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Unread 08-16-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Kettle owners, how do you place your probe thermometer?

I just bought a Maverick et-808c today as my first smoke is coming up. It's not as fancy as the et-732 but I didn't need the wireless, just something to tell me the grate temp.

Now, I've heard about passing the probe through the vent but wonder if it's not a PITA to get back in its place everytime you open the lid? (I know the point of a probe is to not open the lid but I'll probably need to do so to add some fuel once in a while.) Also, where do you attach the base when the wire is pretty short?

I also thought of just running the wire under the lid but thought that might damage it.

What do you guys think?
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Unread 08-16-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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I agree with your thinking. Drilling a hole in the lower section would help, if you had a grommet for it. Most guys just stick a candy thermometer through one of the vent holes in the lid.
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You gotta be careful with a kettle not to get it too hot for the probe. They are meant for low and slow not grilling.
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You gotta be careful with a kettle not to get it too hot for the probe. They are meant for low and slow not grilling.
Weber kettles are meant for low and slow, not grilling?
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Weber kettles are meant for low and slow, not grilling?
"They" refers to probes. Sorry for the bad syntax.
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"They" refers to probes. Sorry for the bad syntax.
I get it now. I agree.
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i use my probes all the time in my kettle. i stick the probe through a halved potato to hold it. i just lay the cable over the edge and carefully lower the lid over it. the thing is to make sure that the cable is laid opposite from the fire. if yer worried you could always wrap the cable in foil.
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I drilled a hole in mine just below where the lip where the lid sits I think I used a 3/16 bit and wallored it out a bit. But for a long time I sat the lid on the wire thought that might damage it over time so I drilled the hole.
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My hole is near my table btw.
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My hole is near my table btw.
A, can you post a pic of it?
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Here ya go northwest imagine the table to your right the hole is just above the cooking grate.I should add that I don't use a grommet because I dont have a metal one.you could chamfer the hole but I didn't I just put the wire thru nice and easy and the next time I move it is when the food is done and I'm finished.
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Here ya go northwest imagine the table to your right the hole is just above the cooking grate.I should add that I don't use a grommet because I dont have a metal one.you could chamfer the hole but I didn't I just put the wire thru nice and easy and the next time I move it is when the food is done and I'm finished.
Thanks for sharing, Big A. You can always stick a piece of foil in the hole to either seal it or make a better fit around your probe wire.
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The only times I ever smoked on a kettle I didn't use a thermometer. Really didn't think it was that necessary.
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I run mine under the lid and pass it through a potato to hold it in place as mentioned before. I still get a good enough seal on the lid and everything works fine.
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Thanks! I thought the lid might break the cable of the probe but if you guys say it's ok, I'll try it. HeSmellsLikeSmoke, don't worry, I'm planning on using the thermo just for smoking. So hopefully around 250F.
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