@ eolson great minds must think alike as the test version of this uploaded temperature to Open.Sen.se so I had temperature charts, but as I mentioned in the other thread I was worried about overwhelming my data upload rate for Open.Sen.se so I took it out, but in the version I used I tracked the min/max temperatures once I hit my cook temperature so I knew that my cook temp was safe and I also put in an alarm if the temperature fell below limit temperature and this saved my butt when I found out that the crock pot I was using when turned off (ie the controller decided it was hot enough) didn’t turn back on when the controller turned the power back on, so the alarm alerted me to this ‘feature’ of the crock pot. So at the bottom of the screen there are 2 numbers 134 and 149 and those are my min/max temperatures after I hit my targeted cook temp of 145.
The crock pot wasn’t bad for consistent temperature around the pot as the stoneware liner wasn’t too bad at ensuring even heating (had a bit of latency as I turned off the power when water temp > target temp, so I’d change that a bit next time), but using the manual gauge I did notice a small but measurable temperature gradient from bottom to top of the water level so a circulator would help with that. The max temp was influenced a bit by me moving the sensor around and at different depths, so if I left it at one place the temperature range would have been less (the min was me being slow to respond to my alarm and then figuring out what the heck was going on as my test crock pot had a purely manual switch that turned when I powered it, so I wasn’t expecting this pot to work differently). If I was doing eggs where I needed finer control over the temperature I would use my smaller crock pot (the pot used to cook the chops was rather huge as I had a pile of chops in there) as hopefully it would give me a better consistent temperature throughout the pot. It sounds like it would be a good additional experiment so I’ll have to give it a go and see if it works. I’m a scrambled egg kind of guy (with lots of fresh cracked pepper), but the wife thinks she is a eggs connoisseur, so I’ll have a pretty fussy tester for this.