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I just put 3 racks and 2 butts in for a smoke and discovered that my Polder thermometer (wire type) isn't working. It reads 200+ in cold meat. I rely on it to know when the butts are done and am lost now. I tried a new battery and that didn't help. Is there an easy fix or do I need to run to the store and buy a new thermometer?
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Originally posted by Fishoil:
You're correct, I found the thermometer forum after I posted and saw that it's a common problem. I got the deep fryer out and submerged the probe until it stopped bubbling and it seems to be working now.

Glad it worked. We had someone who just thought we were FULL of it when we suggested doing this. He just knew it was stupid.

Stupid is as Stupid does.

Glad it worked.

Try to seal off the spot where moisture might get in.
Sorry to say it only worked for a short while, then I started getting high readings again. I deep-fried the probe a second time (it was full of moisture again) and it worked for another 5 minutes or so.

I'm guessing that the crimp is just to loose to keep the moisture out, so I'm just going to buy a new thermometer. Do you think a dab of high-temp. silicone where the wire enters the probe would keep the moisture out if I try to save the old one for a spare?

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