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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:25 PM   #16
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2 weeks after I got chewed out by the better half for spending $100 on a orange Thermapen, I was ordering her a pink one...
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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:40 PM   #17
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You can also get the thermoworks RT600C its a 6 second instant that I use due to it being $25 vs $100 still a quality product from thermoworks I bought mine off amazon. I also have an ET-732 and I like the instant for true grilling (steaks & chicken ect) and to probe around large chuncks of meat to see temps throughout.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:40 PM   #18
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2 weeks after I got chewed out by the better half for spending $100 on a orange Thermapen, I was ordering her a pink one...
Should of been GREEN GO DUCKS!
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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:45 PM   #19
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You have to be strategic about it. It is not really a need, you don't want to sound desperate. I currently do not own a Thermapen. Not because of the wife, only because I am trying to pay off an incredibly high interest, student loan. I would give her strong reasons of why you would like one. My wife would be fine with me purchasing one. As long as I use and enjoy it. I would add, that it would help to get her steak just perfect.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 09:08 PM   #20
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If it's not the blue one it's not as fast or accurate. Get the thermapen so you can say you have one. BLUE
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I have 2.Use them nightly.The thermapen will save more food from overcooking in 3 months than it costs.The grill is certainly not their only use.They are great for inside cooking/baking too.I have 4 et 73's.They have their place and I love em.You can check multiple places in a dish with the thermapen within seconds.The others are ONLY gonna take temps wherever the probe tip is located.Of ALL the Q gadgets I have bought,and it is a plethora,the thermapen was the best money spent,only because my Large BGE was a gift!!!
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I have the 372 and love it but I would never ever be without my RED thermapen.
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I love mine and have to hide from my son (he now has to check his food).
I used to do the therm probe thing, but with time and "some" practice I just use the pen as the red one reads fast enough to just pop the UDS lid for a sec so I don't get temp spikes.
"whew" long sentance...
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I love mine and have to hide from my son (he now has to check his food).
I used to do the therm probe thing, but with time and "some" practice I just use the pen as the red one reads fast enough to just pop the UDS lid for a sec so I don't get temp spikes.
"whew" long sentance...
yep, the temp spikes in the drum is what convinced me to buy a thermapen.. in and out in 10 seconds
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What about the big green egg instant read digital thermometer that they claim registers the temperature in 1 second and is less than half the price??? Any comments?
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My 372 works great, but for a quick check on a steak, or chicken:

The thermapen can't be beat!

Just make sure to get the PURPLE unit. It's faster!
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Thermapen has made me a much better cook, but more for grilling than smoking. Steaks, chops, fish, burgers, etc., are all done perfectly now, every time.
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Because it's the ONLY "Instant read" meat therm I've ever used. My wife and I use it all the time, and I checked it just a couple of months back....still accurate and right on the money.
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No doubt it is expensive, most quality toys are. Do you need one? Probably not, but I use this for all types of cooking not just BBQ. I take it when I know I will be BBQing at someone elses place or when I travel. Small, easily transportable, and extremely accurate. My wife actually bought mine for me as a gift so I didn't have to convince her I needed one, just dropped a lot of hints.

If you break her down and decide to get one make sure you get Orange because it is Warp speed fast!
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I have a cheaper thermoworks as well as a thermopen and all I use anymore is the thermopen. The size is great - fits perfectly in the hand. The numbers are large and easy to read. It is splash proof. It has a protective area when closed to prevent damage. It really is just great.

And if that wasn't enough...

My blazin fast yellow pen is so fast I can see into the future and tell what time my ribs will be done! Yellow is of course, the fastest color.
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