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post #21 of 28

If you place the heat shrink onto the connection between the shielding and probe, the first time you place them into a hot smoker will shrink the tubing into place.

post #22 of 28
Lowes has the shrink connections in the electrical dept. There are about 6-8 in a bag for around $3. My question is will a hair dryer work on high as well as a heat gun?
post #23 of 28

Probably not.... You can use a bic lighter

post #24 of 28
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Lowes has the shrink connections in the electrical dept. There are about 6-8 in a bag for around $3. My question is will a hair dryer work on high as well as a heat gun?


Not as well as a heat gun, but it will work.  I've done it.  Following with the Bic lighter is a good idea. 

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Joe Black View Post

Lowes has the shrink connections in the electrical dept. There are about 6-8 in a bag for around $3. My question is will a hair dryer work on high as well as a heat gun?


Look at the temp rating.  I got a 9 piece colored assortment pack from Harbor Freight for under $2 for minor electrical work and it said 125*C which is 257*F.  I won't seal my probe with that.  You could put the shrink tubing over the joint and lay it in your smoker to seal it.  Low temp shrink tubing will get sticky and deteriorate. I would shop for high temp shrink tubing .  I bought RTV Silicone 700*F for sealing probes.  It's a lifetime supply the size of a tube of toothpaste less than $10.

-Kurt 

post #26 of 28

http://www.mcmaster.com/#heat-shrink-tubing/=x70z90

 

Bottom of the page, good to 500 degrees.

post #27 of 28
Any thoughts about the RTV and heat shrink tubing giving off noxious fumes when heated in the grill or smoker? That's the only thing I'm worried about doing these mods to the probes.
post #28 of 28
I don't know anything about RTV, but I sealed my probes with the heat shrink tubing from Lowe's. The probes have been in the smoker numerous times at heats up to 400* with no problem. I have not noticed any odor or taste of any kind. No worries.
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