• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Spritzing with maverick et-732

smokeordie

Newbie
9
10
Joined Nov 21, 2013
I just got a new maverick for Christmas and I've read in the manual not to get the braided wires on the probe wet. I always spritz my butt with apple juice and was wondering if this would eventually short out the wire if some gets on the wires. Not really sure how sensitive these wires are but have read reviews that the wires are the only con of the unit.
 

ryan in louisville

Smoke Blower
146
13
Joined Apr 30, 2007
I haven't had a problem getting the braid wet. I think the main concern is getting moisture down the probe tube, between the tube and braid and eventually the sensor itself. Take some shrinkwrap tubing and seal the probe/braid joint. I actually seal mine 2x with shrinkwrap just in case...
 

smokeordie

Newbie
9
10
Joined Nov 21, 2013
So you use shrink wrap tubing around the joint and then wrap it twice after that with just regular shrink wrap?
 

dr k

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
2,415
418
Joined Mar 22, 2013
So you use shrink wrap tubing around the joint and then wrap it twice after that with just regular shrink wrap?
He may have meant a smaller piece of shrink tubing over the joint heated to shrink then a longer piece over the shorter one heated to shrink.  I use Permetex Ultra Copper RTV Silicone you can find at auto stores maybe Walmart etc. Just coat the probe/cable above/below and on the joint it dries flexible with a 700* F heat rating.  There are others that are red/blue etc. if there's no Ultra copper that are a little lower on heat ratings.  This silicone can be pushed into the braid for a good seal.  I seal the braid three inches below the joint over the joint and an inch or more above the joint.  It sets in 24 hrs.

-Kurt
 
Last edited:

smokenado

Smoke Blower
95
11
Joined Aug 5, 2013
So you use shrink wrap tubing around the joint and then wrap it twice after that with just regular shrink wrap?
Heat shrink is what you need slides over the wires use a lighter and it shrinks to protect the wires.
 

ryan in louisville

Smoke Blower
146
13
Joined Apr 30, 2007
Exactly what Dr K said. Put a ~1" piece on and heat it. Let cool a few minutes (or the next one will shrink when you try to slide it over the hot area) and slide a ~2" piece over that and heat it.

If you really want some insurance, apply RTV then double shrink wrap it.
 

noboundaries

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
7,390
1,680
Joined Sep 7, 2013
I've had a 732 probe short out after four uses on a wet smoke.  I don't remember if I was spritzing or not.

I got two new 6' food probes for Christmas.  I've already used one.  Here the unused one with the joint shrink wrapped then wrapped with a high temp electrical tape for added strength.

BTW, the probe that shorted out, started working again after I let it dry out and applied the same treatment.  I didn't expect that and applied the treatment on a whim, but I use that probe all the time now.

 

fwismoker

Master of the Pit
4,281
1,030
Joined Dec 31, 2012
I've shrink wrapped all of mine.

OBTW...no need to spritz meat...all you do is screw up your pit temp and it doesn't benefit the meat.   Keep lid closed and let the temp be your eyes. 
 

flash

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
5,295
42
Joined Mar 30, 2007
 
I've shrink wrapped all of mine.

OBTW...no need to spritz meat...all you do is screw up your pit temp and it doesn't benefit the meat.   Keep lid closed and let the temp be your eyes. 
So a flame does no damage to the probe during the shrink wrap process?
 

flash

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
5,295
42
Joined Mar 30, 2007
 
I've had a 732 probe short out after four uses on a wet smoke.  I don't remember if I was spritzing or not.

I got two new 6' food probes for Christmas.  I've already used one.  Here the unused one with the joint shrink wrapped then wrapped with a high temp electrical tape for added strength.

BTW, the probe that shorted out, started working again after I let it dry out and applied the same treatment.  I didn't expect that and applied the treatment on a whim, but I use that probe all the time now.

 I have been looking for some High Temp electrical tape, but so far best found is around 221º F and I know the smoker will get hotter than that.  What did you use?
 

noboundaries

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
7,390
1,680
Joined Sep 7, 2013
I had a roll of Scotch 27 Glass Cloth Electrical Tape in the garage.  Only rated to 266F but it will go hotter.  They just rate it to 266F for electrical applications.  I'm basically using it for additional strength at the point where probes tend to kink.  I've had no problems with it unwrapping or unsticking and I've run it in the smoker at 325 to 350 for 6 hours; 276-290 for 8 to 10 hours.  Plus it gets a nice buildup on it after a few uses.  It ain't going anywhere.

I just did a search on Amazon and found this stuff rated to 500F: CS Hyde High Temperature Fiberglass Tape With Silicone Adhesive, Ivory 1/2 inch x 36 yards
 
Last edited:

JckDanls 07

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Group Lead
5,621
392
Joined Sep 10, 2011
I did the Red high temp RTV silicone (walmart, auto parts store) under some heat shrink tubing.. used my map torch to shrink it.... cleaned excess RTV off... but I also bought the new and improved (supposedly water proof) probes and did it to those....
 

flash

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
5,295
42
Joined Mar 30, 2007
 
I had a roll of Scotch 27 Glass Cloth Electrical Tape in the garage.  Only rated to 266F but it will go hotter.  They just rate it to 266F for electrical applications.  I'm basically using it for additional strength at the point where probes tend to kink.  I've had no problems with it unwrapping or unsticking and I've run it in the smoker at 325 to 350 for 6 hours; 276-290 for 8 to 10 hours.  Plus it gets a nice buildup on it after a few uses.  It ain't going anywhere.

I just did a search on Amazon and found this stuff rated to 500F: CS Hyde High Temperature Fiberglass Tape With Silicone Adhesive, Ivory 1/2 inch x 36 yards
 The shrink wrap adheres nicely on the probe end but is a little too big on the wire and does not seal well. I did find the RTV silicone at Walmart. I suppose I could dab a bit of that on the wire end of the shrink wrap ??
 

noboundaries

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
7,390
1,680
Joined Sep 7, 2013
 
 The shrink wrap adheres nicely on the probe end but is a little too big on the wire and does not seal well. I did find the RTV silicone at Walmart. I suppose I could dab a bit of that on the wire end of the shrink wrap ??
Absolutely!
 

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.