The mechanical thermometer

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Le thermomètre mécanique

The mechanical thermometer, also known as an analog thermometer, is a temperature sensor that works without any power supply. Among the mechanical thermometers, you can find the gas thermometer based on changes in pressure or volume of a gas as a function of temperature. Also exist the dial and needle thermometers bimetal, made up of two blades of different metals welded together, their expansion being different, the object deforms with variations in temperature. Also include other analog temperature sensors such as spiral thermometers; when it expands or contracts under the effect of temperature, the spiral converts this expansion into a rotation of the needle on a graduated dial. 🤓 The mechanical thermometer is therefore very practical in its operation. It is also very economical. Reliable, robust and practical, this analog thermometer is mainly used in kitchens around the world, but you will also see it in industry or in gardens. Depending on your needs, you will find several kinds ofmechanical measuring instruments, namely the dial thermometer, the upright thermometer where the horizontal thermometer. The experts of tell you all about the mechanical thermometer.

The mechanical thermometer in the kitchen 🥩

Cooking is an art that requires precision, both in the measurement of ingredients and their temperatures. This is why great chefs always carry a mechanical stainless steel dial thermometer ! In restaurants, chefs and clerks need to constantly monitor different temperatures. 

The frying thermometers allow for example a measurement of the temperature of the oil (or the boiling of the water) by simply inserting the stem of the thermometer in the oil for the most accurate temperature reading. These measuring instruments indicate temperatures in measuring ranges from 0 to 300°C!

The oven thermometers they are placed directly in the middle of the oven for a reliable and efficient temperature reading. They often work with the same temperature ranges as frying thermometers since they both sense high temperatures.

The meat thermometers give you thorough cooking of your poultry and other roasts, simply by placing the stem of the thermometer in the thickest part of the meat being cooked, whether in the oven or on the barbecue.

The candy and jam thermometers are vertical mechanical thermometers stainless steel of course, that you just have to immerse in the food whose temperature you want to know. Very practical, they are clearly marked for hard crack, soft crack, hard ball, soft ball, thread, jam, caramel, sterilization or even frying.

The temperature measurements also respond to health and safety standards in large French kitchens, especially in refrigerators and freezers to keep food and other ingredients at the ideal temperature. These analog thermometers can be vertical or horizontal, and are placed in the refrigerator (professional or domestic for that matter), in the freezer, the cold room or the refrigerated trucks that supply the kitchens.

The mechanical thermometers used in the kitchen are real high-precision and particularly economical cooking and inventory management tools!

The mechanical thermometer in the gardens 🌷

Checking the ambient temperature is obviously not only done by cooks. If you are a gardener (or just have a green thumb) you have probably already needed an outdoor thermometer to measure and control the temperature of the soil, a greenhouse or compost.

Some mechanical thermometers are designed specifically for your needs; you will of course find the room thermometers that you can leave outside even in torrential rain or high heat. Note that there are also heavy duty compost thermometers stainless steel, as well as soil thermometers ideal for any avid horticulturist or gardener!

The different types of thermometers

Whether you are the chef of a large starred restaurant (or a “bonne franquette” restaurant in your neighborhood) or a self-employed gardener, you can count on the mechanical thermometer. If your needs go beyond what analog thermometers can give you, do not hesitate to continue your research on different types of thermometers existing:

  • The thermometer with mercury or without mercury
  • The electronic/digital thermometer
  • PCE Infrared Thermometer
  • Thermometer vs anemometer
  • Thermometer vs recorder
  • Thermometer vs hygrometer
  • Thermometer vs ph meter
  • Thermometer vs Thermocouple
  • Thermometer vs Thermostat
  • thermometer with probe
  • The gallium thermometer
  • Bubble/Galileo Thermometer
  • The multifunctional thermometer


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