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Cleanin thermometer

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Just got done with my 2nd smoke with the wsm and took a peek at the inside lid at the thermometer probe,

is it necessary to clean or wipe that off after a few smokes? thanks.

post #2 of 10

I've never really given any thought to giving the temp probes a wipe down after doing a smoke. I run a Lang that has two thermo probes on it, a GOSM that has one and an electric UDS with one in the lid and a propane grill. Never cleaned a single one of them. The only probe that gets cleaned is the food probe from my digital thermometers.

 

I bet most of the folks that answers this will tell you that they don't clean the cook chamber probe either.

 

YMMV~

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks Dutch.. I just wondered if it would help with the reading the correct temp after time or not.. it will be

intresting to see what everyone else has to say.

post #4 of 10

I just came in from cleaning out the grease and gunk from the inside of my smoker. I always wipe off the stems of my therms. I don't know if makes any difference as far as reading the temps properly or not, but I figure if I'm going to all the trouble to clean the smoker, what's it going to hurt?

 

Doesn't cost anything to wipe them off.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

is it good to have a coating of grease on the inside, kinda like cured or should i be cleaning it after each use..

sorry to sound dumb but i never had a smoker before.

post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by skin-man View Post

is it good to have a coating of grease on the inside, kinda like cured or should i be cleaning it after each use..

sorry to sound dumb but i never had a smoker before.


As long as the coating isn't too heavy & gross, it's good to leave it. Keep the cooking grates clean though.

post #7 of 10

Im like Dutch I clean them once and while,but always clean the food probe.

          have a great day smoken

post #8 of 10

I cleaned the one in my WSM for the first time in about a year the other day.... course then I broke the therm later that day..... lol.

post #9 of 10

Never have cleaned mine, just the food probes.

post #10 of 10



 

Quote:
Originally Posted by skin-man View Post

Thanks Dutch.. I just wondered if it would help with the reading the correct temp after time or not.. it will be

intresting to see what everyone else has to say.



I can only speak from my experience on the subject. I have a GOSM big block, with three temp gauges on the door. While cleaning the racks, I decided to clean the therm stems too. I did notice a difference in the readings. So now, whenever I clean the racks I also clean the therm stems. I use an oven type cleaner, then rinse with water. I finally light the GOSM, and make sure that everything is dry before I smoke anything. It's all good my friend.

 

 

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