Hightemp RTV Silicone on a Maverick Probe...where..help!!!

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by cohiba, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. Hey All,

    Yep, it's that newbie from Oklahoma again. Well, I'm getting my accessories lined up before my Birthday and now I have some questions.

    I just bought a Maverick ET732 from Jeff at A-MAZE-N Products a few days ago...and I'm sure that it's in my mailbox as we speak. Can't wait to get home from work and check it out.


    Can someone please post a picture of the correct placement on where a person places the hightemp silicone on the probe/wire area? Please!!
    I don't want to screw it up...I want to preserve it for continued use...so I'd like visual instructions as to the location.

    What temperature of silicone should I use..the red or black. The guy at the autoshop told me the black has a higher temperature rating than the red.

    Any personal tips or tricks on maintenance on the Maverick ET732.

    Thank you for your help, it is appreciated!!!
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  2. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Who told you to silicone in the Maverick wires?  I never heard of such a thing. You will need to take the probes out to clean them (especially the meat probe).

    There are a number of ways to install small ports that the probe and probe wires can be fed through to the interior of a smoker (port design varies by smoker type). You can also just let the probe wires be held in place by the door seal or lid of a lot of smokers.

    What type of smoker do you have?  I remember at one point you were looking at Smokin-it smokers but did not know if you bought one yet. 
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  3. dward51..

    I keep reading that the Maverick goes haywire when people clean it and get water at the ( I guess) spot where the wire meets the probe.  Resulting in having to buy a new probe/wire because the water/cleaner shorted it out.

    As for smokers...and being in Oklahoma...and gettin' a pretty darn good price on a Cookshack, I'm really lookin' at them.  I haven't totally ruled out the Smokin-It...may still go with it.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  4. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    You should never submerse the probes in water. I just carefully wipe my meat probe with a scotch bright to get any stuck on food off of it then wipe with alcohol on a paper towel before ever sticking it in meat, I wipe all my temp probes with alcohol just before sticking the meat.
    If you are gentle and careful with them and don't immerse in water you will be fine and they will last a long time. I've had mine for over a year and a half and use them almost every weekend and they are still going strong.
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  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Probes,sending/recieving units,and batteries are indeed touchy around water, I found that if you suspect Water , wrap in a large towel and lay it in a warm place for a few days, it should dry it out.

    Have fun and...
  7. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    Don't you use boiling and ice water to test the accuracy of the probe?
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yes, but the only part that is sumerged in the water is the probe tip.  If you let the wire/probe connection submerge, you're gonna have issues.

  9. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I used red on mine.  Just apply some on a toothpick and then dab it around the end of the probe, up about 1/4 inch.  Have not had any trouble with any of my four probes since doing so. To me it was cheep insurance as I was replacing them on a regular basis before.
  10. michief

    michief Smoke Blower

    Does this allow you to submerge them for washing?
  11. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I haven't deliberately tried it.  It was mostly protection from my wife and I cant say if she has unintentionally tested it. 
  12. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

  13. simple

    simple Smoke Blower

    Never thought of using RTV to seal that junction point.  I've always slid a piece of shrink tube over it and then heated with a hair dryer to shrink and seal.  I don't purposely dunk them in water, but it has kept things going through the occasional accidental quick dip and rainstorms when I neglected to put them away after pulling them from the smoker...
  14. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I agree, mine seem to get moisture on them no matter how careful I am.   I can't say that adding the seal water proofs the probe, but I am one who has a watch that is water resistant too 150ft and still take it off before showering.  I like the shrink wrap idea.  Think I will put the shrink wrap on over the seal, what can it hurt?

    I would take a picture, but my camera doesn't take good close ups. Forgot to mention above to overlap the probe slightly also.
  15. MrT59874,

    THANK YOU!!!  I have posted the same question in a few other forums and all I got was jibberish!!!  Thank you!!![​IMG]
  16. I have read this thread with great interest, and I simply can't wrap my head around the fact that water could damage one of these temperature probes.

    Please, I'm not even going to attempt to tell people not to believe their own, real life, experiences, and I would be one of the very first people to believe you all, and RTV my probes.
  17. After doing some web searches, even the Maverick website says that there can be problems with the probe wires shorting out due to moisture.  Hard to believe that probes with problems such as this would be of any use at all in cooking.  Do other probes with braided sheathes have the same problems?
  18. What's really funny is that after reading other smoking forums, you read about others having the same problems with these probes.  Several have received letters back from Maverick stating that they have no problem with the probes, and that their testing shows that the probe seals are tested to a success rate of 99.9%.  Yet the Maverick site warns against getting the probes wet, or even damp.
  19. jwbtulsa

    jwbtulsa Meat Mopper

    It can be a universal problem of most temperatrue probes. If moisture enters the probe, it can eliminate the resistance of the two wires within the probe; essentially shorting out the thermistor. Typically, you will get a "low" temp error code on the Maverick probes. I have ripped the guts out of a probe to let it dry and then replaced it and sealed. good to go. The metal sheath on the probe wire is just to add strength. It to can retain water within its braid and eventually produce failure. Basically, temp probes are just like everything else in life. Take care of it, follow instructions provided, and it will last a long time.

    I have never sealed my probes, nor have I have worn my watch into the shower. I have however, dropped my cell phone into a toilet:!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2013
  20. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    jwbtulsa, I'm afraid to ask what the sound quality was like afterwards.

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