Temp probe question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by djinny, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Hey all, this is really more of an inquiry. I have read on here about folks not using the supplied probe holder from Maverick for grate level probes.opting to use wood blocks or potatoes instead of the metal clip.

    I'm rather curious to find out why some would go that route aand what if any benefits one has over the other. Thoughts, theories or opinions?

    Thanks, David
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2016
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Beats me.....I use the maverick clip and have never had any problem.
  3. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I use the clips.  If I didn't have clips, the wood block or potato would work.

  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I use the clip too.

    Can't imagine why you wouldn't.

  5. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    I use the wood block.
    Because I lost my clip.
    Have you seen the price for a new one?

  6. Ed, that IS something I never even considered why others use something else. As a photographer i don't ever question the price of a high end piece of gear but when it comes to the small items that are made of injection molded plastic and they want a Benjamin for it, it really burns my ass and i look for third market or just come up with a work around.

  7. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    None of mine came with a clip 😑
    Wood block works fine for me. I tried a potato but wasn't impressed....
    My wood block has a very nice smoky brown sheen to it now!
  8. bdc3

    bdc3 Smoke Blower

    In the Smoking Basics eCourse it mentions that touching the probe to metal can short it out. This is why it mentions using a potato (or wood block).
    Just a thought.

  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had this concern when I bought my first Maverick.  I had wood blocks with drilled holes for my cheaper wired probes.  I put the Mav in with the clip and a trusted probe with the wood.

    No difference!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  10. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've used the clip with my Maverick 733 ever since I bought it.  Never had a single problem with it.  I'll be using the clip until I break it or lose it--then I'll use a block or potato.

  11. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I have been using a block of wood. Due to the fact I misplaced my clip.
    I like the wood block because I can easily move it where I want during a smoke. Top shelf/ bottom shelf or left or right.
  12. I remember reading that too. 20+ yrs in electronics /electrical and I still don't understand the logic in this. Best I can guess is the thermal mass of any metal racks it touches will certainly mess with the sensitivity of the probe (while in contact) but the probe is already in a metal case and does not share the same gnd or even power supply. Still until I can prove or disprove with logic I'll continue to leave mine hang from the vent in open air.
  13. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The thermometer wires are a thermocouple, two different metals that produce a voltage that varies with temperature.  The interface measure the voltage and converts it to a temp.  There is no shorting it out or metal contact screwing things up.  

  14. Exactly my thoughts
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2016
  15. lamar

    lamar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Mike5051 is spot on.
  16. Sounds like a smart idea as I have yet to really test out the heat spots in every area of my MB gasser. The use of a wood block or a tater would make this a much easier task. I really appreciate all of the feedback so far everyone, thanks


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