Cover thermometer wires?

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by mama's smoke, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I just bought a Maverick ET-73 thermometer and already had a different Redi-Check thermometer. Should I cover the wires leading to the probe? I saw one Qview which appeared to have foil covering the wires and another with shrink tubing. Is this necessary or recommended?
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some folks do cover the wires.. It helps avoid fraying the wires and also helps with keeping them clean...Happy smokes..
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I cover mine with foil just to keep the cables clean, I got the idea from someone on here, just dont remember who.
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmmm that is a good idea, was wondering how to not have wires get all used up look
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wrap mine a couple of inches from the probe to keep them from fraying.
  6. I've never wrapped mine before...guess that would explain why they are so dirty! Never really thought about them fraying. I know they can withstand high heat, so durabilitiy and safety was never a real concern. However, I left my good thermometer at my girl's family cabin up in SD over thanksgiving. WORD OF CAUTION: I bought a POS thermometer at Target that I took back immediately. It was a Taylor wireless therm that looked decent in the box, but the probe wire was a little plastic tube that looked like a phone charger chord. These are definitely not oven or smoker safe, however the box does not mention this or even show the cable from what I remember. I tested it in the oven and it began to melt at 250'! The thing was 30 bucks too. Here's the link:
  7. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I suppose it'll keep the aliens from monitoring your smoker as well...
    Don't cover mine... Guess it's not a bad idea though, kinda like flushing a transmission, if ya do it from the begining it;s ok, if not, don't bother..
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have two Taylors and a Polder, I've used them in smokers and ovens without the need to cover them. I'm still using the same cables after 7 years. Your choice my friend.
  9. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with Rich, although he has a few more years on his probes than me. [​IMG] The Taylors are plastic so I see no need to cover them. The Maverick ET-73 has the steel braided stuff. I foiled them once and it was such a pain to get them thorugh the hole into the UDS I took the foil off. Haven't really had a problem with them.

    I don't wash them per se. If one gets stuck in food I sanitize it with a Clorox wipe. If the probe gets too dark or gummy I just use a Scotch Brite pad to clean it up.

    But if it makes you feel better to cover it, by all means do so. [​IMG]

  10. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a Maverick ET-73 and the only thing I've had go wrong with it is the wire broke right at the point of insertion in the probe. I wrap mine with foil right at this point to keep it from bending hopefully keeping it from breaking again. The only other place I put it is around the wire if I have to run it through the door.

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