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Unread 12-05-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Review: Splash-Proof Thermapen™

Let's face it, we barbecue and grilling folk are all about the tools and
gadgets. We'll try almost anything that we think will improve our results.
Because many gadgets are disappointing we also tend to be a skeptical
bunch. So, when you hear a consistent and nearly unanimous consensus
about a given tool or gadget, it speaks volumes. The Thermapen from
ThermoWorks clearly falls into that category.



I'll be honest and say that, although I've heard many of the cooks I
respect preach the virtues of the Thermapen for years, I've only recently
tried one because the great folks at ThermoWorks asked me to take it for
a spin. Until now I've been content with spending $10 - $30 on all manner
of thermometer, only to be disappointed and start over. Now I know what
I've been missing.

I think that there are relatively few things that cooks look for in a good
thermometer. We want accuracy, a quick read, ease-of-use, and
dependability. When I pull out a thermometer I want to know that I'll get
consistent accurate readings with no hassle. I don't want to wonder if the
thing is lying to me. This is especially true in competition barbecue where
you've got hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the line with very little
margin for error.

I've had my Thermapen for a few weeks and it is an absolute dream come
true. The thing is dead-accurate and reads in three seconds with pinpoint
precision, thanks to its narrow tapered probe. I did a side-by-side test
with boiling water and ice water and I was simply amazed at how fast it
reads. Gone are the days of standing with my hand over a hot fire waiting
for El-cheapo thermometer to tell me if my food is done.

Check out the specs on this bad boy!
  • Range: -58.0 to 572.0ºF (-49.9 to 299.9ºC)
  • Accuracy: ±0.72ºF (±0.4ºC) from -58 to 392ºF (-49.9 to 199.9ºC),
    ±1.8ºF (±1.0ºC) from 392 to 572ºF (200 to 299.9ºC)
  • Resolution: 0.1ºF/ºC full range (user reconfigurable to 1.0ºF/ºC)
  • Response Time: From 75ºF to 32ºF: ≤ 3 seconds to within 1ºF
  • Probe: 4.5" length, High Performance Type K Thermocouple
  • Display: 0.55" (14mm) LCD
  • Auto Shutoff: 10 Minutes (user reconfigurable to disable auto-off)
  • Environmental Range: -4 to 122ºF (-20 to 50ºC)
  • Battery: CR2032 (3V) lithium coin cell x 2, 1500 hours
  • Dimensions: 6.1" x 1.85" x 0.75" (153 x 47 x 19 mm)
  • Weight: 0.25 lbs (97g)
  • NIST-Traceable calibration certificate
Pretty impressive, no?

If, like me, you're tired of being like a rat on a wheel dealing with cheap
thermometers, do yourself a huge favor and spring for one of these. Yes, I
know, they seem spendy on the surface, but I guarantee that you'll never
regret the decision. It really is as good as you've probably heard.

Likewise, if you have a cook in your life and you want a great gift idea,
look no further. You'll be a hero to them for a long time to come.

Disclaimer: ThermoWorks provided me the Thermapen™ free for the
purpose of this review, but the thoughts expressed are my own, and I
stand by them.

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Unread 12-05-2011, 11:36 PM   #2
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(Per request) My wife bought me a RED one for Christmas. I can't wait to use it!!!!! ROLL TIDE BABY!
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Gee, I'll review it for a free one!
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Gee, I'll review it for a free one!
Speaking of that..... did you get to KEEP the Pen?????? If so, why did the company just decide to send you one for free? They already have enough positive feedback. Just curious to know.........
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Speaking of that..... did you get to KEEP the Pen?????? If so, why did the company just decide to send you one for free? They already have enough positive feedback. Just curious to know.........
PD is someone a lot of folks, myself included, pay attention to. Look up his past posts & you'll see why - he consistently puts up very good stuff. Has a cool blog too.

PD - I'll send you my PayPal info for the payoff...

As to the Thermapen - got one I keep outside, one I keep inside. 'Nuff said.
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Great review John. I have had mine for a year and it hasn't yet failed to impress. Now if you will excuse me, I need to call David Klose and discuss a review of a certain pit...
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Speaking of that..... did you get to KEEP the Pen?????? If so, why did the company just decide to send you one for free? They already have enough positive feedback. Just curious to know.........
Yes, I did get to keep the thermometer.

It's very common and not unlike many other products. For example, I have a
book review that I'll be posting soon.

It's really just social marketing. They just ask if you want to try it. I don't
know what their criteria is (each company is different), but I appreciate the
opportunity.

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"They already have enough positive feedback."

Is it possible to have too much positive feedback?
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So obviously the thermoworks company is great to deal with. For those of us who don't have lots of $$ hanging on temperature, e.g. comps, is the least expensive RT600C a fine option? You know if speed isn't crucial. $90 is lot in my world. I ask because I've also been through/destroyed a few thermometers that were $5-$20, and they weren't thermoworks brand.
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So obviously the thermoworks company is great to deal with. For those of us who don't have lots of $$ hanging on temperature, e.g. comps, is the least expensive RT600C a fine option? You know if speed isn't crucial. $90 is lot in my world. I ask because I've also been through/destroyed a few thermometers that were $5-$20, and they weren't thermoworks brand.
The RT600C and RT301WA both get good reviews.

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I got mine as a gift (fastest yellow I might add) and I can honestly say if it broke tomorrow I would spend the money to replace it immediatly! The thing is great for everything.
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Review: Splash-Proof Thermapen™

Let's face it, we barbecue and grilling folk are all about the tools and
gadgets. We'll try almost anything that we think will improve our results.
Because many gadgets are disappointing we also tend to be a skeptical
bunch. So, when you hear a consistent and nearly unanimous consensus
about a given tool or gadget, it speaks volumes. The Thermapen from
ThermoWorks clearly falls into that category.


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I just received my yellow Thermapen with protective boot, zipper case for under $100.00.....

I love the speed and I no longer need to compare readings from different thermometers for accuracy checks.

Ask them to give BBQ-Brethren a special deal here on the TW8060 kit with two probes. .... LOL

I'm ready to buy one, I just need some convincing
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