Check the Temp on a Weber 22.5 in Kettle

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by kumitedad, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Due to the unfortunate demise of my smoker, I am not falling back to my Weber Kettle for my smoking.  One question though is what is the best way to check the interior temp.  Would that be snaking my probe through the vent, or maybe using one of my analog thermometers through the vent, or some other way.  I have the hinged grate and the char baskets as well. Will have to soldier on until an uptick in my finances can replace the smoker

    Will try babybacks tomorrow.

    Thanks in advance

  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Stick it through the vent and put it on the grate by the meat with the probe stuck through a potato or block of wood to keep it up off the grate
  3. What Piney said, except I dont go thru the vent as it makes it a pain to pull the lid off...just lay the lid on top of the wire.
  4. smokinal

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

    I've done it both ways. If your wire is long enough, through the vent is OK, but I like just resting the lid on the wire like jj suggested. I've done it that way several times & it doesn't seem to hurt the wire. You can't do it on a WSM, because the lid fits differently & will damage the wire over time, but with the kettle it seems OK.
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Going thru the vent is difficult because of the lifting of the lid you will have to do for fire maintenance, foiling, etc.

    I always carefully wrap my probe wires in 3 or four layers of aluminum foil to give them a little mechanical protection.  Handle the lid gently.  I have never had probe wire problems except with Maverick.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. Thanks to all for the information/advice.  Used a potato, and just rested lid on the wire.  The temp ran a little hotter than I would like, but the end product was superb.  Acutally better than the smoker I used before.  I may stick with this method for a while.  Using a rib rack, I can still do a good amount of smoking, and its immediately available afterward for misc grilling.

    thanks again

  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    What they said. [​IMG]
  8. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    You just can't beat a weber kettle, no how. Of course you can't do 6 butts at a time either but nothing is easier to smoke on than a kettle.

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