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slammmed
12-26-2012, 08:25 PM
How long has everyone had their thermapen? I am looking to bite the bullet but I'm torn between that and the greatly cheaper rt600c. The temperature range is whats making me lean towards the thermapen but the price difference is staggering.

But... It'd be worth it if I know it's going to pay for itself I the long run. So, how long have you had your thermapen?

Offthehook
12-26-2012, 08:26 PM
I always go by look and touch, still have good results without a thermometer.

Pyle's BBQ
12-26-2012, 08:41 PM
I know I have had my first one for over 5 years. The second one for at least 3 years. The older one gets used everyday at the restaurant. The second one is the splashproof ultra fast yellow and that is the one I use. I have not had a problem with either one of them.

IamMadMan
12-26-2012, 09:00 PM
I have 2 Thermopens, one for poultry (yellow) and one for beef and pork (red).

I have had them for two years without any problems of any type. I use the Thermopen rather than total reliance on twist and touch. I like to know just how close I am to target time for scheduled dinner time, this allows me to adjust the cooker to meet my time schedule.

They are indispensable when cooking hundreds of pieces of chicken or 20 to 40 Pork Butts to make sure a safe temperature is reached before putting in the trays to rest. It also allows you to move items around in the cooker to balance out the hot spots.

If you keep an eye out you can get a Thermopen on an Open Box Sale with full warranty. http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/splashproof_thermapen_open_box_sale.html

Everyone has their own method of checking, and bottom line is that there are differences in the same cuts of meat, so the thermometer is just a guide to assist you, except in the case of poultry. With poultry nothing leaves my cookers until proper temperatures are achieved in each piece of meat.

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Soybomb
12-26-2012, 09:18 PM
My thermapen is about a year and a half old. My dad's thermapen is about 4 years old by now. It used to be mine but eventually I could no longer separate the two of them... :-P

At the end of the day I believe I use my thermapen for every cook on the grill or smoker even if its just verification and it also gets used inside for non patio cooking. It is probably my most used cooking tool. There may be a cheaper substitute option that works well but I have no regrets over the cash I've dropped on both of them.

rlt
12-26-2012, 11:49 PM
I use mine on almost every cook, but I use it for baking too. I make alot of bread and it is invaluable to check water temperature before pitching yeast. It truly is a helpful tool.

slammmed
12-27-2012, 05:01 AM
Great, thanks for the feedback. At the rate I'm dropping on thermometers that break I'm just going to order it.

Untraceable
12-27-2012, 06:45 AM
speaking of splashproof, mine went through the washmachine. even like an idiot I open it up right away and was blown away that it turned on. quick turned it off, opened the battery cap, poured out water, left it open for a week to dry out and its working just like the day I got it.

smoke-n-my-i's
12-27-2012, 07:15 AM
I have two thermapens. The older, super fast red one, is now going on 5 yrs. The newer one, screaming fast orange, is abt 2 yrs old. Both doing GREAT......

I recently purchased 5 of the rt600c thermometers, and IMHO, I would not recommend them for a lot of cooking.... they have a rather long skinny probe and a rather small case. I would think that if used a lot, that would be the weak point and break or come apart there.

Bite the bullet and get the pen if you are serious abt a great thermometer that will hold up.

Bill

smoke-n-my-i's
12-27-2012, 07:16 AM
You will find also that the rt600c is a slower responding thermometer, not much, but it is slower, and the accuracy is NOT as good as the real deal thermopens.....

chad
12-27-2012, 07:24 AM
I've had mine for 5 or 6 years and never a problem. It's been used at home, comps, and catering in good, bad, and UGLY weather conditions.

Ackman
12-27-2012, 08:17 AM
What I found curious, was I have only entered one competition, but the KCBS reps when they came around for meat inspection, they specifically asked to see my Thermopen, by name...not just a thermometer. My red one is about 4 years old and has been refurbished twice ($15 a pop) my orange one is 2 years old and have not had any issues with that one.

slammmed
12-27-2012, 11:41 AM
wow thanks for the great responses guys, i guess there is a reason they are the best and most popular.

ssv3
12-27-2012, 12:47 PM
And their customer service is superior. I ordered one for my bro as a Xmas gift and when it arrived I immidiately noticed it wasn't working right. I placed a call to them on the 20th of December and explained that compared to my Tpen my bro's was slow and had a delay. Before I even told them that I needed it for Xmas the guy shipped out a replacement and told me to just put to defective one in the box that the new one was coming in and send it back. The whole call to them regarding the issue took about 3 minutes total. Needless to say I rec'd the replacemnt on the 22nd of December and in time for Xmas. That's what I call service.:thumb:

CYvilEng
12-27-2012, 12:48 PM
speaking of splashproof, mine went through the washmachine. even like an idiot I open it up right away and was blown away that it turned on. quick turned it off, opened the battery cap, poured out water, left it open for a week to dry out and its working just like the day I got it.

Similar story here too. I left mine outside and it snowed 4 inches on it. I opened it to see if I ruined it and it worked. The display was a little sluggish. Still works like a champ.

Sent from my phone.

nmayeux
12-27-2012, 01:07 PM
We have two, and because they are so fast, durable, and portable, you won't hesitate to carry and use them. This is especially important when serving your food to the public, or people you really like... :)

smoke-n-my-i's
12-27-2012, 01:07 PM
What I found curious, was I have only entered one competition, but the KCBS reps when they came around for meat inspection, they specifically asked to see my Thermopen, by name...not just a thermometer. My red one is about 4 years old and has been refurbished twice ($15 a pop) my orange one is 2 years old and have not had any issues with that one.

mmmmmmmmmm.... didn't think the reps were allowed to specify a thermometer.... I do know that the rules say that when cooling meat to hold, there are specific temps and times that it has to be done within (which meet the minimum health requirements). I would call foul on them saying which thermometer had to be used...... there is NOTHING in the rules saying it has to be brand X, Y, or Z... just a thermometer.

I would report that to KCBS and let them deal with it.... I am noticing a more and more reps are taking the level of terms on their own level and pushing a little too much authority.... they are not being consistent with their requirements.

Dr_KY
12-27-2012, 06:52 PM
I got my grey thermapen in 2002, just changed the original battery two months ago.

JD McGee
12-27-2012, 06:57 PM
I have had my original "GREEN" one since 2008...:thumb: We now have a "WINE" colored one too...:becky:

slammmed
12-27-2012, 07:19 PM
I got my grey thermapen in 2002, just changed the original battery two months ago.

Wow!!

trufunk
01-07-2013, 03:58 PM
http://images4.static-bluray.com/htgallery/124474_full.jpg
Don't know if it's the fastest but I know Purple is the sexiest! Can I get a witness? OHHH FUNKY BRETHREN!!!

Porcine Perfection
01-07-2013, 04:06 PM
If I have food on the smoker I have my Thermapen in my pocket. I cook to probe tender but I still take temps to monitor stalls, etc..

Chef Country
01-07-2013, 04:16 PM
Iv had my pen for 2 yrs and never had a problem with it, I was using it at my moms one time she loved it so much she got a pink one for xmas last year. Then I got my red one back!

chriscw81
01-07-2013, 04:43 PM
the wifey just recently pulled the trigger on my blue thermapen and it arrives tomorrow. i cant wait. i'm gonna be finding temps to read all over the house until i get my next day off to do some Q :grin:

trufunk
01-07-2013, 05:33 PM
LOL this is my first one too!

Big Mike
01-07-2013, 05:51 PM
4 years and going strong.

IronStomach
01-07-2013, 08:56 PM
Have had my blue thermopen for 3 years. It lives in the kitchen and gets used daily. Haven't had to change the battery yet. Bought some for friends and family last year, if my dad hasn't broken his yet, then these things are indestructible.

bbqbull
01-07-2013, 09:14 PM
Lost my grey one last year.
Red one got left out in a rain storm. Dried it out but I need to send it back to Utah and have it checked out.
Ordered a new orange one today. I am baking several cases of chicken this weekend for our local village chicken dinners. I gotta be on top of my game as to not get anybody sick. We serve around 400 dinners in 4 hours.
I would never settle for anything but a thermopen. Our head Health Dept. is delighted that we use them. He swears by them.

BruceKWHP
01-07-2013, 09:24 PM
Michelin tires, snap on tools... and Thermapen.

You only cry once when you buy 'em... the rest is joy.

quality lasts, cheap crap just fills the garbage.

Pyle's BBQ
01-08-2013, 12:02 AM
This is a picture of my Thermapen from 3 years ago. I have not changed the batteries yet.

NickTheGreat
01-08-2013, 07:52 AM
^^^ That's interesting. I was just wondering the other day how long my batteries should last.

Dr_KY
01-10-2013, 01:24 PM
Wow!!

She's still clipping along with no issues ever.The hardest part was finding the 12v replacement battery. :thumb:

My others still run like clockwork so I won't be changing to any other brand no matter what they offer. I like not having to wonder if my thermometer is going to have an issue when indeed it. :clap: :clap: :clap: