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Old 06-23-2014, 11:42 AM   #16
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If you want to save some, wait for the open box sale. Their as good as new, can't tell any difference. Get one, you'll LOVE it. This thread will come up again in a month or so and you'll get more in favor than against, like always.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:45 AM   #17
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Absolutely! I carry mine around with me on cook days instead of my phone....I love it!
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:46 AM   #18
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I don't think it's worth it for my use. I'm glad I didn't pay full price. If it dies I won't purchase another. I would get a less expensive one but I don't cook a lot of stuff at once or cater or anything like that. I can wait 3 to 5 seconds longer for a temp reading.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:51 AM   #19
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I love the thermopop....backlit and almost as fast. At $24 it is a great deal.



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Old 06-23-2014, 12:03 PM   #20
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since getting a thermapen my maverick et-732 hasn't seen daylight. Although the thermapop at 1/4 of the price is a sweet deal too.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:29 PM   #21
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Thanks all for the responses. I just ordered the ThermoPop.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:39 PM   #22
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When I do large cooks ... I mean around 10+ shoulders and 10+ briskets I do love the thermapen ... as it allows me to quickly check temps on each piece of meat. I use a Stoker and have 3 grate level probes and 2 meat probes, so I usually have a rough idea of where my temps are however I've had a few cooks where certain meats stall and others don't. That being said, I also have Cooper Pen (Father's Day gift) that 'fnbish' recommended ... and have found I use that more and more.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:41 PM   #23
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"Is it worth it" depends on several factors as many have mentioned. $100 for some people is a weeks salary and for others it could be 10 minutes of work. For me it wasn't worth the price as I'm not in comps and not rich by any means. In my opinion if you are just a Family and friends at home griller/smoker I feel you can get a really good thermometer for a quarter of the price.
I have the ThermoWorks RT600C from Amazon. $21 after shipping and recommended by amazingribs.com. Works great for me. Very accurate and only takes about 5 seconds to register temperature.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:42 PM   #24
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For BBQ, it might be overrated as I use a remote thermometer to get me in the ballpark and probe for tenderness at the end of the cook. Chicken thighs are the only thing I use it for.
That being said, I love it for grilling steaks, burgers, sausages, tenderloins, etc. Is a quick thermometer worth it? Definitely as you’ll be able to grill items to your personal perfection. You won’t have that “walk of shame” back to the grill when someone cuts into some pink chicken. You won’t serve up dry hockey pucks either.
So do you invest in the $20 models or the $90 one? That’s a matter of convenience. I have both. I’m still thrilled with my Thermapen purchase. When you are doing a reverse sear, an extra second or two waiting for the thermometer can lead to a lack of knuckle hair. With a grill full of meats and hungry on-lookers, I like having the super-fast readings.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #25
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ThermoPop is a great thermometer as well. I think you made a good purchase there. Spend the extra $70 and build a UDS.......Someone had to say it!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:59 PM   #26
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I was looking into the thermopen but at $25 for the thermopop, it is a no brainer for me. Thanks for helping me save (and spend) some money. I'm tired of my store bought $20 POS that shuts off before it gets a stable reading.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:01 PM   #27
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One thing to add is that if you use it for stuff other than BBQ it is invaluable. For steaks, I wouldn't trade it for something that took even a second longer.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:25 PM   #28
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The short answer is yes (for me). But if money is a concern start with the thermoworks pocket thermometer ($19), I use one as a back up and it is great.
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/...t/rt301wa.html
Have had the pocket model for two years and love it. Just bought two more on sale for $16 as gifts for my daughters.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:05 PM   #29
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YES!!!
I even bought one for my daughter who is 15!!
Once you have used one it is hard to go back to the old, slow thermo's

My experience also, it also makes other people every envious!
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I do have a thermapen and love it, but for those not wanting to spend that kind of money this model that I have bought at Restaurant Depot is what I recommend. Is is maybe 1 second slower and waterproof. I have no worries about washing this thing and getting water all over it. Thermapens are only "splashproof" but mine has certainly lasted.

This one in the pic is actually the 2nd one I've bought. I have one for home and this latest is now what I have as my thermapen back up at comps. If my thermapen ever dies I won't buy another. And you can order it on Amazon in case you don't have a RD near. For $25 it is absolutely an equal to the thermapen. Had I known about it prior to buying my thermapen I wouldn't have dropped the $90.



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Thanks for sharing this now... :) At comps, I would much rather lose, ruin, smash a $25 thermo than a $100 one!
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