thermometer probe holders

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by smokeymose, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    I've been trying to find a good (easy) way to position a digital probe to get the temp inside my Masterbuilt. I've noticed some pics where they are held by small chunks of wood. Do they need to be wet or something, or do they just not get hot enough to worry about? It sure looks like a simple solution.
  2. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Use a potato. I use a very small one or just a chunk cut from one. It needs to be wide enough to span at least 3 rods on the grill, IME, and thick enough to hold the probe roughly parallel to the grill surface. I usually try to get the probe into the potato at a slightly upward angle without the cable resting on the grill. I do this in my MES and I do it in my mini-WSM and when I'm smoking with my Weber OTG.
  3. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    I've heard of the potato method, too. Does it get mushy or anything on a long cook? I suppose you have the option of eating it when you're done ☺ Trying the wood block today to see what happens...
  4. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Get you a toilet paper roll and cut it 1" deep and fill it with some high temp silicone. Let the silicone set up a day or two and then cut the paper off the outside then cure it in your oven at 450-500 degrees. Take an ice pick and punch a hole in the middle and then slide your grate probe through it. Problem solved. Make a couple of you want to and space them along the probe. Works great and you can use them forever. Easy to clean too.
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    SM I use a magnet from Harbor Freight on the ceiling,hangs at the level I am cooking.


    The cork rings are so you can see it

  6. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Tropics, I like that. You wouldn't lose any grate space and could raise or lower the probe to suit.
    BBQ Willie that sound nice, too, but I'd need a picture of the finished product. I,m having a hard time following.. So many ideas, guys. This is great!
  7. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I do the potato thing in mine.

  8. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    Now that's a good idea!
  9. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    Well the wood block held up and even came out with a drip badge of courage. Thought I'd throw in a couple of pics of the "test subjects". Wings and ABTs...
  10. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

  11. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

  12. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    What is that,Tumbleweed, a big ol' shoulder ?
  13. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's too easy to go to Amazon and get therm grate clips for a couple of bucs and they will easily attach to your grates.
  14. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Potato will bake if it's on long enough.

    I've got a bunch of the grill grate clips but find them inconvenient to use on my Weber set up. That's where I use a potato. Same is true sometimes in my MES. Potato lets me position the probe front to back instead of side to side which is what the clip requires.
  15. lancer

    lancer Smoking Fanatic

    Poking it through a wad of aluminum foil work as well as anything.....

  16. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic


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  18. r2 builders

    r2 builders Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Jumping on an old thread
    I have been looking for a simple way to place a probe in my smoker.
    The magnet looks like a good solution for me.
    I can place several magnets in my chamber at different levels which would give me ease of placement.
    Have you had any issues with heat transference from the chamber through the magnet to the probe versus the probe on the rack?


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