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MAVERICK ET-732

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I ORDERED MY ET-732 OVER A WEEK AGO. IT FINALLY ARRIVED TODAY. I'M DEFINITELY NOT COMPLAINING, BUT MY SMOKER DOOR HAS A GREAT, TIGHT SEAL AND I'M CONCERNED ABOUT DAMAGING MY PROBE CONNECTION WIRES WHEN I CLOSE/LATCH MY DOOR. I'M DEBATING ON DRILLING A HOLE IN THE FACE OF THE DOOR, BUT I HAT TO DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT IF I DONT HAVE TO. ANY ADVICE?

post #2 of 10

What smoker do you have? A lot of people run them through the vent.

post #3 of 10

I can't imagine the door seal being that firm to the point that it would not give way for the probe's wire.

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Thread Starter 

I HAVE A LANDMANN 3495GW GOSM. THE DOOR DOES CLOSE, BUT IT SEEMS TO REALLY PINCH THE WIRES. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT LONG TERM USE. I DONT WANT TO RUIN THE WIRES AFTER JUST A FEW SMOKES. I LIKE THE VENT IDEA. THE PROBE WIRES ARENT REAL LONG, BUT THEY SHOULD BE LONG ENOUGH FOR THAT. THANKS!

post #5 of 10
I would drill a hole through the side not the door. I use these little packing bolts to slip the probe in. If you want the probe to go all the way in then you'll need a bit bigger one these are 1/4"

Picture here: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/153856/fritzs-mini-wsm-build/30#post_1120887
post #6 of 10

Use a rubber grommet for the opening which case is mentioning

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dirtsailor and cmayna will steer ya in the right direction, they know their stuff! icon14.gif. WHB
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I like the hole in the side idea. The side location will allow me to reach most, if not all the racks in my smoker with the probes. After work I stopped by an auto parts store and got "heat shrinking tube" and high temp tape to protect the wire/probe connections. I'm not sure if they are just made that way, but mine seemed very fragile. I put on the "heat shrinking tube" first so the connection would seal. The tube has a temperature limit of 275 so I then wrapped that in high temp tape which has a temperature limit of 500.
post #9 of 10
If you're just gonna pass the whole therm through I would just drill a hole and be done with it. That small hole won't effect your smoke. If you're worried about the air leak stuff a small piece of tin foil in there. I have a 1/4" hole in the side of my GOSM and I have never plugged it while smoking. At 10 years old and having been moved a lot it leaks more out the door and else where. Doing through the side does allow you to get to any shelf, especially if you have the 6' probes. Make a small shelf and attach it to the side to set your therm unit on. I will be making that mod soon. Tired if trying to find a place to hang it or set it!
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I drilled holes in the side panel of both of my Big Chief smokers for the probe wire.  Best thing I ever did......besides marrying the wife of course.

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