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condit 08-10-2012 11:35 PM

Mini WSM Probe Thermometer Grill Grate Mount/Hack?
After building and smoking with our new Mini WSM, I know I'll be using this thing all the time. For my first cook, I used a probe thermo (which I like) and ran it through an alum foil ball which was placed on the grill grate.

What I'd like to do in the future is to make some kind of a mount that is either attached to the grate itself or the side of the Tamale pan and it will hold part of the thermo and allow the probe to either hang down or stick out straight without coming into contact with anything.

Has anyone "rigged" something like this up yet? Any ideas or pics?

mbshop 08-10-2012 11:49 PM

there have been many differant setups. almost anything that will let your probe through. i use my remote just for the meat though. i suppose that i might rig up something to use a candy temp gauge or whatever to check grate temps. many use the hollow rod used in making lamps. some drill out a bolt.

ardorx 08-11-2012 02:42 AM

The hardware used to hang pictures on walls work excellent :roll: What is use in mine

willbird 08-11-2012 09:39 AM

I saw a picture here somewhere if a neat little one a guy had bolted on his grate, it more or less was an alligator clip sticking straight up, but for me more than 1 would be better. Hmm maybe a brass freeze plug with the clips screwed to it would work ?


realspaazz 08-11-2012 10:09 AM

If I want to monitor the grate temp on my wsm, i just slide the thermo probe through a wine cork and lay it on the grate. I can position it in the available space and the round shape rests nicely between two of the bars of the grate without rolling around.

Bob in St. Louis 08-11-2012 10:58 AM

On my 22.5 WSM, I just drop the 6" long probe down into the top vent hole.
The probe has a 90 degree bend on it that ensures the tip is hovering "in mid air" in the dome. But I'm curious to see what others have come up with.


Tulse 08-11-2012 11:12 AM

I use the hardware from a set of helping hands. I'm sure you can rig up something with alligator clips otherwise.

BeansBaxter 08-11-2012 11:13 AM

A small potato works in a pinch.

FashionBiff 08-11-2012 11:22 AM

Another option would be to get a ring terminal, say 1/4" hole, crimp it to the aligator clip. Now take a screw with some fender washers and wing nut, put the screw through the ring terminal and fasten to the grate, next bend the ring terminal to 90 degrees so it sits up like Tulse's and your done.
Seems like a lot but once you get it done it is easy removed and usable on other grates.
Just a thought after seeing Tulse's pic

Ok after pondering this for a second you could also take a short piece of bare metal I am thinking uncoated coat hanger and crimp the ring terminal to that then also crimp it to the alligator clip and do all your bending with that. again just a thought.

Bludawg 08-11-2012 11:24 AM

Wooden clothes pin drill a hole through the tails.

Tulse 08-11-2012 11:54 AM


Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2172516)
Wooden clothes pin drill a hole through the tails.

I think we have a winner. Simple, free, does exactly what's needed. I'm sold already. Just tried it.

7/32" bit for the Maverick probe.

Mdboatbum 08-11-2012 12:17 PM
Been using one of these since I lost the little doohickey that came with my 732.

condit 08-11-2012 03:54 PM

Wow, lots of great creative ideas. Thanks very much!

Bob in St. Louis 08-11-2012 04:56 PM

Mdboatbum, that's a good idea...... fire resistant, reuseable, and less than $1.

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