not sure what the temp gets up to numerically but the temp gauge gets almost all the way to the right
Are you sure it's working correctly? There's a reason they were made without numbers.
Mine goes ALL the way to the right. My mechanical gauge never gets above 190. I can watch it and tell when the thermostat is open/closed.
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