melted maverick temp prob?

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by carlo olivares, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. Hi all,

    I was wondering if anyone has had this happen to their maverick temp probes after a couple smokes. The black rubber inside the probe that seems to connect the wire to the probe seems to have melted. I use the probe to monitor ambient temp in my wsm and usually only work at temps 290f and below. I have only had about 6 smokes so i am new to temperature probes and smoking. Probe looks like it works but i am bothered by it. Appreciate your thoughts, anyone come across something like this?

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2015
  2. Carlos

    If it still works put a piece of heat shrink on it. While you are about it do the same to the other probe.

    Happy smoken.

  3. Hi david,

    Thanks for the tip! I picked up some heat shrink but it was the wrong size (whoops) will get a bigger one.

    Was wondering though if the heat in the smoker will be too hot for the heat shrink? Or based on your experience the heat shrink can withstand it?

  4. It will be fine.

    Happy smoken.

  5. Thanks david!
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  7. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Where did you have this probe positioned? Sounds like you might have had it too close to the heat box of your WSM but I could be wrong. I have Masterbuilt electric smoker and I've had it up to 295° (long story) with both probes inside the smoker with no problems. I did have the plastic cord tie on top of my smoker near the top vent and THAT melted from the heat. That's why I'm asking you where in the WSM you placed the probe.
  8. for that smoke, I had the probe on the lower grate of the wsm - it was basically still above the water pan which should have diffused the heat. 

    I did however leave the probe in the smoker even after i had pulled the meat out. I wonder if the smoker climbed up in temperature after that (i cant recall if i closed the vents after i pulled the meat out. 
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The meat acts as a heat sink so after it's removed all the heat the meat was absorbing now radiates up into the cooking chamber and if you left the probe wire on top of something hot and metallic, that's all she wrote. Remember that I wrote that one of the probe cord plastic ties melted when I left it next to the heat vent on top of my Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse. But I would think the plastic covering the cord would have been designed to withstand the WSM interior heat.
  10. Thanks daRicksta

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