Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by lama1, May 27, 2014.

  1. lama1

    lama1 Newbie

    Here's a new guy wondering the best way to run the leads from my ET-732. Subject has probably  been hashed over but if it has, I can't find it. So will appreciate advice,

    Appears I can run them through the vent, (I have mes30 with vent on top) or I could run them through the door, closing the door and trapping the leads in the door seal. Would pinching the leads in the door hurt them?
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's best not to pinch them if you can avoid it. I run mine through the upper vent in vertical smokers. Also, I wrap my probe leads with several layers of foil for at least as far as it will run into the smoke chamber...helps protect them from temp spikes such as grease fires (unlikely with most smokers, but still is possible), pinching, kinking, and keeps them clean. BTW, running through cabinet doors will likely keep your door from closing tightly, and with electric smokers especially, this could cause low chamber temp issues in cooler weather...it can mess with smoke production as well, due to adding excessive fresh air.

    Last edited: May 27, 2014
  3. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I run mine through the vent on my mes 40. Best way to do it.
  4. lama1

    lama1 Newbie

    Thanks guys. It's great being able to tap into your experience and knowledge.  Leads through the vent it is.

  5. Can you rest the thermometer unit on top of an electric Masterbuilt smoker without damaging it or is the outside of the smoker to hot to rest digital thermometer unit?  Thanks.
  6. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not too hot at all. My boss has a Maverick and an iGrill on top of his, permanently mounted with a homemade bracket.
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  7. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Get a cable entrance connector in the electrical dept. at Lowe's. Only a couple of bucks. Drill a hole wherever you need the probe leads to go and install with the lock nut that comes with it. There is a rubber seal inside to hold the leads and also keeps smoke from leaking out. It works very well. Lots of fabricators use them on custom cookers.

    Good luck, Joe
  8. wichita chief

    wichita chief Fire Starter

    Good idea Joe. That is what I want to do. I've seen this but though $29.95 was a bit high.



    Sorry for the low res images. It's a probe port for Yoder YS480 and YS640 smokers. The electrical connector should work the same. I'll have to hit HD or Lowe's up and look. I'd completely forgot about those.
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use the Maverick ET-733 with my MES 30 Gen 1. The transmitter sits on top using the little stand the therm comes with. the two probes go down the (with my smoker) top vent. The heat to be concerned with is that rising out of the vent with the smoke. The top of the smoker stays cool. I did find out the hard way not to leave the plastic cord ties lying near the top vent; the heat melts them.
  10. Thank you!
  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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