Need advice "mounting" my chamber probe thermometer

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by scvinegarpepper, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. I'm looking for a better way to "mount" my probe thermometer in my grill(s). I know a lot of people use a hunk of wood with a hole drilled through it. And I'm probably going to do that but I want a little extra support so the probe isn't loosely cradled in the hole. My first question is how big of a hole do I need to drill for the probe to slide through easily? What size bit should I use? Finally, and most importantly, I was thinking about mounting rubber bushings on each end of the hole. That way, the probe has to slide through the two bushings (which are a little smaller than the probe), to make the probe more sturdy in the block. Has anyone tried this? If do, what kind of bushings should I get? Obviously it has to be made of something that could withstand prolonged temps of 300 or even 400 degrees sometimes. My only other concern is mounting the bushings. I would prefer to glue them because I can't think of any other way. But what glue can I use that will withstand the heat as well? Thanks for any advice.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you have a good set of drill bits, just pick one that is slightly smaller than the probe, if the probe won't go thru, then enlarge the hole with the next size bit, and try again until the probe slides in tightly. 
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    300 - 400 might be a bit high for wood, try a sacraficial potato or use an onion... you can eat probably recycle the onion.

    or try bending a thin piece of steel with a hole for the probe, then this could be squeezed between grates.

    Banding wire works well.

    or an old 6" ruler

    or them tablecloth holders for camping


    here's a quick sketch

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2011
  4. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    400*F will kill your probe. Trust me I know......
  5. foxhunter59

    foxhunter59 Newbie

    I used a cork from captain morgan special blend rum bottle. The cork has a fancy wood cap so I drilled through the centre of wood and all the way through the cork. Slid the probe through the cork hole that I drilled (slightly less than the diamter of the probe) and was very tight fitting and no smoke leaks
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    And I bet you drank the Capt. Morgan too!
  7. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    I use a close pin i drilled a hole throw the handle part than just pin it to the grate[​IMG]
  8. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    yep, lost 5 that way

    I am told by Taylor Products, that these probes are not recommended above 390°.

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