Thermometer placement

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mama's smoke, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Could anyone tell me how/where to place the thermometer probe in the smoker and/or grill? I'm talking about a Maverick ET-73 for cooker temp., not the meat. Pictures anyone??????
     
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like to put my thermometer at grate level.
     
  3. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    I'll be interested in this also - am expecting delivery of the same in a day or so.
     
  4. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You put it close to the food that you are cooking so it gives you a reading at that exact spot in the smoker, the temps can very within the smoker so adjust your temps accordingly.
     
  5. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    back when I needed one I placed it on the grate next to the food stuck in a chunk of potato or onion.

    WIth the WSM it isnt necessary.
     
  6. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Am still looking to score a WSM - missed out on the one in Dallas. Have registered my search with Craigslist and am hoping someone will have one for sale soon. Did find a 22 incher in Austin but that's just too far. Don't even know why I looked.
     
  7. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good luck, they seem to pop up on there pretty often. [​IMG]
     
  8. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    They are not ET-73 probes but maybe these help

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  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is the most accurate method of knowing the temp at which your meat is being smoked. Different grates can have different temps within the same smoker.
     
  10. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's a shot of the top grate of my WSM. I also use an ET-73. Here (at the bottom of the picture) I've got the smoker probe stuck in a block of wood and several leads sticking in different pieces of meat. Then I just label the other end to what it's sticking in and I can swap out plugs to check the temps on each piece of meat. Probes are pretty cheap so it saves me from having to lift the lid, pull the probe, clean the probe, insert the probe into a different piece of meat. [​IMG]


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  11. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    I've got to give this a try - never thought to route the probes through the door. I'll admit to some concern about pinching the probe wire between the lid and body. So far though, I guess I've been lucky.
     
  12. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dude, do you find that you need to get the rack temp of the WSM?

    When I originally tested mine the first couple smokes it held 230 degrees for hours on end(last week it held 230 for 9 hours without touching a vent), now I just put my hand over the vent to see how hot it may be running if I am curious.
     
  13. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Jim, Dude - you got some kinda residual deal on the WSM? Passion is good.
     
  14. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    lol... [​IMG] just a big fan. after I borrowed a buddies this summer I had to have one & bided my time until I could get one.
     
  15. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks a bunch. That's exactly what I needed to see. So when do we eat????[​IMG]
     
  16. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    most every Saturday and Sunday. [​IMG]
     
  17. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
     
  18. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I justt drilled a hole in a chunks of wood like The Dude ans then run my probe thou it and just lay it on the grate near the meat.
     
  19. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Love the idea of separate probes. I just ordered my ET-73, so where do I get additional probes?
     
  20. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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