Tel-Tru BQ300 Barbecue Grill Thermometer Review

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Tel-Tru BQ300 Barbecue Grill Thermometer

The Tel-Tru BQ300 Barbecue Grill Thermometer is an accurate and easy-to-read instrument intended to replace the small, inaccurate units found on many grills/smokers. With its rounded probe, it is not intended to be inserted into food, although you could probably force it. It has a wide temperature range, but lacks a Celsius scale. The back of the thermometer has a 1/2" NPT thread that will fit through a 7/8" hole. An accessory nut can be purchased at additional cost. Different probe lengths are available, as well as some that do not glow in the dark - this one does! The thermometer can be calibrated by turning a large nut on the rear, although it came well adjusted from the factory.

We took some additional readings to cover the range that this unit has. The results are:
100ºF actual reads ~101º
200ºF actual reads 203º
500ºF actual reads 492º

The manufacturer's contact info is found on the packaging, including address, telephone number, e-mail and website. There is no explicitly stated warranty.

This is a heavy duty, large dial thermometer that reads accurately and should fit its intended purpose well. At nearly $57, it is pricey but well made. We'll give it a Gold medal for exceeding expectations.

Thermometer Function: 
Leave in Cooker
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$56.78
Included: 
Thermometer, instructions
Probes: 
Length: 3.34" (85mm), diameter: 0.25" (6mm), pipe thread on back of dial to mount.
Accessories: 
None
Battery type: 
n/a
Battery life: 
n/a
Min / Max: 
100 to 500ºF (no Celsius scale)
Ambient operating temperatures: 
100 to 500ºF (no Celsius scale)
Display precision: 
At 32ºF it actually reads: 
n/a
At 130°F it actually reads: 
130
At 225°F it actually reads: 
229
At 325°F it actually reads: 
328
Speed from 32°F to 212°F: 
n/a
Speed from 212°F to 32°F: 
n/a
Size of numbers in display: 
Dial diameter: 3.13" (80mm)
Water resistance rating: 
Yes
Alarms: 
None
Weight: 
6oz (170g)
Logging: 
No
C/F Switch: 
No
Backlight: 
No
Adjustable: 
Yes
Auto shutoff: 
No
App: 
No
Colors: 
Stainess steel, glow-in-the-dark dial
Sensor: 
Bimetal
Other features: 
Glows in the dark

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Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath is AmazingRibs.com's Thermometer Maven. He has sophisticated equipment, an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA (almost) from UC Berkeley. Despite being mostly retired, he is still the person responsible for developing and updating all of ExxonMobil's electricians' training modules.

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