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  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9760
    • Smiths Grove, Ky
    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

    Waterproofing Maverick Probe

    I was just wondering if you can waterproof the Maverick probe with heat shrink tubes at the joint where the cable enters the probe?
  • Meathead
    BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
    • May 2014
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    • Chicago area
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      Meathead

    #2
    The concern is that air or moisture inside the probe will expand when heated and blow up the tubes or worse, the probe.

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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9760
      • Smiths Grove, Ky
      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

      #3
      So far it's working pretty good. I did 4 probes and they have been in the Rec-Tec all night. Click image for larger version

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      • FLBuckeye
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 568
        • Florida
        • Brand new 26" Weber kettle. Three Weber 22.5"kettles, An 18" Weber kettle.

          Two WSM's, 18.5", one with an extra mid section

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        #4
        Didn't someone suggest some hi temp silicone at the joint?

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        • FLBuckeye
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 568
          • Florida
          • Brand new 26" Weber kettle. Three Weber 22.5"kettles, An 18" Weber kettle.

            Two WSM's, 18.5", one with an extra mid section

            Maverick ET 733 and 732. ThermoWorks RT600C Thermometer & Thermoworks MK4. Two PartyQ's

            Kingsford blue bag
            Royal Oak lump for searing

            Have competed in two BBQ comps and plan on more this year

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          #5
          It was you DW...

          http://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/for...averick-probes.

          Did that not work?

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          • DWCowles
            DWCowles commented
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            FLBuckeye yes it did but the ideal of using the heat shrink tube hit me and so far so good.

          • FLBuckeye
            FLBuckeye commented
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            DWCowles Will be interested in seeing how it holds up long term. Please keep us posted. How did the probes with the silicone hold up?

          • DWCowles
            DWCowles commented
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            FLBuckeye the silicone work very well. I put the heat shrink tube on four probes yesterday and I used them on the PBs and the chuckies. The cook lasted 14 hours at 235 F and they hold up with no problems. Then I wash them with Dawn and hot water and used them with the chicken at 350 F. Work like a charm.
        • DWCowles
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 9760
          • Smiths Grove, Ky
          • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

          #6
          Ok, I took one of the probes that I had put the heat shrink tube on and let it submerge in water all night. The next morning I crank the gasser up to 500 F and put the probe in it for 1-1/2 hours. It work just fine and it didn't blowup.

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          • SteveL
            Former Member
            • Sep 2014
            • 8

            #7
            Has anyone had any problems with the maverick probes failing? My grill probe just started failing - 1/2 the time it gives temp and 1/2 LLL appears. never been in water but appears to be a bit worn where the wire enters the probe. It's about 1 year old so not too pleased to have it fail. Quick internet search showed quite a few others had same problem. Maverick suggests using tinfoil around probe - anyone try that? I replaced 2 screws in my WSM with hollow grommets so can get the 2 probes in without pinching the cable so not sure why it would fail unless they are just prone to wear out. But a year seems a bit too early (although that is quite a few cooks)

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            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              Yes, the Maverick ET 732 & 733 probes are the weak link in the system for sure. They're like light bulbs, you never know when one will go bad, even when you take care of them. I have one that's over 3 yrs old and working fine and a have lost a few along the way after only a few months. ALWAYS a good idea to have 1 or 2 spares in a drawer for when one fails mid-cook.

              I put a bit of foil around the probe/wire joint too, you can see it my cook photos. Not sure if it helps but it can't hurt.

            • chudzikb
              chudzikb commented
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              I had one fail for no reason, just quit, exactly as you describe. From then on, keep as spare or two to fill the gap if it develops.
          • Breadhead
            Banned Former Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 1

            #8
            I just started using the ET 735 and I bought the extra 2 probes when I ordered it. So I have 4 probes and if one goes out during a cook I've got the probe from the DigiQ Dx2 I can use too. I think I'm covered.

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            • SteveL
              Former Member
              • Sep 2014
              • 8

              #9
              Thanks for replies all. I emailed Maverick and pleased to say they are sending me a replacement probe despite warranty being over. Great customer service! I've had a few different units and Maverick has been my favourite so far. I think I will pick up replacements as you suggest - mine failed mid-cook and I do like to keep a log of temps etc.

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              • Huskee
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                #10
                SteveL Maverick is great with customer service. They can be fast or slow with email responses, it varies, but they're very good at CS as a whole. Glad to hear you got a warranty replacement on your probe. I never thought to ask about that. I just ordered new ones when they failed.

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                • DWCowles
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 9760
                  • Smiths Grove, Ky
                  • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                  #11
                  Huskee what do you think about my ideal of using the heat shrink tube? So far it has held up with heat as high as 400 F.

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                  • DWCowles
                    DWCowles commented
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                    Huskee I have used them three times since I put the heat shrink tubes on them no problems let. I even let two of them soak in water with Dawn overnight and they work with no problem. I don't leave the probes in when I reverse sear.
                    Last edited by DWCowles; June 2nd, 2015, 07:35 PM.

                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    DWCowles, awesome! Great test. Has potential to be a very viable option. I haven't priced those little tubes but I'm guessing they're about a penny a piece?

                  • DWCowles
                    DWCowles commented
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                    Huskee I bought a pack of them from Amazon. I got the ones that were assorted colors sand sizes. I can't remember what I gave for but it wasn't much.

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