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Needing some advice on thermometer probe

I purchased the grill extender during the group buy and am using a PSWoo on my LBGE.  I bought a small Weber SS grid for the top level, and it fits fine...at least horizontally.  The issue I am having is that every time I use the top grid, the temperature probe hits the meat and either pops the thermometer loose, or it penetrates the food.  

Any thoughts here?  I have no issue with replacing the stock thermometer with one that is shorter, but I'm not certain how long the probe needs to be to ensure accuracy.  Also, I'm open to any other ideas you folks have.

Thanks, as always.
Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

Comments

  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,420
    take the clip off the back and toss it.  I leave mine loose and if i have something tall I just run with out it.  I know a lot of people around here stick them through wine corks etc. to shim it out a bit.  the last 1/4 of an inch or so is where it takes the temp reading.
  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,416
    my suggestion is adding some spacers, I've seen it done here on a mini with wooden spacers, which are probably available at a crafts store, or maybe ace hardware.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,480
    the tru tel 2.5 inch stem reads low by about 10 percent from the 4 inch standard stem. its what i use, dont really see that its a problem since im not timing my cooks, steaks dont seem to notice im searing at 770, not at 700
    :)) prettty much most cooks you dont need much accuracy accept maybe for bread baking then its easy enough to do the math
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 3,667
    You can use the probe clip from the inside and use it as a spacer on the outside
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 3,667
    I couldn't figure out how to attach a file to my submitted post above.   I did find a picture 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,205
    I use corks as spacers between the dome and therm on my eggs. Use a natural cork not a synthetic one.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • TEggSunTEggSun Posts: 237
    Thanks, everyone!  I knew I could count on this group for some creative solutions.
    Transplanted from Austin, Texas to Medina, Ohio

  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,036
    Yep, a natural wine cork trimmed to the length you want and a 1/8 inch drill to bore out a passage for the temp probe and you're in business.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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