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    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?

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

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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.

          #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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            #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.

            #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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              #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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                #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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                  #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 2, 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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