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Lid mounted temperature gauges measure air temperature inside the grill not grate temperature
A common misconception is that the temperature gauge in the lid of your grill is reading the cooking temperature. This is not true. Lid mounted temperature gauges measure the air temperature at the location of the gauge. The grate temperature can be much higher than the lid temperature due to ambient conditions and calibration of the gauge. If you are questioning the cooking temperature based on the reading from your lid mounted temperature gauge please take a reading at the cooking grate surface. This will allow you to see the actual cooking temperature.