Newbie question re: running leads

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by justjeffindc, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. justjeffindc

    justjeffindc Newbie

    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?
  2. 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.
  3. justjeffindc

    justjeffindc Newbie

    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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