Hi All, I'm a newbie who just got a 18.5 WSM. I'm only on my second smoke (Ribs first, then Pork Butt the next day). I use a Maverick ET 733 to monitor temps. My probes get very dark after smoking 6 to 10 hours. ive tried using baby wipes to wipe them clean but the probe that monitors the smoker's ambient temp remains pretty dark - i assume because its exposed to the most smoke.
My questions are:
1) Do you guys get them nice and silver again before using them?
2) Is it normal for the probes to register at different temps when starting up? During my first smoke I noticed a 1 F diff between the 2 probes. I didnt think much of it since it was 1 degree. But on my second smoke there was a 10 F difference - when both were at room temp. Eventually it seemed to stablize but there was about a 10F difference initially even if they were both stored the same way. Just wondering if others have experienced the same thing.