Originally Posted by HogFan
So what is holding the long cook probe parallel? Doesn't it sag and hang down or do you just push it in far enough to balance? Where can one find a rubber groomet that works well for this?
Every turkey thermometer I have seen comes with a clip to hold it on the edge of the pot.
I drill a small hole in the UDS for the probe, drop the charcoal basket in, put the thermometer probe through the hole, then slide the clip up snug to the inside of the drum. Holds the thermometer in nice and level. When you want to take things out you just grab a hold of the thermometer head and pull back on it.
Another option is to use a metal valve stem. remove the valve from the middle and the turkey thermometer will fit right through it. The 1 1/2" length is enough to hold the turkey thermometer level.