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By: Bill McGrath
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.
Published On: 5/31/2014 Last Modified: 1/25/2021
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