This project will make use of the MAX6675 Cold-Junction-Compensated K-Thermocouple-to-Digital Converter. It basically takes the millivolts produced by a standard K-type thermocouple, amplifies it, and outputs it’s temperature reading. This reading is received by a microcontroller, which then displays the reading on an LCD display. This unit will be capable of reading temperatures up 1800 degrees fahrenheit.
As you can see the author of this project also used adapters for smd parts. Myself i like to work directly with SMD parts, but sometimes it’s just not possible, especially when prototyping because you always have to tweak something.
MAX6675 Thermocouple: [Link]