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cleaning the dome thermometer?

Electric DonElectric Don Posts: 28
edited 4:38PM in EggHead Forum
Any thoughts on whether and how often to clean the dome thermometer -Mine's pretty cruddy after maybe 18 cooks, and I can't believe it doesn't affect the accuracy. thanks for your thoughts.[p]electric Don


  • RRPRRP Posts: 20,445
    Electric Don,
    you mean the dial or the probe? The dial can be wiped clean with a damp rag and I will occassionally take a SOS pad with a smig of water to clean the probe and then wwipe clean.

    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • RRP,[p]Thanks, RRP, it was the probe I was wondering about - thinking that the crud that builds up surely would affect the accuracy. Thanks for your reply. [p]Electric Don

  • KevinHKevinH Posts: 165
    Electric Don,[p]In three years of owning the BGE, I have never cleaned the probe of my dome thermometer. That's more than 200 cooks according to my records (plus the ones I forgot to record after a few beverages). I haven't noticed any ill effects. I think the amount of crud tends to stabilize after a while. [p]Of course, this also means I haven't calibrated the dome thermometer since it was new. Some will tell you the thermometer should be calibrated regularly, but I haven't had any problems. If it ain't broke ...[p]-Kevin
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    Electric Don,
    Whenever I clean something metal(grill racks, probes,etc.) that has been exposed to that much soot, I just use a quick(and I mean quick)light spray of oven cleaner on the probe..let it sit for about ten seconds and wipe clean with a "throw away" rag. It'll shine like new, just be aware that oven cleaner is caustic. If you don't have any oven cleaner around the house, keep in mind that a tarnished probe just gives a better seal than a clean one. Happy Eggin'.

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