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    I am planning to build my first Pompeii oven, and I am researching for a probe thermometer that will be placed on the oven dome.
    The probe must be at least 25 cm (10 inch) long in order to pass through the wall and wall insulation.
    Does anyone have a good suggestion?
    Also, what is the best position to put it on the dome?

    Thank you.

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum Avas! Over the years, many builders have installed thermoprobes in various positions & depths within the dome & cooking floor. Consensus seems to be that although it's interesting at first, their readings soon becomes ignored. Most of us rely on experience & a good IR-gun to determine cooking floor temps. My recommendation is don't embed temp probes and save your money (and time/effort) for other things.
    Mike Stansbury - The Traveling Loafer
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    • #3
      It is best to have an outer sheath for the probe. some stainless tube of the appropriate diameter works well to protect the probe. About half way down the dome works pretty well. I agree with Mike about not really needing them. I have one on my mobile oven as its used by folk who are not used to using the oven. A simple/cheap bimetal oven thermometer placed in the centre of the oven with the door on will read the air temp in the centre of the oven for roasting and baking. There are other ways to gauge the temp for pizza like the semolina test, the absence of carbon on the dome and the time taken for fire up.
      Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.


      • #4
        Thank you guys for replying.
        I agree that most probably it is not needed, especially after you become experienced.
        I am going to install one though, since it gives the oven a more "professional" look, if I can put it this way.
        In a few words, it is not needed, buy it is nice to have it.


        • #5
          It's not a bad idea to make a built-in thermometer. I use the old-fashioned pyrometer, although it seems to me, but it does not measure accurately.