insulating temp probes

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by toad359, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. toad359

    toad359 Fire Starter

    Anyone used heat shrink to protect where the wiresgo into the probe on electric temp probes? I think that will protect the connection but I can only find shrink wrap rated to about 250F.

    thanks
     
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do on mine, but I don't cook over 250.  Also, I did mine more for connection weakness than for moisture resistance.

    I go long on the first shrink, and then about 3/4 the length of the first.  The 2nd shrink helps to put a but more pressure on the first.
     
  3. lancer

    lancer Smoking Fanatic

    Kynar will get you to about 350 degrees continuous rating.  The shrink factor is about 2:1 where some tubing is more like 4:1 so you'll want to be pretty careful in measuring the preshrink size.  We like adhesive lined heat shrink tubing for waterproofing.  I'm unsure if Kynar can be had adhesive lined though.  Please check back when you find what you're looking for and let us know how it works out.

    Lance
     
  4. I guess I should have popped in over here first. I just posted a thread on the Meat Themometers  board!

     have you get a maverick and if so what size tubing do you use?
     
  5. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I answered with more detail in the therm area.  But I use 3/16 doubled with silicone.  I have an Auber and a Mav.  I did the Auber with the silicone, the Mav without.
     
  6. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't remember what material or brand that my heat shrink is, but I bought it at Lowe's in the electrical dept. I think I remember it to be 500* or higher, but not sure. I have had many cooks above 350* and have not had ant problems. Good luck, Joe
     
  7. toad359

    toad359 Fire Starter

    Thanks Joe, I'll give Lowes a try!
     

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