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  • Dr ROK
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    Using temp probes in a Weber kettle

    How do most of you use probes in your kettles? Do you just run it through the vents on top or bottom, run it under the lid, or drill holes in the bowl to run the probes?
  • richinlbrg
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    • Jul 2014
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    • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
    • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

    #2
    I run it through the top vent. Since it is a bit tight with the shorter probes that come with the Maverick, I also got the 6' ers.

    I'm afraid to put between the kettle and the lid for fear of crimping/damaging the wire.

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    • Koy Schoppe
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      • Feb 2015
      • 148
      • Greensboro, NC
      • Name:
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        ​Location:
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        Grills:
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        Drinks:
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        Wife, 2 kids (9 & 5), 2 doodle dogs, and whoever smells the smoke and comes on over

      #3
      I run mine (iGrill2) through the top vent as well. Have run through the bottom vents a couple of times. When using the Slow N Sear, I have the coals shoved to one side, foil on the bottom grate in the middle, and therefore can run the wires through the bottom and up the side opposite the SlowNSear. The wires stay clean (mostly) due to the foil catching the majority of the drippings.

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      • fuzzydaddy
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        #4
        I drilled a hole (approx 1/4") in my 26" kettle before I used it the first time. Fortunately where I drilled it works for me. It's on the left side around 8 o'clock, above the cooking grate. I put the SnS on the right side. I have a little portable table which is always on the left side.

        Edit to add: My 26" never runs hot and maintains 225-230 exceptionally well with the SnS.

        Edit to add: A photo of my layout. I've got a very small area to work in...but it works. The BGE can move around on the 9 stepping stones as needed to "park" and use. The Kettle can move across the gravel easily. Got the table at a yard sale for $10, cleaned & painted.

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        Last edited by fuzzydaddy; July 29, 2015, 05:01 AM.

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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Your layout sounds like mine, little table on left, SnS on right (because that's just the right way, right? Lol)

        • mackdaddy
          mackdaddy commented
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          This gives me an idea for my deck. Have my new Webber 22". and a small grill and bullet smoker - I like the table set up will try something like that.
      • Jay in Ames
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        • Jul 2015
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        #5
        I run mine under the lid, haven't had a problem. But now my Maverick is reading high, so maybe I shouldn't have.

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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Nah, that's not it. I've run mine under lids from day one, over 3 years now. Probes fail and don't fail, they're like light bulbs. I have one probe that's over 3 years old and still works beautifully, always gets the wire under the lid. Often when a probe reads high, it will correct itself with heat.
      • JeffJ
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        • Feb 2015
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        • Michigan
        • Jeff

        #6
        I have been running mine under the lid and it's been fine. I am VERY gentle with the lid when doing it this way.

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        • Jon Solberg
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          • Jul 2014
          • 4818

          #7
          I do this:

          https://vimeo.com/134139647

          Sorry You have to click the link and start the vid. Embed is not doing its thing. : (
          Last edited by Jon Solberg; July 28, 2015, 03:33 PM.

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          • Medusa
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            • Sep 2014
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            • For those who are about to Cook - WE SALUTE YOU!

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            #8
            Drilled holes. All of the info is posted somewhere on this site. Many folks just run 'em through the vents, but I was concerned with any hassle when moving the lid. Use 6' Maverick probes.

            --Ed

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            • Flavorsavor
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              #9
              I drilled a hole in mine as well, above the grate opposite to the side I place my indirect heat. I also ordered some of those heat-resistant red silicone grommets from mcmaster carr to seal the hole around the wires. That being said, it doesn't really seem to make a difference with or without the grommet, and before that ran the wires under the lid without any problem.

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              • Medusa
                Medusa commented
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                I have the same grommets, but don't really fool with them that much. I run a 1/4" hex bolt with washers on both sides and wing nut on end to close any holes I'm not using.

                Those are good grommets, though.

                -- Ed
            • Nieuport
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              • Jul 2014
              • 25
              • Near Charleston, SC

              #10
              Got this idea from the ABC site discussion area from the Backyard Boyz. Its called "all thread lamp" with nuts and caps from hardware store (~$8).

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              • Dr ROK
                Dr ROK commented
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                So is this the threaded metal tube that goes on the inside of lamps? You can get caps for that? That would be a great idea.

              • Nieuport
                Nieuport commented
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                Yes sir. My store had a package with assorted sizes, I didn't need to cut. The washers and caps were another package.

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