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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default Quick Read Thermometer

I'm looking for a quick read thermometer. I received one of the fork style ones for Christmas, but it was so far off, that it's totally useless. A dealer at a BGE store told me about the one he uses (a BGE product I think) that he says he also uses to read hot tub temps within 1 or 2 tenths of a degree. I didn't buy it then because I thought I'd ask here 1st.

I'd like it to be digital & read in 5 seconds or less. Price isn't the main issue, but I think under $50 is my goal. I have a maverick ET-73, so I'm just looking for something to check chicken or burgers.

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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:24 PM   #2
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I love my Neon Green Thermapen.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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i just ordered a thermopen, about double what you're looking to spend, but super accurate and super fast, despite what people on here will say, color does not effect the speed, but mines orange
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OMG. you just opened a can of worms. Many people here will tell you that THEIR color of thermapen is the best. - when the truth is.... the red thermapen reads the fastest; and can attract the opposite sex!
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My superfast (in arctic temps) blue Thermapen is getting delivered today. Sweet.
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America's Test Kitchen just did a test on lower priced thermometers (they love the thermapens but wanted something priced for the backyard guy) and they loved the CDN brand thermometer, they tested it and in 6 seconds it was done, it looked like this one DT450X or the DTT450
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I haven't plunked down the $$ for Thermapen yet but for 1/4 the price you can get a Taylor 9842 professional digital instant read thermometer that is waterproof for around $20.... The only drawback is it only comes in one color : brown mustard

I've been using this unit and one similar for years and have never had to recalibrate....

Parts Shelf website have them on sale for $17...
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It is a little more than $50. You can not go wrong with the ultra sleek fast and accurate BLUE Thermapen
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Thermapen. Yellow. Get one. The end.
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Neon Green Thermapen. I use it for Bread, meats and any other thing I can take a temperature on. Not counting anything living!

But yeah, it isn't where you want to be financially.
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It is a little more than $50. You can not go wrong with the ultra sleek fast and accurate BLUE Thermapen
Ditto on the BLUE. A very calming color when the temps aren't what you were hoping for.
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the thermapen's might cost alot of $$$$, but I can tell you I saved that much money just on steaks I didn't fark up.
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It is a little more than $50. You can not go wrong with the ultra sleek fast and accurate BLUE Thermapen
So Far the cheapest Thermapen I can find is $96. While I don't really mind spending a little extra for quality, that seems like a little over kill for someone who's just a 2 or 3 time a week BBQ-er for just the family. I haven't ruled it out, but right now it's not my 1st choice.
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2-3 times a week, mess up a couple steaks, or undercook a couple chickens and you'll make that money back quick, besides, 96 is for the splashproof one, the old ones used to be that much, and they weren't splashproof...ORANGE
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