Please help with thermocouple addition.

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by fwismoker, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Right in the very bottom of this stove i put a high pressure turkey fryer burner.  It works great, easy to control my temperature by adjusting the valve on the regulator... What i want to address is the times i want to do long all night cooks i want to put a thermocouple with it so it shuts off the propane if the flame goes out.

    I don't have any issues with it going out but want the peace of mind that i can go to sleep on all night cooks. 

    I'm not a plumber and just know the basics... Will this universal thermocouple in conjunction w/ a pilot light and some kind of control valve solve my problem or can the thermocouple be fastened to the burner so it's in contact with the flame and hooked up to some kind of valve.  Like i said all i want it to do is shut off the gas if the flame goes out. Eventually i'd like to have some type of automatic temp control but that's not paramount right now as it stays pretty steady once it's warmed up. 

    Any help would be appreciated!!!  Thanks, Keith
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I have a one on as part of a tank top propane heater, the kind where you have to hold the red button down until the thermocouple  heats up....I would be happy with something like that but i'm not sure it would would work with a high pressure valve. 
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    FWI, morning....  Please take a moment and rethink your design....  That set up looks like an accident waiting to happen....   Next to the house and all.....  I think, if there was an accidental fire, you insurance would be invalid and injury to persons could happen....  I would not leave that smoking set up unattended for any length of time....
  4. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I was thinking the same thing. It looks like a Rube Goldberg contraption. And that's not necessarily a bad thing as sometimes that's the mother of invention.....but..... Daves suggestion is right on. You may be looking for trouble you don't want to find.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I appreciate your  concern but i wouldn't fire it up it if there was a hazard of any kind.   You really have to see it person to understand, there is no heat at all in between the stove and the house nor between the smoke box (which is a moist environment and is only 300 degrees) if i'm cooking chicken. 

    The  propane burner is at the very bottom of the stove  and the flame isn't  10 inches off of the ground. 

    I am going to hook up  a thermocouple  for all night cooks though....on those cooks the flame is at a whisper because everything is heated up.  This thing holds heat incredibly.  It's a higher propane flame initially to heat things up and then it's backed way down and maintains. 

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