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Unread 04-26-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Looking at getting one of those electronic thermometer so I don't have to worry about eating raw pork or chicken or heat loss when checking foods. What's your probe of choice?
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Looking at getting one of those electronic thermometer so I don't have to worry about eating raw pork or chicken or heat loss when checking foods. What's your probe of choice?
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Its by thermoworks but isn't a thermapen. Its way cheaper than a thermapen and still does a darn good accurate job in about 4 seconds. If you only want to spend around $20 for a GOOD thermometer then get this one. I just ordered a second one last week.

Plus, if you can't wait 4 seconds to get an accurate temp and really really REALLY NEED the instant one for $90, then you are booking yourself to tight my friend.
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If you want wireless, then the Maverick ET-732 would be my first choice. It works great and when you set the alarms for both pit temp and food temp to where you want it, you're set.

If we're talking 'instant' read, then I agree that the Termapen is tops, but you can find less expensive models that do the job 'almost' as quickly.

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If you want wireless, then the Maverick ET-732 would be my first choice. It works great and when you set the alarms for both pit temp and food temp to where you want it, you're set.

If we're talking 'instant' read, then I agree that the Termapen is tops, but you can find less expensive models that do the job 'almost' as quickly.

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How long could I expect the Thermopen (or for that matter the Thermoworks RT600C) to last under frequent use? That's something i haven't seen adressed in reviews.
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I don't know the brand, but I bought it at Kroger for 12 bucks. It works every bit as well as the Thermapen I paid 100 bucks for.

Time to put my flame suit on.

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I don't know the brand, but I bought it at Kroger for 12 bucks. It works every bit as well as the Thermapen I paid 100 bucks for.

Time to put my flame suit on.

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How long could I expect the Thermopen (or for that matter the Thermoworks RT600C) to last under frequent use? That's something i haven't seen adressed in reviews.
Depends.

If you abuse them (drop them, leave them in the rain, cold, or snow, etc etc) they won't last terribly long.

Take care of them and both will last you a good long while. Most say long enough to make spending the $90 worth it.
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How long could I expect the Thermopen (or for that matter the Thermoworks RT600C) to last under frequent use? That's something i haven't seen adressed in reviews.
I use 2 Thermapens in my restaurant daily. The older one that is about 5 years old still has the original batter, has been "washed" by the staff and generally semi-abused. I would say for someone not in the food service industry it should last a lifetime if you take care of it.

I forgot to add, I found my splash proof Thermapen floating in the dish washing sink the other day. Some how it got knocked into the water. I fished it out, opened the battery door to check for water. No water came out, so I put the batteries back in and kept on using it.
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I bought my thermopen over 3 years ago and love it. I did recently have an issue with mine giving me wrong temps. I called them about it, they said to send it to them and they would check it for free. They emailed me yesterday and said they fixed it under warranty, calibrated it, and they'll be sending it back. I'm really impressed with their products and service.
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