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Unread 04-29-2013, 11:53 AM   #16
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Another option is the "Tel-Tru Smoker Thermometer Installation Kit".
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Unread 04-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #17
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If you have a good local hardware store you should be able to find one. I find that buying the right numbered drill bit for the tap is the most important step. Buy them as a set and keep them together. Oh, it looks like there isn't a numbered bit for that size, still, make sure the bit is the recommended size. Look here....

http://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-in...rill-Size.aspx
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You should be able to get a Hanson tap at Ace Hardware for about $18.
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Only try to cut about 1/4 turn each time before you back the tap and clear the chips. Use plenty of oil, your taps should last for yrs. Also be sure to start with the proper size hole. Auto parts stores usually have some taps on hand..
Most definitely a good tip. When I chased the factory thread with the HF tap lubricated I could only get around 1/16 turn before backing it out. If I had gone farther I am sure I would have snapped it.
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Pipe taps are pricey, if you can weld consider a 12555K83 tank flange. http://www.mcmaster.com/#tank-flanges/=mj5vcp
Nice idea & I do have a stick AC welder but I don't trust my skills, I have only used it once to repair a cracked grate rail weld. It was an ugly experience but I did manage to secure the rail.
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Another option is the "Tel-Tru Smoker Thermometer Installation Kit".
Hadn't seen that, thanks!
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You should be able to get a Hanson tap at Ace Hardware for about $18.
Thanks, I have heard of Hanson before but have never used one.
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Remember, pipe threads are tapered and only go so far, they are not like bolt threads. Pipes tighten by the threads wedging the two tapers together. I think this is the main reason people break them off.

Turn 1/4 to 1/2 then turn back to break the curl stop when it gets tight.

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If you have a good local hardware store you should be able to find one. I find that buying the right numbered drill bit for the tap is the most important step. Buy them as a set and keep them together. Oh, it looks like there isn't a numbered bit for that size, still, make sure the bit is the recommended size. Look here....

http://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-in...rill-Size.aspx
You're looking at a chart for regular taps, not pipe taps.

http://frentzandsons.com/Hardware%20...orpipetaps.htm
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Thanks for correcting that Cris, i just read Jeff's post and realized my mistake. Doh!
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most home stores will have good ones. and yes, there is a way to do it and thats been explained. take care of them and they will take care of you. i still have my metric snap on set that i bought in '75 .
instead of sets, just buy what you need. sets always have taps that you never use.
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I always weld on a couple 1/2" NPT fittings for my tel-tru thermometers to screw in to. They are cheap, cut one of these in half and you've got 2 of them - http://www.lowes.com/pd_22480-88808-...%7C1&facetInfo=
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