Just got the hoophouse set up today and have been thinking about how to track temperatures both inside the hoophouse and ambient exterior temps. Would be nice to have highs and lows for each twenty four hour period. Would be nice to be able to pull data from the thermometer to a computer and even nicer if that could be done wirelessly.
I thought before I started madly dashing about the internet looking for information on thermometers, I would ask here to see if someone has done the research already and could give me a recommendation or two.
Seems to me that being able to track this, and other information like humidity and light levels and duration would all be really useful data for enclosed growing situations. Good data in general, of course. For outdoor logging you would likely want precipitation and wind speed and direction too.
I find the (at least) twice daily visits to the greenhouse very theraputic, so I am not bothered by the manual recording issue. When I compare it to my "lab grade" thermometer, I find it decently accurate.
My hoop house is 12.5' x 28' and use it as a solar dehydrator for our wood supply, and keep a few tomatoes and fig trees in one little corner.
I like it so much, I may have to build a second one.