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dsarphie

drilling holes for temp probes

I've read in other threads that people have done this to run Maverick or similar temperature probes.  I'm thinking of doing this since I'm going to run Nomex gasket seal around the hatch.  Can anyone post pics of the end result after drilling?
ckreidler

I use Mavricks at times and I have just run the wires between the door in the lower corner and have had no problems.  The Lang seals so nice it would make me second guessing my self to put any holes in it.  I know people do it by me personally... I don't know?   I am sure that if you let the door drop it might sever the wires but under normal use no problem.  I also use the Therma pen.  It depends on what I am cooking.  Its probably about 30 percent Mavricks and 70 percent Therma.  The temp gauge that comes on the Lang is pretty accurate as far as the temperature in the cooker.  I mainly us the other two to check the meat it's self.
Carolina 'Q BBQ Team

I agree with ckreidler. I have two Maverick's and I have always ran the probes right out the front of the cooker. I carefully shut the door when closing the cooker and have never had a problem. I hesitate to drill holes in such a fine machine!
dsarphie

thank you both for the reply, but you missed the reason for me asking the question.  I am running a gasket around the door to stop smoke/heat from escaping.  I currently run foil around it.  When I do that I can position the probes wires to come out of the corners and not on the foil.  If I run the wires over the gasket it will surely crimp them
Carolina 'Q BBQ Team

I guess the point of my response was, I pesonally, can't see drilling into the Lang for any reason. Good luck though, I would be curious to hear how it all works out.
ckreidler

Going back to the start, I personally have not found any reason to consider a door gasket.  before I purchased my Lang, I read about people doing this.  But since I have had it, 3 years now, I don't see any real reason for the gasket.  I just don't think that any smoke you may be losing out of the door is really effecting the food in a plus or minus way.
But having said that I just read on another thread here were you could drill your hole for the probes and tap it so you can screw a plug in when you aren't using the probes... sounds like a good idea.
Wood River BBQ Team

ckreidler wrote:
Going back to the start, I personally have not found any reason to consider a door gasket.  before I purchased my Lang, I read about people doing this.  But since I have had it, 3 years now, I don't see any real reason for the gasket.  I just don't think that any smoke you may be losing out of the door is really effecting the food in a plus or minus way.
But having said that I just read on another thread here were you could drill your hole for the probes and tap it so you can screw a plug in when you aren't using the probes... sounds like a good idea.


Some folks got lucky with their Lang -- others, like me, weren't so lucky. Maybe it depends on the Lang welder who made the unit. I had gaps in the fire box door you could see through. It's not so much the smoke leaking out. If smoke is leaking out all 4 sides of the cook chamber, as with my unit, then you're losing heat and this leads to uneven temperatures. Once I welded the fire box door and fixed the cook chamber leaks, my Lang is a cooking monster and I'm very happy with it -- now. Temperature are even and I use less fuel and get longer cook times from each fuel load because the unit is almost air tight. If leaks aren't a problem to anyone than don't bother sealing the cracks.

The probe wire hole is so small it's not a factor. If it was a concern a person could tap it or just insert a nut and bolt. The probe wires are easy to crush and expensive to replace. A small hole solves the problem and the Lang is not like you're drilling into the Mona Lisa but, as with everything else, everyone hears a different drummer.
SMOKIN' THE BANDIT BBQ

If you run your gasket on the lid of the cooker, you could run your probe wires as I described in the other probe wire thread.

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