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Like a kitten with a ball o' yarn, I'm tangled up in thermocouples

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  • IowaGirl
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 458
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    Like a kitten with a ball o' yarn, I'm tangled up in thermocouples

    Over the years, I've acquired several digital thermometers, mostly from ThermoWorks, with varying types of thermocouples. I have grown to believe all thermocouples are tricksy, mean little creatures.

    For a long time, I carefully coiled each thermocouple wire, fastened the coil with a wire tie from a bread sack, and stored it with its brethren in a kitchen drawer. Of course the wire never lays in a tidy, flat coil, so it takes up all kinds of room in the drawer and tangles with anything nearby. When time comes to use one, the wire inevitably refuses to uncoil nicely -- it wants to kink and tangle some more.

    I've lately gone to draping the thermocouple wires over a hook in my kitchen, leaving both ends dangling. What with needle sharp tips, they pose a bit of a safety hazard, especially the ones with a 90 degree bend in the thermocouple. But they are sure easier to grab and use.

    Any tips for how you store your thermocouples?

    And do you have a preference for straight thermocouples or ones with a 90 degree bend?
  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 364
    • Eastern NC
    • 2018 MAK 2 Star
      Charbroil Big Easy SRG

    they make a thing like a mini hose reel. Some of 'em are fancy and will clip the probe in place too!

    *edit* tried to find a link for one, but only find probes that come with them, I'm sure someone has a more proper term or even a link for you


    • mountainsmoker
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 1466
      • Bryson City, NC

      I put two or three twist ties on them. They lay flatter and don't tangle that way.


      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 11163
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          Pizza insert
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          lots of probes.

        You can take the cardboard roll from any type of wrap and cut it into 2" or 3" sections, and cut a slit on each end. The put your probe inside a section and place the wire from the probe end in one slit, carefully wrap the wire around the section, and place the connector end in the other slit. That will keep them fairly neat, but it's a bit bulky.


        • Skip
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 2536
          • Blue Earth, Minnesota
          • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

          Mine are coiled and tied with twist ties and in a box in the garage with my other outdoor BBQ stuff. They are not always neat and tidy but it works ok.


          • HawkerXP
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 4277
            • Northern Virginia
            • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
              Dot w two probes
              Slo n Sear
              Cold beer

            I coil mine and put in ziplock sandwich bags.


            • Mudkat
              Mudkat commented
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              This sounds simple and organized.
          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 6757
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            I sort of wrap em the way they came & shove em in the box they came in, then into a bigger box to hold em all. A Guy thing.


            • smokin fool
              Club Member
              • Apr 2019
              • 907
              • Mississauga, Ont

              These rigs come with the Weber iGrill
              I’m sure they’re available separately on a website
              Attached Files


              • IowaGirl
                IowaGirl commented
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                A quick look on google doesn't show this type of thermocouple organizer being sold separately. Maybe they're out there -- just haven't seen them yet. But earbud organizers also popped up, and some of those designs could be translated to thermocouples. Thanks for the inspiration.

              • Razor
                Razor commented
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                The Weber ones are so nice. I wish everyone did that.
            • THE Humble Texan
              Club Member
              • Oct 2017
              • 150

              I use snack size zip-lock bags and have a special shoebox sized plastic container with lid to keep all the Q odds and ends in for neatness.


              • HawkerXP
                HawkerXP commented
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                I do the same.
            • klflowers
              Club Member
              • Sep 2015
              • 2377
              • Tennessee

              I coil them up and use a rubber band or a bread package tie to keep them coiled. My wife gave me a galvanized metal tool box looking thing for Father's day; it is overflowing with TCs and instant read probes and stuff. I need another one...


              • Dick Anderson
                Club Member
                • Oct 2017
                • 69
                • Northern Sonoma County, California

                Most of mine are on top of the fridge, with the cables dangling over side. The Maverik XR50 stays outside, stuck to the backside of an upright smoker. It has a ziplock bag over it and the two cables are on the patio table next to it, still attached. Other two hang from a clip on the fridge. Haven't shut the dang thing off in months, maybe a year! The remote does need turning off to save the batteries though.


                • holehogg
                  holehogg commented
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                  My home XR50 is hanging on the side of my fridge with the cables plugged in. My work XR50 hangs on a steel sheet next to the smoker with cables plugged in.
                  Both ready at a moment's notice.
              • gdsim1
                Club Member
                • Jan 2017
                • 168
                • KC MO
                • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

                IowaGirl - give these a look and see if they might work for you. Tad bit pricey (as is everything from FireBoard), but the best non-sandwich-baggie solution I’ve found so far.


                Good luck! 😊


                • Donw
                  Donw commented
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                  I made some similar to the fireboard on a 3D printer for my Maverick probes and then sprang for the fireboard ones for my Smoke and fireboard probes. To protect the sharp ends I use styrofoam which I spray with hypochlorite (diluted bleach) in the holes to kill any bacteria collecting during storage.

                • gdsim1
                  gdsim1 commented
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                  Donw - can you grab some pics of the ones you made with the 3D printer? 😃 I would love to see that! The creativity and skill of our members is one of the things I love most about The Pit! 👍

                • gdsim1
                  gdsim1 commented
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                  Donw - can you grab some pics of the ones you made with the 3D printer? 😃 I would love to see that! The creativity and skill of our members is one of the things I love most about The Pit! 👍
              • Stevo
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 483
                • Georgetown, TX
                • Cookers:
                  • RecTec RT-590 Stampede Pellet Grill
                  • RecTec RT-B380 Bullseye Pellet Grill + GrillGrates
                  • Camp Chef PG24 DLX Pellet Grill
                  • TL-20 Offset Smoker from Texas Longhorn BBQ Pits
                  • Weber Genesis E310 Propane Grill with GrillGrates
                  • A-MAZE-N Smoke Tubes
                  • Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
                  • Thermoworks Smoke Cooking Alarm
                  • Thermoworks Big & Loud Timer
                  • IR surface temp probe

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                • surfdog
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2016
                  • 684
                  • Sunny SoCal
                  • Cooking gadgets
                    Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
                    Weber Summit Platinum D6
                    Blue Rhino Razor
                    Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
                    Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
                    Anova WiFi

                    Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

                    Other useful bits...
                    KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
                    A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
                    A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
                    Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
                    All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8-qt Dutch ovens
                    Weber GBS griddle & pizza stone
                    Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

                  I coil mine up and stuff them into one of the zipper pouches I got from Thermoworks. Click image for larger version

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                  • surfdog
                    surfdog commented
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                    HouseHomey I’m only organized because I’m too lazy to look for stuff.

                    Besides, it does raise eyebrows when I show up to help someplace with my knife rolls & thermometer case. LOL
                    Last edited by surfdog; August 2nd, 2019, 01:28 PM. Reason: Fixing autocorrect shirt.

                  • HouseHomey
                    HouseHomey commented
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                    Knife roll. Mine is more like luggage. I like space. Not to mention my backpack. 😃

                  • surfdog
                    surfdog commented
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                    HouseHomey Oh yeah, I get that...
                    When I’m “gettin’ serious” it’s two knife rolls and a custom embroidered duffle bag.
                    Along with aforementioned thermometer case.
                    Every thing from a 3” paring knife to a clever...along with a 12” yanagi just in case. LOL

                    I got this. ;-)
                • Histrix
                  Club Member
                  • May 2016
                  • 446
                  • 757

                  I use earbud cases that you can get for a buck or so apiece - https://smile.amazon.com/Sunmns-Earp...-2-spons&psc=1

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                  You can get them in either square or round shapes. Keeps the wires neat and coiled and unable to get tangled with others but you do still have to be careful about not poking your eye out.




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