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Old 03-20-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default Pit probe isolator

I normally just clip my pit probe to one of the grates with the supplied alligator clip. I understand that this may not be the most accurate way to do it since the heat from the grate may heat the clip up higher than the air temp. What are you guys using to isolate the probe? Or is it enough of a difference to even worry about? Thanks
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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It's kinda hard to see, but I have a couple of these from thirdeye.

I don't see them listed on his tool site any longer.

For my Backwoods Gater, the alligator clips are too small to fit on the grates so I use small jumper clips.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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Probably no difference at all. IMHO the grate and the air temp should be the same unless you open things up a lot. The grate seems to be hotter because it will retain the heat where the air simply vents away and cools rapidly.

To hold my probes, I simply drill an appropriate sized hole in a block of wood and slide in the probe. Wood is a good insulator and the block makes moving the probe very easy.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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I have both types and have run them side by side.

I have a maverick and an engineering grade thermocouple setup

I ran them toghether so I could check the maverick, I wanted to make sure it was accurate enough

I clipped the engineering grade t/c to the grate next to the maverick

there was very little difference, not enough to worry about

Like smokin d said, once things are closed up and running there is very little difference
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