Protecting the probes...

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by id2nv2nj2ca, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. id2nv2nj2ca

    id2nv2nj2ca Smoke Blower

    I will have a new Maverick 733 delivered today, and want to know the best way to protect the probes.  My 732's stopped working, so I upgraded the unit, too.  But, I want them to last much longer this time around.  $20 for a new probe is a lot of meat that can be smoked, no? ;)

    Thanks for any tips and links any of you may have. :)
  2. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    If you're talking about the joint where the cable enters the probe and sealing it from water or condensation, then I'd use one of the Permatex RTV silicones from any auto parts store.  I got the Ultra copper 700*F.  You can smear it into the braid of the cable a couple inches down from the joint and over the probe/cable joint.   I did it right after the ice water/boiling water test.  I got mine through Amazon.  Sets completely and flexible in 24hrs.  I have never wound up the cables since I opened the box.  I just let them hang straight to keep out the kinks and coil memory.  I just don't want to handle them a lot and coil/uncoil every smoke.  Maybe that will help make them last longer.

  3. id2nv2nj2ca

    id2nv2nj2ca Smoke Blower


    Thank you so much.  I just got home from lunch, the package was waiting for me, and now I will be making a trip to pick that up in the next day or two.  Unless someone else has any other suggestions.  Thanks again.
  4. murdermode

    murdermode Fire Starter

    Couldn't you just use high heat shrink wrap and do the same thing?
  5. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    That's what I did. So far, so good..
  6. Cool good fix

  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    All I have ever done is to wrap some aluminum foil around the wires to protect a tad from my lid closing.  Probably even that was not necessary?

    I had one bad probe early on and got a replacement from:

    Since then no problems at all.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. murdermode

    murdermode Fire Starter

    My dad just buy spares to have on hand. He looks at as one of those things that's just going to happen so be prepared.
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I guess I'm lucky. I've never had a probe go bad on my 732 (now 6yrs old) or my iGrill 1 or iGrill 2. I've read all the fixes but haven't ever needed them. 4-6 uses a week and no problems.

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