Just got a new 22.5-inch WSM and would like some clarification/advice about using a clay saucer rather than water. As I understand this technique, the saucer goes into the water pan, correct? The idea is to create an air pocket between the bottom of the saucer and the top of the pan base. I purchased a 14-inch saucer but it nested totally into the water pan, rather than friction-fitting slightly above the water pan's bottom. Even an 18-inch saucer did the same. It appears that a 20-inch saucer is required, but that's awfully large and heavy -- and I don't know where to get one that big. I guess I could use one of the smaller sizes and put aluminum foil balls underneath to create an air space, but I suspect that some drippings would pass into the water pan since the outer edges of the saucer would not be in contact with the interior of the water pan. Any advice/help will be appreciated.
No. 2 dilemma: I purchased a Maverick ET85 temp gauge with the intention of being able to fit its probe through an eyelet obtained from BBQ Guru. The probe, however, has a metal collar between the probe's non-pointed end and where the wire is attached to it. This metal collar will not allow the probe to be fully inserted into the WSM to the extent that some or all of the wire also is inside. The back end also is too large to fit from inside out. Apparently, this temp gauge is not compatible with the eyelet mod. For the collar to pass through, about a 1/2-inch hole would be required, and that size seems a bit large to be feasible. Will be grateful for any enlightenment.