How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ

I love my little ProQ Frontier. It’s a first generation model that I bought five years ago when they were relatively unknown in Australia. One thing that niggled me about it though, was the thermometer. It wasn’t long before I knew I had to work out how to install a Tel-Tru thermometer in a ProQ. Fortunately, it’s dead easy. 

The original thermometer…

How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ
– Why Tel-Tru?

Quite frankly, they’re the best. Take a look at all the big teams at the BBQ Competitions – they almost all run Tel-Tru thermometers in their rigs. And these are expensive rigs. Plus, you ask anyone what pit thermometer they’d recommend and they’ll tell you to get yourself some Tel-Trus.

But this wasn’t enough for me. Despite having them recommended to me by the master pit-builder Rob Maxworthy from Radar Hill Smokers, I still had to do my OCD-mandated research.

And so I hit Google, hard, and what did I find? Tel-Trus are the most recommended pit-thermometers out there. So I picked up the phone, rang Rob and ordered 4…

 How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ
– The Installation

Man, I do love presents!

The Replacement…

Easier than I thought…

The first thing I had to do was remove the factory thermometer. I’m a little embarassed to say that I had never actually looked at the underside of the lid of my ProQ so I was very surprised to see that they were just held on with a simple nut assembly.

You also need to keep in mind that I’m an English Language Teacher and my tool box cost $19.95 at Super Cheap Auto. These sorts of things are genuinely surprising to me!

And so I very quickly and easily removed the factory thermometer.

My Super Cheap tool box comes with Imperial spanners… 9/16s for those keeping track…

How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ
– Old Vs New

Hey Good Lookin’!

The biggest advantage of this upgrade is that the Tel-Tru is a near perfect match in size for the original. One thing I particularly liked was the thinner edging on the Tel-Tru allowing for an effectively bigger, easier to read face. The keen-eyed will notice that the Tel-Tru only has Fahrenheit on it. I only cook in Fahrenheit so it works well for me. Celsius purists may have an issue with this.

Mine’s bigger than yours…

One concern I had was that the probe on the Tel-Tru is bigger than the factory thermometer. It was obviously longer and I was concerned that it was also wider and wouldn’t fit. I do have the tools to bore out the hole, but again, my drill cost $35 and my drill bits were 12 for $10. I wasn’t keen on the idea of getting all West Coast Choppers on my smoker.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to: it was a perfect fit and attached simply with a wingnut.

How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ
– The Finished Product

Like a glove!

I was very impressed with this upgrade. The Tel-Tru fit smoothly into the lid and the changeover was incredibly easy. I’d highly recommend any Pro Q owner give it a go: it’s definitely going to be the best two minutes you ever spend on your ‘Q!

Should come like this from the factory!

 

How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ
– Where to get it

If you’re in Australia, you can contact Radar Hill Smokers. If you’re stateside, grab it on Amazon. (N.b. this is an affiliate link)

 

 

2 thoughts on “How to Install a Tel-Tru Thermometer in a ProQ”

  1. Hi there

    Can you tell me what the model number of the thermometer was please or failing that the stem length? Tel-tru seem to do lots of different models and sizes.

    Thanks!

    Ollie

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