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Unread 03-24-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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We are a two Thermapen household. I have a brown model that I bought during one of the sales, and once my wife saw it, she had to have a pink one for making candy & stuff. My wife is a retired science teacher, so she decided to calibrate them. Made up an ice bath and a pot of boiling water. Both units read within 2 degrees of 32 in the ice and 212 boiling. A few days later, I was cooking pork butt on the WSM and stuck both therms in the meat next to each other. Mine read 193 and hers said 175. It seems that the pink reads almost 20 degrees lower than the brown. Subsequent tests on chicken and brisket confirm this. Any suggestions? Mine has already been back to Thermoworks for repair because it just blanked out and wouldn't work, but since I got it back, it hasn't missed a beat.
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Sounds like this is in order...

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This is just proof that there ARE differences between the colors.....I'm just sayin'
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Its a possibility that one of the thermapens in the butt got into a fat pocket and sometimes those can read higher? Usually I'll take 2-3 random probes to make sure I do not hit a fat pocket. Did that happen on the briskets and chicken too, I dont know, could be too much of a stretch in your case. But in a one off, I would not be too concerned, especially if they hit 32 and 212 within close range of each other.
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Have you checked the calibration again? If that checks out there is something different in the meat.
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From ThermoWorks - Try the ice bath test again. If they both read 32°F (or within range of accuracy) then you can take comfort in knowing that they're reading correctly at ALL temperatures. Consider what "eggzlot" said about hitting a fat pocket in the pork shoulder. Probe placement, depth and time all play HUGE rolls in determining how one thermometer reads over another. Give it another go in an ice bath, and if they're still off, give ThermoWorks a call and we'll make sure you're taken care of - 801-756-7705.
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That's what I would add as well, there's always a bunch of different temperature spots in each piece of meat. Chances of hitting the same number with two different probes is pretty slim. If they continue to do well in the ice bath, then I wouldn't think you have anything wrong.
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That's what I would add as well, there's always a bunch of different temperature spots in each piece of meat. Chances of hitting the same number with two different probes is pretty slim. If they continue to do well in the ice bath, then I wouldn't think you have anything wrong.

But if that's the case, then the difference between them should be random - sometime pink is warmer, sometime pink is cooler.
If pink is constantly showing 20* colder, there is a problem.
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Have you checked the calibration again? If that checks out there is something different in the meat.
^ +1 I agree... depth, density, moisture content, and fat as others mentioned will all affect the reading.

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Why not get your wife to recalibrate both. That's what science teachers are for.
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It has been my experience that there is a 20dg difference between sticking in the pink or in the brown..
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It has been my experience that there is a 20dg difference between sticking in the pink or in the brown..
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That ^^^ and you are not right.
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It has been my experience that there is a 20dg difference between sticking in the pink or in the brown..
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Probably the best quote I have read on this site so far. I look forward to following you in the wood pile sir.
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