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If you can buy some appropriate plastic and epoxy (or just a bunch of epoxy), you can build up a thick spot on the lid and then drill & tap it. Drilling & tapping plastic should be easy, easier than drilling a hole in wood. Then you can just screw the thermowell into the lid as needed. And you probably won't need teflon tape either.


I would suggest something like the "weldless bulkhead" approach used for adding a port to mash-tun coolers and such. From bottom to top: [thermowell] [nut] [gasket] [washer] [bucket-lid] [nut] Put a 1/2 hole through the bucket lid, then use two nuts to hold it against the lid, with a gasket/washer combo to create a seal. Adjust the thermowell so there's ...

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