When we held our first ever Driver Appreciation Day at TC Trans back in December, we took a few minutes with Vice President Chuck Schamel to shoot a short video on how to calibrate a traditional dial and probe pulp thermometer. Recall, from our post last year, the steps to calibrate a basic thermometer:
- Tools needed: glass, ice water, pliers/wrench.
- Place the thermometer is a glass of ice water.
- The temperature of the glass of ice water should read 32F at any elevation (i.e., at whatever level you place the end of the probe in the glass).
- If 32F is not the reading, the thermometer needs calibrating.
- Hold the nut on the back of the thermometer face with pliers or a wrench.
- With your fingers, slowly turn the face until it reads 32F; place it back in the glass to ensure it maintains that reading.
As a general rule, a pulp thermometer that reads 32F in ice water is fully calibrated. For digital thermometers, it is best for a driver to refer to the manufacturer’s directions for calibration.
Chuck has his mug of ice water and expertise ready to go! Watch our latest video below!