Monitoring hot running temperatures

Chris McGauley /
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Hey guys, I have an idea.

Do you think it would be suitable to apply some kind of oil that has a known smoking point to the cylinder so that, when it gets that hot, it will begin smoking and alert you to the problem?

I don't want to shell out the money for a fancy thermometer so I was thinking of alternatives and I realized oils or other fluids will smoke when they reach a certain temperature.

So, for instance, slathering a head or cylinder's fins down with some canola oil (http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/collectedinfo/oilsmokepoints.htm) and seeing if it smokes for a temperature monitor.

Thoughts?

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