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Old 12-04-2019, 02:28 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!
Today is the day when I've decided to buy a meat thermometer. All the time I've used a digital meat thermometer from ThermoPro It worked well and, I think, displayed precise data. But I began to notice that sometimes he shows the wrong temperature. So I've decided to buy a new one. I know there are different types of thermometers, but now I'm interested in IR (infrared) thermometers. I've read some articles about them on popular (and not so) resources, and I've seen many good reviews. For example, there is Fluke 62 MAX Plus which has +-1% accuracy, and that sounds great (but this model is not so cheap).
My questions: Who is using them and can share thoughts/opinions about them? Is it worth it to buy or is it better to buy a digital meat thermometer again (maybe from another brand)?
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:59 AM   #2
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I really like my Flute digital volt meters. I've had two of mine for over 30 yrs and they still works. Excellent products. I lost my first one years ago. Then found it a couple years later after buying a new one. I found it out side, still hooked to my AC unit. From years prior when working on my HVAC. Thru at least 2 full Michigan winters/summers.Laying on the ground. New battery and good to go.
You can by a $15 IR if you want one to check surface temps. I don't think I'd spend any extra $$ for a IR. Since you are only able to check surface temps.
You would want a digital thermometer so you can check internal temps.
Either one with probes and/or instant read like Thermapen, inkbird etc.
Here is a review of Inkbird
I have a thermapen and XR50. Both are very good products.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:15 AM   #3
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IMO a lazer therm is a waste of $ for BBQ, I have used 1 for years doing heat and air work, tried to use it doing refridge work and when a door is opened the temps change to fast to get a internal reading , I like the inkbird therms, have the 6x and the new rechargeable stick therm in orange tats water proof.
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:03 AM   #4
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IR surface temp won't help you much with a BBQ.

Try this: Thermoworks options
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:16 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Sid Post View Post
IR surface temp won't help you much with a BBQ.

Agreed, but I do use mine for grilling with GrillGrates and for my Camp Chef Griddle regularly.
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Also agreed

I use my Thermapen all of the time!

If you want to look at a lower cost option I have heard good things about the instant read thermometer from Inkbird, but I haven't used one. Inkbird is a Brethren Ventures Member and they regularly off discounts to the Brethren.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:27 AM   #6
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If you can afford it, a Thermapen. I have 4 of them between home and my restaurant for years now. They get used all day, every day, in harsh conditions (dropped in a vat of 350 degree grease, rain, snow, dropped, left outside in -20 degrees, stepped on, etc.) and not one has stopped working yet.

A bit of an investment, but it's something you will probably still be using 20 years from now.

I also love the form factor of those things. One lives in my back pocket at work or goes on the road with me.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:08 PM   #7
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Can't go wrong with Thermopen. Will last a lifetime, accurate and super quick read. Thermopop is good too if you want lower cost option. Takes a second or two longer to read than the thermopen.

I believe both are backlit now and rotate display based on orientation. Those two features are very nice upgrades over original versions.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:09 PM   #8
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I agree with the others who said that the only thing in BBQ an IR thermometer would be good for is to measure the surface temp of a flat-top griddle.

I'm going to respectfully disagree with the others on the Thermapen though. The Thermapen is nice, and if you can afford it and think it's worth the money, then by all means go for it. It's your money...but it’s way overpriced for what it is IMO. A digital thermometer is probably one of the simplest electronic instruments there is. Even a very well made and reliable one has no business costing anywhere close $100 IMO. I have the Thermoworks 600C, which cost me something like $23 including shipping, has served me perfectly, and works just as well as the Thermapen. No it doesn’t have an auto-rotating display, and it doesn't fold. While they may sound nice, those are really unnecessary features if you ask me. Just my 2 cents.

The 600 series is IP67 waterproof though, meaning i can drop it in a pot of hot soapy water and let it soak for an hour (or even overnight) with no issues. I've had it for over 2.5 years, we use it all the time, still measures very accurate in boiling water and an icewater bath, and still haven't even had to change the battery. It is calibratable too should it ever need adjusting.

The 600C is now discontinued but the current versions of it are the 600D and the ProNeedle, both of which are around $30.
EDIT: Looks like the current 600D and ProNeedle do have a 180* rotating display. click the "10 Questions / 59 Answers" link above the price to see a comparison between the Proneedle and the 600D, as well as a comparison between the ProNeedle and ThermoPop.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:19 PM   #9
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I'd get the javelin over the thermapen myself, but I personally use the 600c.
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:42 AM   #10
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My Javelin didn't even last a year.
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:35 AM   #11
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Something to think about.
If you are only checking one or two pieces of meat. Then a 3 to 5 second temp gauge is fine.
If you are going to check 5 + steaks, or 20+ pieces of poultry. Or 8 loafs of bread etc etc.
Waiting 5 seconds for each reading can be the difference between success and failure.
I use my thermapop where the tool works fine for checking 2 birds, But my thermapen gets used for all larger cooks.
If you don't need/want the speed then don't pay the $$.
Thermapens go on sale quite a few times each year. I've bought a few for friends and family. Those folks have found them to be the best option for their situations. Where at first they poo poo'd em.
When doing large cooks where the local health dept. is required to verify proteins are fully cooked. Any digital thermometer that is slower than the Thermapen by 2 seconds really is a PIA.
Example, check/show/verify 40+ porkbutts are to temp. You might as well have 15 other thermometers to get the job done. As no food can be processed/served till temps are checked. Been there done that.

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Old 12-05-2019, 08:41 AM   #12
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Start with Thermapen Super Fast, add as many others as you like after obtaining a Thermapen and branch out from there IMHOpinion
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:44 AM   #13
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Losing one hunk of meat or having a cook go sideways could easily cover the cost of a quality thermometer. My go to for “true north” temp readings is my Thermapen. ebijack’s point about probing multiple things is a good one, maybe that won’t apply to you but I’ve had to temp 20+ chicken quarters before and I want my face in the cooker for as little time as possible.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:54 AM   #14
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:20 AM   #15
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Thermapen is my pick. Have one at home and in the trailer. Even give them out as gifts to those who need extra help at the grill (father-in-law).
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