thanks for the feedback.
not sure about the fat melting. maybe i'll dab it once with a paper towel and see if I can figure that out.
but now i'm lookin' AND touchin'. EEK !
temp is another issue.
I have one probe reading 275 and another reading 235....which is much closer to the 240 on the candy thermometer dropped into the top vent.
I have the maverick 732....but the spare probe reading hot ( 275) is from a 73.
maybe the maverick 73 probe is not compatible ?
either that or one of the probes is bad.