Thermometers for WSM

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by walt408, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. I just purchased a WSM and have a few questions about thermometers:

    1. How do you run the cable for digital thermometers to the outside without doing damage to the cable? Between the lid and the middle cooking seckion? Through the lid vent?

    2. Where and how do you place the digital probe inside the smoker?

    3. Do you replace the stock thermometer in the lid? With what? Is the hole size standard?
  2. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I wood drill a hole for the probe.
    Place probe meat level. A block of wood works great.
    Just leave the stock therm in place butt use a digital for meat and drum temp.

  3. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    I'm 'goin to guess that The Dude Abides and Chisoxjim will be by shortly but....rather than drill a hole, why not run the probe cable through the charcoal door?
  4. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    Cajun Bandit makes these great grommets for just that purpose.
  5. I hope so.

    Why didn't I think of that?
  6. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I dont use any additional thermometers anymore(I used one for the first couple smokes and took note of the variance of the lid therm to the racks). I now gauge what i am doing by the lid therm and by putting my hand over the top vent. I am old school I guess, and try not to overthink bbq.

    Get your charcoal/lump set up right, and the bottom vents right, and the WSM just chugs along around 230 for hours.
  7. dangermouse

    dangermouse Fire Starter

    I used to run through the door, since it leaked anyway. But I bought the WSM upgrade package from Cajun Bandit, and those grommets are great. The upgraded door doesn't leak at all, so having the grommets to run through are nice.
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For my first run I used just the lid therm and it seemed to be fairly accurate. But I am going to get some grommets for getting probes into the meat on the lower rack, just for sheer convenience. Meat on the upper rack I just stick with my quick read dial therm.
  9. I gotta get those grommets! Until that happens, is there a reason one couldn't run it through the lid vent?
  10. rowdyrawhide

    rowdyrawhide Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I just mash it between the lid and the midsection haven't had problem yet

    Hope this helps
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You can run it thru the lid vent.

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