GRinRI wrote:I run one between the stove and manual damper and one on each side of the stove.
Not being wise here but what do the 2 thermometers (one on each side of the stove) tell you that helps in running your stove better than just looking at the coal bed? (one side is almost always burning better than the other)
If the temp difference gets to be too much, for too long, I'll know (or start thinking) that it's getting time to poke.
Most everyone here knows how hot they run their stove. I just wanted to know how hot it is on both sides. If the cooler side is the side with the bi metal air control, the hot side runs that much higher because the bi metal spring doesn't get up to temp. Now I know how much higher it is. If the hot side happens to be on the air control side, the stove struggles to get up to temp because the spring gets up to temp before the cool side gets going.
Do the two of them give a better idea than looking at the fire? I think so. I could get by without them and did just fine with just one thermometer on the stack. I didn't mean to imply they are needed. I just LIKE to know what's going on and I do think the help with the guess work and learning a new stove.
The thermometers were only $11 each. (Condor Woodsaver) they are black and look good on the stove. The only negative side is that I now seem obsessive. (I think I am)