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Old 04-10-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Fitting temperature probe into bigger Tee fitting

Hello.

I bought a temperature probe from electricbrewery: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/cu...erature-probes

I also bought a stainless Tee from morebeer and my intention was to plug the probe into it. After I received both I saw that the probe is longer than fits into the Tee and even though it would fit in the screw itself is bigger on the Tee.

Here is the Stainless - Tee - 1/2" FPT: http://morebeer.com/products/stainle...html?site_id=5

The question is can anybody point me to something that I can use as an extension and also to make the screwing of the probe fit?

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Old 04-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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Couldn't you just screw the probe into one of the straight ends and output off the side?

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Think you can use one of these?
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=71

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Which probe did you buy? The 1/2" NPT 1.5" probe or the 1/4" probe? I'm guessing the 1/4" since its smaller. If you look on Kal's site, he actually has a link to the reducer you need to use. From his site:

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1/4" NPT thread, 2" long probe: This the probe we used on our setup. A stainless steel bushing (reducer) is used to thread this probe into the 1/2" NPT stainless steel "T".
For what its worth, the Bargain Fittings link Mr Natural put up is the same part, for ~$1.50 cheaper

If you bought the metric probe then I have no idea what to do.
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The probe I have is: Custom Metric Temperature Probe

Is that a problem?

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Couldn't you just screw the probe into one of the straight ends and output off the side?

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Think you can use one of these?
http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=71
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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I think the problem is you would have to find a reducer that goes from the larger 1/2" NPT to the smaller metric size. It might be hard to find the NPT to metric

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You're not going to find a metric-to-NPT reducer.
Send the thermometer you got back and get the right one.

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or get a metric tap, and tape the mofo out of it? Or get a 1/2" plug and drill/tap the metric part.

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Send the thermometer you got back and get the right one.
I would highly recommend this. The 1/2" would be a direct plug in, and the 1/4" would at least fit. And, the NPT probes are cheaper!

If you don't/won't exchange it, then this plug is what you'll want to buy, and then drill and tap it to m14x1.5

If you go the drill/tap route please keep us filled in. Would be interested to see the result.
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Yes - I have contacted The Electric Brewery and they are looking into if I can return it for the NPT 1/2" version. I'm optimistic they will say yes because it is unused.

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I would highly recommend this. The 1/2" would be a direct plug in, and the 1/4" would at least fit. And, the NPT probes are cheaper!

If you don't/won't exchange it, then this plug is what you'll want to buy, and then drill and tap it to m14x1.5

If you go the drill/tap route please keep us filled in. Would be interested to see the result.
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If i recall correctly the custom metric probe is used is theelectricbrewery's boil kettle to monitor the temp. He used it by punching a hole through his kettle and securing it with a weldless fitting (locknut, washer and rubber flat washer). He used the 1/2" NPT probe for the "T" fittings, well actually I think he used the 1/4" NPT with the reducer that was listed above, but he recommends the 1/2", cause with it, you no longer need the reducer fitting. Hopefully he will let you exchange it.

Be sure to note that with the 1/2" NPT probe the probe is 1.5" (this insures it fits into the tee) and with the 1/4" NPT probe it's 2" (due to the need for it be longer since you have to use the reducer).

Hope this helps.

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