How to Install a Thermometer in a Barbecue Grill Top


Preparing a perfect barbecue meal is often guesswork. Using a grill thermometer helps not only to ensure the perfect meal, but that the temperature of the food is sufficient. Installing a grill thermometer is fairly easy, and the benefits will be a perfect barbecue meal every time.

Things You'll Need

  • Grill thermometer
  • Drill
  • Barbecue grill
  • Nut
  • Purchase a grill thermometer at your local hardware store.

  • Drill a hold 3 to 4 inches above the grate in the grill or smoker lid. For a rectangular grill, it should be 3 to 6 inches. For a kettle, drill 3 to 4 inches above the grate and a couple inches to the side of the lid vent.

  • Remove nut from the thermometer stem and insert through the hole.

  • Secure the nut.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a thermometer that reads in degrees not one that just gives a general temperature gauge such as warm/medium/hot.
  • Do not attempt to install when grill is hot. Keep drill out of the reach of children.

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