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Remote thermometers - routing the cable?

Da Kine Green BBQDa Kine Green BBQ Posts: 178
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
How does one route the cables coming out of the BGE? The instructions say something about not crushing the cable.... I stuck a drill bit under the lid to prop it open. But is that necessary?

I am thinking about adding an extra layer of gasket in a small spot to accomodate the wires.

This is the new Maverick ET-732.....

Any thoughts on this?


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  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    I close the dome on top of the base with the cables coming out of the egg. I never shim the dome and base to keep the egg from crushing the cables. Although I do route my cables out of the egg so as not to be in the path of high heat if possible. If I'm using a plate setter I place one of the legs of the plate setter where I have the cables coming out of the egg. Sometimes you can't help the way the cable has to come out of the egg and the new Et-732 is suppose to have better probe cables to with stand higher heat than the old Et-73. :)
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  • I know the manual says to not crush the cable, and a closed lid on a BGE with gasket will not do that.

    I would shy away fron the drill bit idea as you run the risk of cooking the gasket or letting more air in which will make temp control a real pain.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,386
    there is a weak spot under the band in that area, i wouldnt put the drill there :whistle:m y old maveric i just hand the wires out and close the egg, i have no gasket cushioning it, they burnt off years and years ago. is that a fixed crack in the base
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  • Go with these suggestions. I've done the same thing over the last 18 months without a problem. Some people swear by the ET-73 and some people have had problems. My own experience is positive.
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  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Just run it down through the daisy wheel. ;)
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  • I wrap my probe wires with aliminum foil, and allow the foil to extend through the gasket. This has a slight cushioning effect on the wires, I have found, and protects them from the heat.
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  • I wrap my probe wires with aliminum foil, and allow the foil to extend through the gasket. This has a slight cushioning effect on the wires, I have found, and protects them from the heat.
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  • BeakerBeaker Posts: 293
    Like the others I do not place anything to provide a gap for the probes. It is unneccesary. Do not drop the lid on the probe wire and you will be fine. Also like howmeisterg I foil my probes.


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  • valrunevalrune Posts: 134
    I don't use anything to cushion the cables without any problems.
    BTW; Looks like the base of your egg was broke into a few different pieces buy the looks of those repaired cracks, did it get dropped?
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  • I've been looking at picking up a remote thermometer. Working for Apple, I recently saw this thing called the iGrill come into inventory. Haven't heard much about it. I'm a pretty tech savvy kind of guy and having an iPhone, the iGrill has a pretty cool app interface.

    Anywho, if I decide to pick one up, I will be sure to post pics and let you all know how it works out.

    Here's a link if you want check out the iGrill.

    http://www.igrillinc.com/
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  • Bagger722 wrote:
    I've been looking at picking up a remote thermometer. Working for Apple, I recently saw this thing called the iGrill come into inventory. Haven't heard much about it. I'm a pretty tech savvy kind of guy and having an iPhone, the iGrill has a pretty cool app interface.

    Anywho, if I decide to pick one up, I will be sure to post pics and let you all know how it works out.

    Here's a link if you want check out the iGrill.

    http://www.igrillinc.com/
    I saw that, too, but went with the ET-732 instead - more features. Let us know how it works out.
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  • The Maverick cables are much tougher than you can imagine. I crushed my cables under the lid of a WSM for about 7 years. The lid on the WSM forces the cables to bend in a "U" shape under the lid on straight metal. Never replaced either probe. I've now been closing them in the egg for about 7 months. The egg is MUCH gentler on the cables that the WSM would ever be. Never used foil. The original probes are still going strong!
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • Thanks for the reply - and yes, when she was 2 days old, I lifted it to put into my table.... It wasn't too heavy, it is jus awkward to lift, as in - where do you grab?

    So, I had the thing by the bottom vent and the lid.... The bands were loose, and the lid popped off.

    Bonked onto the concrete from about 6 inches. Luckily, the outer shell is still intact. I think the black BBQ patch stuff is only a ceramic paint, but she cooks well.

    NOTE:
    I used a ratchet and socket to tighten the nuts on the band - stupidly, I should have used my DEEP socket, since the bolt ran longer than the standard socket.
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  • Beaker -
    Thanks for the picture - always worth 1,000 words! I see the grill sensor is closer to the meat (a ham? Looks nice!) than what I did.

    I was thinking about putting foil around the cables, but I thought placing the foil on the grill - like a heat shield - would be OK. Here is a picture on the inside of my setup:

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  • OH!!! That sounds easier than I thought!
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  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    That method makes a lot more sense. But I'd still take'er down the daisy. ;)
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  • fishlessman wrote:
    there is a weak spot under the band in that area, i wouldnt put the drill there :whistle:m y old maveric i just hand the wires out and close the egg, i have no gasket cushioning it, they burnt off years and years ago. is that a fixed crack in the base


    YEAH, I dropped my Large on like the second day I had it... My dealer was out of stock on the table, and I couldn't wait to cook on it. Table came in and I dropped it from about 6 inches. The outer shell is still intact, I was lucky. And - she cooks with no problem.

    I used some black BBQ repair stuff from Home Depot. It looks more like a ceramic paint - it is thin and comes in a little bottle. But, as I said, the shell is intact. I read about repairing these things, and know that sooner or later the cracks will get bigger (kinda like that crack in the car windshield?), and I will have to replace it some day.....
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  • Thanks everyone for the commments. I will take your advice and not worry about the lid crushing the cables.

    And I wanna see comments and pictures on the new iGrill - sounds neat!
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