the glass/metal meet.[p]Tim

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