I got a Condar thermo probe and I took the screw out of the hole in the the front wall to mount the probe. It says the probe should be 1/2" from the combustor. It's a "unievrsal" probe so I would need to cut it down a few inches. Installing it flush with the wall of the stove (pushed all the way in) makes it really difficult to see the dial because there's an overhang on the top of the stove and it's very close to the top of the door. Does it make a difference if I install it a couple inches farther out or does that mess up the reading? If I can have it sticking out can anyone suggest a way to secure it without welding? I would normally just use Devcon Steel 2 part but it will certainly melt in a couple minutes. Even if it was sitting in the hole flush with the wall it would still jiggle around. The only thing I can think of is furnace cement which might work if it was flush mounted, but I imagine it could fail if the probe was sticking out and got bumped around. Also has anyone heated these up and bent the shaft? If it was sticking out about an inch and angled upwards at 45 degrees it would be easy to read at a glance.