Where to mount smoker probe

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by torchrider, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    I just bought a Maverick temp. gauge with two probes (ET-73). Where and how do you mount the smoker probe? I have a traditional horizontal wood burning pit with side mounted firebox.
  2. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mount it at grate level, close to the food you are cooking to get a true reading, as the temps can vary a bit within the smoker.
  3. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    OK, so probably a really stupid question, but where would I mount the probe to? Shouldn't mount it to the grate correct? Otherwise I am not sure where to mount it. The walls of the pit are smooth.
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Some folks drill a hole in a wooden block and just set it on the grate, pushing it through a potato also works. I have used a clip from a Bayou deep fryer thermo to pass the probe through and clip onto the grates, alas I lost the clip. Whatever you do, keep it fairly portable so you can move it around to accomadate whatever you have in the smoker.
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good advise from an experienced smoker, practical and informative.
  6. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I thought the smoker probe in the et73 came with a grate mounting clip??? and the probe is actually a different shape, looks more like a thermocouple (short and fat) if both probes are the same the best option is a block of wood with a hole drilled in it, potatoes or apples work good but IMO it is a waste of food [​IMG]
  7. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    I've had my ET-73 for two weeks so it's pretty new. The probes are different - the smoker probe has a blunt end, it's shorter than the meat probe and easily slides into the grate clip. I pinch the grate clip so it 'wedges' itself between two bars of the grate. When compressed, the clip does not bind on the probe but it does hold it in place. I keep the 'smoker probe' as close to the smoker session star as possible. Temps do vary in smokers, especially my ECB.
  8. i was wondering the same thing and was about to post a similar question. i noticed on my horizontal smoker the gauge on the smoker reads 50 degrees hotter than what it does at grate level. i bought a cheapo thermometer gauge for grate level but its not digital and i would have to constantly open the smoker to monitor the temp. i still havent been able to cook anything yet because i still havent figured out temp control on it. So i guess i am just going to buy another acurite digital and a piece of wood so i can drill through it. after that i should be good to go. Anyhow thanks for the info

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