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Dallasbbqcaterting
01-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Man id like to be the guy who is selling those. They are great, and I see everyone with them these days!

landarc
01-08-2011, 06:32 PM
I don't have one. I would like one. But, do not have one.

Panthers65
01-08-2011, 09:59 PM
almost bit the bullet more than a few times, and will end up with one soon, but just haven't gotten around to it yet

mmmmeat
01-08-2011, 10:09 PM
not YET!!!

jbrink01
01-08-2011, 10:25 PM
2. one in the house, 1 on the Q trailer.

Three porks
01-08-2011, 10:26 PM
Just got my red one 3 days ago. Came with a free pocket thermo, free leather holster and free shipping....i figured why not.

ChicagoSizzlin
01-09-2011, 05:08 AM
Would love one just cant justify spending a $100 for one right now. Things are tight in this house hold.

chambersuac
01-09-2011, 08:30 AM
I have hundreds of them - I keep them at the Thermoworks factory :)

I'd love to have one, but $100 is a lot of money for a thermometer. I'm gonna challenge Ron L to a wrestling match for his... :)

beerguy
01-09-2011, 08:47 AM
Santa forgot mine--again

BowtieBill
01-09-2011, 10:23 AM
Actually, I have been looking at some of the others ones that Thermoworks sell. I have been using Thermopens for a few years, but one problem you have is that when the meat is in the smoker, it is hard to read the unit sometimes, especially if it is in the back. Some of their other units have the temp probe on a cord, where the actual unit stays outside the smoker when you are getting the read. And they have just as fast of a reponse time.
Hopefully I will get one soon and report back.

5-0 BBQ
01-09-2011, 11:01 AM
I dont. I have a Water & Shock Resistant Backlit Maverick PT-100 :-D

thillin
01-09-2011, 11:59 AM
I've got 2. A trusty original. Father's Day netted me a new splashproof. I think the Mrs wants me to keep one where she can find it.:-P

Jburt
01-09-2011, 12:20 PM
Nope, but I have the MTC instead. Great unit and I can swap the thermocouples out if I want to measure different stuff. I've got the needle type probe for meat, and will be getting the bigger probe for liquids for when I homebrew. I've been considering the stainless braided clip probe for grate temps during cook.

This way I only need one...

NRA4Life
01-09-2011, 12:29 PM
No, I don't have one. But I did recently purchase a Thermoworks RT301WA pocket thermometer and 2 Thermoworks TW362B Cooking thermometer/timers. I like both of these models and would recommend them.

Anchors Smokeshop
01-09-2011, 04:06 PM
I don't have one, but I was just reading in the Competition BBQ section about must have gadgets and almost everyone listed their thermapen so I bit the bullet and went on the thermoworks website and just ordered one.
I ordered the red one and it comes with a free digital timer. I can't wait for it to get here! :-P

Dr_KY
01-09-2011, 05:53 PM
I have one but it reads in Celsius DOH!!!

Wanna trade? lol

barbefunkoramaque
01-09-2011, 06:03 PM
except for mayb4e prime rib... I see no need for one. Chicken, Pork, brisket and ribs all give audible and visual and even olfactory clues as to when they are done... then there is feel....

JiveTurkey
01-09-2011, 08:55 PM
^^^ exactly. I have a $10 wallmart digital that I keep as a backup to my Maverick. The only meat I temp check is pork butt since I usually cook boneless. Brisket gets the poke test, ribs get the bend test, and chicken I can tell just by how the skin looks. People that have them love 'em though. The owner was on BBQ Central podcast last week.

Pandemonium
01-10-2011, 10:34 AM
I dont have a therapen but I do have the 6 second one they sell for 24$ and its pretty quick and a fourth the price:thumb:

aquablue22
01-10-2011, 11:43 AM
I have two of the fastest on the face of the earth GREEN thermapens, older model and the new splash proof! Nice tools

BBQchef33
01-10-2011, 11:50 AM
i have 3, the ok orange and blinding fast blue waterproof.

the other seems to be of the invisible variety, because i haven't seen it since the American Royal. :tsk:

Solidkick
01-10-2011, 12:15 PM
i have 3, the ok orange and blinding fast blue waterproof.

the other seems to be of the invisible variety, because i haven't seen it since the American Royal. :tsk:
Hey....the one I borrowed was returned to Jorge...check his pockets.....
Wait, I borrowed one from Smokin'Cracker....nevermind....unless you still want to check Jorge's pockets....:becky:

Ford
01-10-2011, 01:19 PM
2 in the trailer and 1 at home. the HD loves it when I pull it out and show them how fast it works. Had to give one of them the website.

HB-BBQ
01-10-2011, 01:54 PM
I just have just one, a super accurate black one. I rarely use my nu-temps probes now since I purchased it.

It's not an easy purchase to make but worth every penny to have that kind of accuracy and quick reading at hand. I plan to buy a backup at some point.

lunchlady
01-10-2011, 02:44 PM
...the other seems to be of the invisible variety... :tsk:

I hear that... mines been gone since Harpoon Helps! (not accusing anyone... just sayin...)

It is tough to justify the $, especially right now, BUT I honestly dont see how someone can know if chicken is done by just looking at the skin. We probe every piece to be sure, only takes a sec!

Bacon_99
01-10-2011, 03:19 PM
Wife ordered one yesterday for my birthday - she asked - and apparently the ORANGE ones are the fastest and most accurate so she got me on of those :becky:

Can't wait - should be here Friday :-D

Teleking
01-10-2011, 04:32 PM
blinding fast blue waterproof.

Yep its the blue one for sure and this thread made the thermapen facebook post (with another website logo:shocked:)

Cheers

JiveTurkey
01-10-2011, 04:34 PM
It is tough to justify the $, especially right now, BUT I honestly dont see how someone can know if chicken is done by just looking at the skin. We probe every piece to be sure, only takes a sec!


It's not that hard, when the skin is black then I know it's done. haha. Actually it's not that hard. After cooking enough chicken over the years it's just one of those acquired skills that only comes with time and lots of cookouts. I might not know if the meat is 168.2 degrees but I do know when it's done.

But I will add that I have only cooked chicken for a catered gig once, for a friend that I did not charge, so my opinion doesn't count for much. If I cooked for Joe Public then yea I would probably probe at least a few to just be sure. I didn't realize this was in the Catering Forum. (not paying attention mod)

Arlin_MacRae
01-10-2011, 04:39 PM
i have 3, the ok orange and blinding fast blue waterproof.

the other seems to be of the invisible variety, because i haven't seen it since the American Royal. :tsk:

Is it gray or blue, by chance?

Bigdog
01-10-2011, 07:59 PM
I picked one up this year at the Royal, just kidding Poopy. Seriously, I don't have one. Bigmista taught me the ice pick trick so I really don't need one. I'm a look and feel kinda guy. If I need a thermo, I use my Nu-temp or my Taylor.

DesMar
01-10-2011, 08:09 PM
I do not have a pen. I would like to test one, to see how it works.

CivilWarBBQ
01-10-2011, 08:32 PM
I do not have a pen. I would like to test one, to see how it works.

Not much to test.

1) flip it open
2) stick in meat
3) 2-3 seconds later read the temp

I have the Highly Visible Superior Yellow Model. Just gave the Annoyingly Neon Green Model for a family member for Christmas. BIL emailed me today wanting to know "where I got that great thermometer I used to temp the turkey at Thanksgiving because he's tired of fooling with this WalMart crap". Probably have to buy another to leave in the comp trailer this year because I keep leaving it in there and need it at the house.

The Thermapen is so well thought-out and made pretty much anybody who lays eyes on it immediately says "I've got to get one of those!"

Chuckwagonbbqco
01-10-2011, 08:52 PM
I am a traditionalist---I use primitive methods and primitive equipment. I have a Chuck Wagon--I have mules--side dishes in dutch ovens and I BBQ with oak wood.
I teach classes on pioneer cooking to grade school children. Somehow a Thermapen and an infrared heat detector do not fit in with my gear. I can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. I use a thermometer if I am not positively sure that something is safe to eat. If the thermometer takes a couple minutes oh well. But WAIT! Do you read my name on the KCBS TOY? Do you see my name on the top ten? The only place my name is ----on the list of old traditional old school BBQ and dutch oven affectionados. If you want to be on the KCBS top ten---consult the current top ten teams---they probably have a thermapen---maybe 2 or 3. I think I might be the "Odd Man Out"

monty3777
01-12-2011, 12:58 PM
For me the value of a thermapen is not that it tells you if something is "done." What makes it valuable is that it tells you exactly how done it is within seconds. That may not mean much if you don't cook to exacting standards. But if you do then it may be the best $100 you'll spend. I use mine for lots of stuff, including beer brewing where I have to know the temp of my strike water to within 2-4 degrees and the temp of the mash. My wife also loves the thing. It was hard to pull the trigger, but now that I have I'm glad I did!

luckyduk
01-13-2011, 05:48 PM
I have a super fast red one, I am looking to buy another just for comps, splashproof would be nice.
I use it in the house all of the time to make sure temp is correct in water for yeast and even for frying oil when I cook fish.
Most meats I go by feel, except chicken and very thick steaks.
Awesome tool and yes the HD was impressed when I told them that is what I use.

expatpig
01-14-2011, 01:04 PM
I don't have one, just to be contrary. I've been using Huberts, readings in 3sec, accurate , field recalibratable, and waterproof and dishwasher safe all for $30.89. batt included.

Panthers65
01-14-2011, 03:17 PM
I didn't have one, until the stupid sale.... :-D

JiveTurkey
01-14-2011, 05:12 PM
Yea me neither. I'm here talkin trash saying I know when my chicken is done acting like I'm tuff stuff. Got a yellow one. I'm a sucker for a sale.

chambersuac
01-14-2011, 05:26 PM
Yea me neither. I'm here talkin trash saying I know when my chicken is done acting like I'm tuff stuff. Got a yellow one. I'm a sucker for a sale.

I'm so sorry to hear that you got a yellow one. I heard that the ORANGE on is the fastest, most accurate color - and that chicks dig it more :)

OL' Timer
01-18-2011, 08:03 PM
sale got me also, can't have to many. The fella with the Hubert, you have the fastest one in the world. I have 2 and they take 15 to 25 seconds to give a read.. Don't let Thermapen find out.

luckyduk
01-20-2011, 05:45 PM
The fella with the Hubert, you have the fastest one in the world. I have 2 and they take 15 to 25 seconds to give a read.. Don't let Thermapen find out.

Every thermo reads in 3 secs !:-P:-P! Reading might not be that accurate though :thumb:

rlncookinbbq
01-20-2011, 05:51 PM
My orange one is approx. maybe one hundrenth of a sec. faster than my red one.

luckyduk
01-20-2011, 06:42 PM
My orange one is approx. maybe one hundrenth of a sec. faster than my red one.

Wow!!! I didn't realize the red ones were so slow !!

1_T_Scot
01-23-2011, 07:56 PM
I don't have one I just cant replace the other off brand ones that are still working and are accurate (just not fast). Maybe I'll drop one someday.

smoque shack
01-23-2011, 10:06 PM
yes i have one and they are great!....i also have a wal mart pos, but it takes awhile.....

LM600
01-24-2011, 12:18 PM
I don't have one...what I do have is the Original Pink Finger!

bbq.tom
02-03-2011, 07:05 AM
I haven't been able to justify the expense yet.

I currently use a "Taylor 806 E Weekend Warrior Digital Thermometer" that I bought from AMAZON for $15.82. Takes all of 3 seconds to give an accurate read.

Fast enough for ANYTHING that I need a temp for.

J'ville Grill
02-05-2011, 02:23 AM
No, I can't justify the cost.

Phubar
02-05-2011, 04:59 AM
Last 3 weeks many people on the Dutch Brethren have ordered a Thermapen...including me.
Probably they don't sell them in Holland...we had to order them from the UK,without shipping cost. :becky:
Guess what's the most populair colour over here.....ORANGE!!!:cool:

Dale P
02-05-2011, 06:53 AM
I think that the T-Pen is worth the cost. I can pretty much tell when food is done too but with the super fast red T-Pen there leaves no doubt.

trekmstr
02-06-2011, 09:49 PM
nope don't have one either. keep hinting to the wife but soo far...

cowgirl
02-07-2011, 04:38 PM
I don't use one either! :-P :-D

Phubar
02-08-2011, 11:55 AM
I don't use one either! :-P :-D


...probably they don't ship to you cause you live in a very remote/stealth place.....no!?:twisted:

:wink:

LongTong
02-09-2011, 10:47 PM
The Thermapen has taken the guesswork out of a lot my cookin'. When the battery went dead during the my last cook, I was lost...

TIMMAY
02-12-2011, 10:59 AM
No thermapen for me. I want a Mav 732 first.

mmmmeat
02-13-2011, 02:12 AM
I am now in the thermapen club, and the fastest group with the orange beast

BBQ_MAFIA
02-13-2011, 07:40 AM
I have a Retro Gray Thermapen...........

laflaone
04-10-2011, 08:31 AM
I have a Thermoworks pocket thermometer. Digital display. 6 sec response advertised, but is quicker. Does same things as the thermopen, but costs $19. I also bought one of their IR-GUN-S laser infrared thermometers. On sale now for $49. This thing has a lot of uses besides checking the interior temps of your grill.

Dr_KY
07-10-2011, 08:04 AM
I have a Retro Gray Thermapen...........
Same here!!! I was told last weekend that it was at least 15 years old. SWEEEEEET!!

At this point I can't decide what the fastest is between Yellow, White or Red.

ExhaustedSpark
01-20-2012, 03:41 PM
Nope dont have one. Want one. Cost to much for me at this time.
Karl:tsk:

campdude
01-21-2012, 08:22 PM
Just ordered one today, on sale. It'll be here for next weekends smoking.

Parruthead
01-21-2012, 08:46 PM
Nope haven't been able to buy one yet.. To busy scrapping cash to buy other things i think i need...

that's hot
01-21-2012, 11:45 PM
i'm waiting to win the free one. :-P


M

vafish
01-22-2012, 11:42 AM
I don't have one.

Dr_KY
01-22-2012, 12:56 PM
I no longer have a yellow one. :(

roksmith
01-24-2012, 10:08 AM
We are currently shopping around for something, but we're looking for something a little more than "splash proof". I've seen a couple that advertise as "dishwasher safe" which I would assume to mean waterproof.
Price isn't all that much of a concern as we've wasted hundreds of dollars in the past couple of years on thermometers (both instant read and remote) that either fall apart or don't handle water well.
What waterproof alternatives have folks come up with?

expatpig
01-24-2012, 10:55 AM
I don't have one, I have a Taylor9641, and a Maverick DT-12 that work just fine.

Pyle's BBQ
01-24-2012, 12:30 PM
We made Thermapen's facebook page again. This discussion was posted there yesterday.

Pappy
01-24-2012, 04:50 PM
I almost bought one. Decided to buy a 6 second Thermoworks themometer in a group buy. Came out to $15 each. :clap2:

fireman_pete
01-24-2012, 08:58 PM
I have three of them :-) One in the house, two in the trailer. I figure it as a good investment for the entire of food we cook/cater. Plus if anything ever happens to it, Thermoworks customer service is top notch!

Gore
01-24-2012, 09:38 PM
I don't have a super-fast red one,
and I don't have a speedy yellow one,
and I don't have a stealth grey one,
and I don't have a speed-of-light blue one,
and I don't have .... Hey, I don't even have a slow one.

Sure, I'd like one, but it's a lot of money and I can get by without a thermometer for nearly everything anyway, so it's just another one of those luxury items I don't have.

jestridge
01-24-2012, 10:14 PM
I use those 18 buck Taylors work fine for me keep them a few years and toss them,

Bigpapam109
01-25-2012, 10:57 AM
I have tried a bunch of different thermometers. I sprung for the thermapen few years back and have not regretted it one bit. The only thing I regret is that the wife has confiscated it and keeps it in the kitchen now. Thinking of getting a second one.

buffalotom
02-02-2012, 05:46 PM
Well, I just broke down and bought a lightening fast Blue one. I heard that they were magical.:-D

1FUNVET
02-08-2012, 11:38 AM
I don't have a super-fast red one,
and I don't have a speedy yellow one,
and I don't have a stealth grey one,
and I don't have a speed-of-light blue one,
and I don't have .... Hey, I don't even have a slow one.

Sure, I'd like one, but it's a lot of money and I can get by without a thermometer for nearly everything anyway, so it's just another one of those luxury items I don't have.


Gotta agree with Gore.Some day i'll get around to getting one.

tnjimbob
02-08-2012, 02:28 PM
Wanted one for years, but couldn't catch a sale or didn't have the money. Fortunately, Santa came through for me this year, and I now own a speedy orange one. :laugh:

OutlawSwine
02-08-2012, 03:00 PM
I had one, but my toddler found it and I haven't been able to find it since. :(

pwa
02-08-2012, 05:14 PM
Nope but if someone want to get rid of there "old" one, I'll do them a favor and take it.:-D

pwa

Hdhillin
02-12-2012, 04:28 PM
I have one. It is great with the instant read, very accurate also. I have tried other thermometers but this is by far my favorite.

HandsomeSwede
02-13-2012, 11:18 AM
We are still analog with official Fett Svin sponsor Tel-Tru gauges: http://www.teltru.com/s-43-barbecue.aspx

rexbbq
02-13-2012, 01:10 PM
Got one for Christmas. Pretty much the only way to get one. I couldn't justify spending the money. However, now that I have one, I would purchase another in a second if it broke.

Dr_KY
02-15-2012, 09:57 AM
I don't have a pink one.

kadQ
02-25-2012, 05:50 AM
Looks like I'm going to have to buy one. Love the gadgets!!!!!

ExhaustedSpark
03-03-2012, 12:18 AM
I would say most of us do not have the thermapen. We would like to so if you would like to buy one and send it to me that would be appreciated.
Hey alway looking for the freebie.
let me know if you need my address for to send it.:rolleyes:
I know A year late and a dollar short.:becky:
What the hell i still will except it. :clap2:
Karl

Dr_KY
03-03-2012, 02:45 AM
I have a pink one now. :D

Oldchicago
06-04-2012, 11:41 AM
I don't have a Thermapen, but I have a couple of other thermoworks product and they are wonderful, customer support is just as exceptional. Maybe some day.....

smoke-n-my-i's
06-04-2012, 11:58 AM
Can't say that I have one.....

I have two of the Thermapens, 1 fast red, and 1 super fast orange

and one of the MTC's....
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html

Th3MadSc13n7isT
06-06-2012, 02:10 PM
I don't own one.

bbqlearner
06-08-2012, 03:48 PM
Don't have one but would like one one day :biggrin1: