Kc Combo temperature reading incorrectly?

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when cooking a brisket I don’t get bark forming. I throw it in at 200/180 checking every hour and 3 hours in nothing. My probs read about 40/50 off from the actual temp. I cooked some pork ribs using the 3-2-1 method set at 275 and they came out great. My thinking is my actual temp is off 40ish degrees and I’m thinking of getting a tel-tru thermometer and mounting it somewhere on the lid but I wanted to get some input from you guys. I know the probs are suppose to suck but most of everything I cook cooks like its at a lower temp.
 

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Is the external probe off or is the actual RTD controlling the auger off? In my case, the grille is controlling to a temperature that reads 30 deg or more high when smoking and over a 100 deg high when at high temperature. After six weeks, I received a warranty replacement controller which actually was about 5 deg worse. Have confirmed this error with testing on boiling water and many remote temperature transmitters. New grille has never worked properly. Don't want to wait another six weeks for a warranty replacement again, so I've looked for third party controller online and can't find the exact one for my grille.

I regret this purchase.
 

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Ok, sorry mine is a meat temp probe sorry on my part for misunderstanding. can you take a picture?

From what I understand you might have the controller set at 250 but it reads 300? What does your display say when you set it to actual temp?

In the past I have put a meat probe on the grate and tested temps and it is never the same as the RTD probe depending on where I put it in the pellet grill or my smoker. If you put it near the RTD probe it is usually pretty close.

I could be wrong but I don't think you get a bark at that low of a temp. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I think you need to be at a higher temp to get a good bark, usually 250 or higher.
 

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Ok, sorry mine is a meat temp probe sorry on my part for misunderstanding. can you take a picture?

From what I understand you might have the controller set at 250 but it reads 300? What does your display say when you set it to actual temp?

In the past I have put a meat probe on the grate and tested temps and it is never the same as the RTD probe depending on where I put it in the pellet grill or my smoker. If you put it near the RTD probe it is usually pretty close.

I could be wrong but I don't think you get a bark at that low of a temp. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I think you need to be at a higher temp to get a good bark, usually 250 or higher.
It just cooks like it’s at a lower temp if I set it to 200 it reads 200 but it’s cooking like it’s 160/170 I’m gonna get a thermometer and mount it on the lid cause I’m at a loss for what right is at the moment
 
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I feel like my problem is very similar. I think its due to the placement of the pid temperature probe being right in front of the high side of the deflection plate. I don’t have a problem with the unit maintaining temp I believe it's thinking its hotter than what it is due to the placement of the probe. Im gonna do some experimenting this weekend and try to make a tinfoil dam in-front of the deflection plate and see if that helps fix my problems.
 

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I feel like my problem is very similar. I think its due to the placement of the pid temperature probe being right in front of the high side of the deflection plate. I don’t have a problem with the unit maintaining temp I believe it's thinking its hotter than what it is due to the placement of the probe. Im gonna do some experimenting this weekend and try to make a tinfoil dam in-front of the deflection plate and see if that helps fix my problems.

TBH your not going get a heavy bark on your Brisket or Pork Butt. Pellet grills are not really a heavy smoking grill like a stick burner works.

Pellets vs seasoned wood

Seasoned wood provides far more carbon dioxide, Nitrogen Oxides, acids, and polymers than a bunch of wood pellets. So the expectations to have a bark like this below is not going to happen in a pellet grill.

Stick Burner Yoder Wichita Offset

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Pellet Smoker Rec-Tec RT 700

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