Probe(s) into chamber mod

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by hawgheaven, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Okay, I got bored, my mind went on overload, so I decided I needed to fix my digital thermometer cable entry problem into the chamber on my CG. I hated running the cables through the lid and body lip... it made the lid lift up and leak, plus the cables get kinked. Well here's my solution, with little to no smoke/heat leakage:

    First, a 13/16 hole cut into the chamber body, just below the lip

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    Here's a couple of shots of the piece I used:

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    Unit installed:

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    I used a 1/2" NM/SE (UF) Cable Connector #49092 at Lowes. I had to shorten the body of it about 1/16" or so, and shortened the rubber seal inside about 1/8". This gave me the ability to tighten the unit against the body.

    I ran 4 cables through there after installing it with no problem at all. I think this is gonna work out great!

    Stay tuned...
     
  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HawgHeaven
    Nice mod, I remember our conversation and that you were planning on coming up with a fix. Good job !!!
     
  3. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Mossy, and it only cost me $1.92 and less than an hour of my time! [​IMG]

    BTW, I located it centrally from end to end.
     
  4. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's a shot of four probe cables running through the "grommet"...

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  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HawhHeaven, that's a smooth looking mod you performed. Real pro looking job!
     
  6. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Rich! A walk thru Lowes' electrical isle helped me... I have been thinking of how I wanted to do this...
     
  7. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great mod ... that's using the ole noggin.
     
  8. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks cajun! Nice thing about this is it can be used on any type smoker, and it is cheap and easy (kinda like me... [​IMG]).
     
  9. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thinkin' about it, think I got some of those in the garage...[​IMG]
     
  10. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    man i am missing the concept of the the seal.......i SEE it........but and i have seen this type of conduit connnectors........but NOT the rubber seal part of it



    d88de
     
  11. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Can you post the part numbers?
     
  12. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ajthepoolman: here's the part: 1/2" NM/SE (UF) Cable Connector #49092 at Lowes

    Dude: It is a weatherproof seal in it's former life... I figured with the oval opening in the rubber being just a tad bigger than the probe cables, I won't have any leakage from the chamber.
     
  13. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    kewl........thankx dude


    d88de
     
  14. gramason

    gramason Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Great mod, i'll be going to Lowes in the morning.
     
  15. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's what it looks like in the package... just in case anyone is interested.

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  16. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    It's a connector for a rubber cord to a junction box. Great mod, think I'll have to do mine. Thanks!
     
  17. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad to help! I just went to Lowes and bought a couple more, one for the ECB and the other for a future project...
     
  18. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In this case HawgHeaven was thinking both inside and outside of the box, great job !!!
     
  19. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great idea Hawg ... we don't have Lowe's here, so help out a dumb Canuck, would that part be found in the TV cable section or plumbing?
     
  20. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I found it in the electrical section... let me know if you can't get one, I'll get one for you and ship it to ya'...
     

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