ET-73 + water = bad probe...

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by smoke freak, May 3, 2009.

  1. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Had the smoker probe to my maverick in a metal bowl in a metal can with the lid on sitting on the table on my covered patio. Whew... Seemed safe enough...
    When I was setting up for my rib smoke today I opoened the can and Ill be darned if there wasnt water in the bowl. That aint good...

    Well I plugged in the smoker probe and the temp immediately read 165...then 185...then continued to climb to 265. Crap! So I plugged the other probe in and it read 60...

    Needless to say that another probe has been ordered and that one will stay in the house...probably...
  2. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    Yep, common problem. You have to really watch how you handle the probes.
  3. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have had the same problem with four probes of another brand.

    The cure is to heat them in the kitchen oven at 250* for a few hours.
    This will drive out the moisture inside the probe that is giving the error.
    Be sure you leave the other end (with plastic) outside of the oven.

    Worked great for me.

  4. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Thanks Marv. Now that Ive ordered the new one...Ill try that and see if it helps. Got nothin to lose.
  5. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't mean to take this thread to a new direction, but would anyone know how to clean the tips of the probe? Mine has a lot of black (carbon?). Thanks all. :>)
  6. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Dog, about all you can do is wipe them well with a wet (hot) rag. Some feel the need to sanitize with an alcohol rub. The smoke seasoning wont hurt a bit.
  7. mofo

    mofo Meat Mopper

    I clean mine with SOS pads...

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