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dome thermometer risk

TF1TF1 Posts: 16
edited 10:14AM in EggHead Forum
Do I run the risk of "punturing" the bird with the dome thermometer if I cook a 20lb turkey on an evevated suface? ie...using firebricks to elevate/ or inverted platesetter?....thanks for your insights


  • TF1,
    The dome thermometer is kinda long, so if you fill the dome with a big bird like that, you might want to to play it safe and slide the thermometer out an inch or more. Just remove it and place something like a couple of nuts and washers in between the face and the dome before clamping it back into place. [p]I found a spool of aluminum pipe hanger material thats about an inch wide and perforated every 3/4 inch, I cut off and bent up a piece that holds my thermometer nicely.

  • GretlGretl Posts: 670
    Citizen Q,
    I use half of a wine cork. Works for me.

  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    TF1, the easiest way is to just take the clamp off the thermometer. If it hits the bird it will push it out and you can see how much it has pushed it. I use a full wine cork and no clamp and it works great. Also, it makes it easy to switch from mini to medium.

  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    What I do is set the "clamp" way down low on the thermo probe. That way I can run it full in, or pull it full out. When I load Mr. Big, I pull the thermo out. If I know I'm going to do something flat (brisket, for example) I leave it full in. (Gretl's wine cork is an excellent addition to your arsenal. Since I don't drink any more (or any less :-)) I use a cork from the hardware store, drilled lengthwise. Makes a most excellent standoff, so you don't end up reading the temp of the dome.

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