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I received a Maverick 732 for a Christmas gift this
year. I have only used it twice so far
and have noticed a strange phenomenon on both cooks.
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I have calibrated the BGE thermometer in boiling water so I know
it is at least fairly accurate. I have
read over and over on this forum that the dome temp is usually higher, as much
as 25 degrees over the grill temp.
After lighting the egg and getting close to temp I added the
Maverick probe clipped onto the grate. I
was using an adjustable rig with a 13x17 oval stone so the probe was nowhere
near in direct line of the fire. As the
temp stabilized the readings between the Maverick and the BGE thermometer were
very close, not higher at the dome. Things
continued this way for a few hours then there was a definite difference in
temps with the grate temp being probably 15-25 degrees HIGER than the dome
temp. This continued this way until the
end of the cook, even as I raised the temp.
Any ideas what is going on here? The only theory that I have is that the drip
pan which was about 3” below the probe now having grease in it may be radiating
heat upwards. Most of the drippings were
in the part of the pan under the probe as I am not on a completely level
surface. The pan however was not directly sitting on the stone so I’m not so
sure that its contents would be much hotter than the grid. I did not move the probe around on the grid
to check if the temp was different in different areas. This was much too good of an idea for me to
think of at the time.
Any ideas out there??