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  • ken g
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    I used a high temp hole grommet and high temp plugs to seal it up while cooking. Got both off of Ebay. Click image for larger version  Name:	Weber probe hole.png Views:	0 Size:	256.0 KB ID:	1047952Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_2543.JPG Views:	0 Size:	3.57 MB ID:	1047953
    Last edited by ken g; June 20, 2021, 07:37 AM.

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  • Red Man
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    That’s a pretty good idea.

  • TripleB
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    You don't have to drill a hole, you can just cut a notch in the lip. Just another option.

    Cutting A Probe Thermometer Slot - The Virtual Weber Bullet
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    Last edited by TripleB; March 13, 2021, 12:34 PM.

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  • Troutman
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    Actually having a spare grommet isn't a bad thing. They do eventually go bad on you with a lot of use. I've had them fail on several occasions. Just pop a new one in. Best to heat them up in hot water to make them pliable and add some Vaseline to the groove.

  • Loren
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    I used a 3/8th normal bit on the first two kettles I had, no issues with heat loss, temp control or rusting.

    When I saw Attjacks thread I decided I was gonna go that route with my 26". Haven't drilled it yet, waiting for Weber to send me a (second) replacement bowl that is Glen Blue and not had the paint scraped off the leg holes 😒
    Last edited by Loren; March 13, 2021, 11:27 AM. Reason: Typo

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  • Attjack
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    Nope. On my 26 I installed a gasket. That's why the WSM grommet is nice. It doesn't leak.

  • HawkerXP
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    I use clips for low n slow also. But I can still control temps using the vents. I didn't see any difference with the drilled holes or not.
    Last edited by HawkerXP; March 12, 2021, 12:45 PM.

  • Attjack
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    Here's my thread on drilling out my 26.

    https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-port-in-my-26

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  • Terp Tom
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    Originally posted by HawkerXP View Post
    These thing leak enough already that these holes (I put two) don't make that big a difference.
    Does this hold true even when I use binder clips to clamp the lid shut while smoking?

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  • HawkerXP
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    Just drill to the size your probe fits through. Sure clean up any burrs but that's it. I drilled the hole just above the cooking grate. The soot from cooking will protect the bare metal. I don't see any need for a grommet. These thing leak enough already that these holes (I put two) don't make that big a difference. Show us when you get done.

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  • Attjack
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    I really think it's worth it. You can get 2 WSM grommets for about $10. So you could do 2 grills. If you only have 1 grill, find a friend and you can share the cost of the step bit and grommet. This thread reminds me that I have another WSM grommet in my garage that I should install on my performer.

  • Troutman
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    Go to your hardware store and buy a step drill bit. You can also get them on Amazon for about $10. You start by drilling a small pilot hole, switch to the step bit and it plows through the thin metal quickly. If you are using the Weber type silicon grommets like the ones mentioned above, do not exceed the required 1-1/4" hole size, get it as exact as possible. Use the old adage, measure twice, cut once. It's easy to do, I love having the ease of pulling in numerous probe wires while having a stationary port for my thermo probe.

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  • Attjack
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    I would recommend buying a step drill bit and WSM grommet. They're nice. But otherwise, I would buy a smaller grommet and drill the hole based on the size of that grommet.

  • Terp Tom
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    I have no grommet. I don't have a 1 1/4" drill bit for that WSM grommet either.

  • grantgallagher
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    This and the requisite drill bit will make a world of difference. I too hesitated for a while, actually sold my kettle, acquired a new one, did this and the fan port right away. Couldnt be happier.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Impresa-Pro...ber+gro&sr=8-3

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