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Newbie question re: running leads

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I'm just getting started in smoking and am a total newb. I got my "starter" unit to play with, and it's an electric Old Smokey unit. I must use electric b/c I live on a highrise, no open flames allowed.


I'd like to get one of the remote thermocouples (like the Maverick or similar) and I see that one must run leads through the smoker to an outside transmitter. Makes sense. But the Old Smokey really doesn't seem to have a way to do that without cracking the lid open a little, which of course is a great way to lose smoke and cool everything down.


Any suggestions?

post #2 of 3

Most smokers have an exhaust vent near the top.  Run your wires through the exhaust vent if it exists.  Another option is to drill a hole in the side and put in a threaded ferrule. (Commonly found in hardware stores to repair lamps, it is a threaded rod with a hole drilled through the middle of it). Run your probe and wires through the center of the ferrule, the threads are locked in place with a crush washer and nut on each side.

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There is no vent at all, so it sounds like the ferrule is the way to go unless someone else has a better idea. Thanks for the tip.

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