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qnbiker
10-10-2018, 10:53 AM
For years, I have been wondering why people would spend that much on an instant read thermometer; I get mine off Amazon for less than $20 and they work fine for a couple of years. My 3 year-old thermometer bit the dust and I was just in the mood so I bought a MK4. The entire time - at the register, driving home, opening the packaging - I was silently chanting "I don't need this, I don't need this". A few hours later, I was checking the temp of my chicken and I stopped chanting.


I don't need a Thermapen; I could have cooked the chicken without it. My old instant read only took a couple of seconds longer. There's really no reason to have one, but I'm glad I do! And, I think the chicken actually tasted better!

seakuv
10-10-2018, 11:01 AM
If you have anything near the same kind of results that I've had with mine, you may never need to buy another one. Just change the battery ever few years instead of buying a whole new thermometer.

Mike Twangzer
10-10-2018, 11:04 AM
That Thermapen injects some secret something or other into the meat every time you use it. But taste depends on the which color you use. Better get several in different colors and taste the difference.

Joshw
10-10-2018, 11:07 AM
There is a lot of things we don't need, that make life better. I was a hold out on Thermapen, for a long time, but I wouldn't want to be without it now.

That couple of seconds is a big deal, when you are trying to temp several pieces of meat, while smoke is billowing in your face. Especially during the dog days of summer, when I am trying to get back to AC as quick as possible. But it is certainly a luxury item.

RC0032
10-10-2018, 11:13 AM
Direct Amazon link?

Building my Christmas list and looking at this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Thermometer-Cooking-BACKLIGHT-WATERPROOF-Temperature/dp/B00S93EQUK?keywords=thermapen&qid=1539184444&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011%2Cp_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&sr=8-7&ref=sr_1_7

seakuv
10-10-2018, 11:21 AM
I think that you'll be a LOT better off buying direct from ThermoWorks that buying from a third party via Amazon. YMMV. I just placed an order with Thermoworks on Monday, - shipped same day, should arrive today. Great service and if you find a "new" Thermapen at a lower price than what ThermoWorks lists, you might want to be cautious about what you're buying.

Here's what they post on their website:

"Warning regarding ThermoWorks products at Amazon, eBay and other sites

The lowest internet prices for ThermoWorks products are available at thermoworks.com and through special offers received by subscribers to ThermoWorks emails.

Amazon, eBay, walmart.com, sears.com and their sellers are NOT Authorized Dealers. There are unscrupulous sellers at those sites who have purchased ThermoWorks products at retail prices and are then re-selling them at significantly elevated prices, sometimes 2 to 4 times the Authorized List Price. After receiving numerous complaints from customers who were victimized by those listings, we felt it was important to do what we could to warn unsuspecting consumers.

Furthermore, we have received a growing number of complaints that such sellers are offering counterfeit, copycat, stolen units, and "Open-Box" units as authentic NEW ThermoWorks products. Thus, from January 1st of 2016, technical support and warranty coverage are only available on ThermoWorks products that are purchased direct from ThermoWorks or from ThermoWorks' Authorized Dealers. In this way we know the consumer is fully protected and we can protect our reputation for treating customers fairly."

Big George's BBQ
10-10-2018, 11:23 AM
I have had a thermapen for years Actually just got a second as the first was not as accurate I use to have a refurbished one also- did not like it so I got rid of it

qnbiker
10-10-2018, 11:25 AM
Editing instead of deleting, which I don't know how to do.

qnbiker
10-10-2018, 11:25 AM
Direct Amazon link?

Building my Christmas list and looking at this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Thermometer-Cooking-BACKLIGHT-WATERPROOF-Temperature/dp/B00S93EQUK?keywords=thermapen&qid=1539184444&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011%2Cp_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&sr=8-7&ref=sr_1_7I had an older version of that one. It's a good thermometer, but this is about the Thermapen. You don't need to spend the extra money, but you'll be glad you did.

dadsr4
10-10-2018, 11:38 AM
Direct Amazon link?
I think he was referring to the old thermometer, but Thermapen doesn't guarantee units bought anywhere besides their own site. The best price I've seen is when they have an open box sale. If you are interested, get on their email list.

RC0032
10-10-2018, 12:00 PM
Ya i struggle with the $100 price tag. Maybe I need my own thread for best insta-read under $50 :lol:

sthamm
10-10-2018, 12:03 PM
I like the speed of my thermapen, but I utterly dislike it not turning on every time I flip it open. Limited time warranty on it so now I just deal with the annoying inconvenience.

Pedro7
10-10-2018, 12:05 PM
That Thermapen injects some secret something or other into the meat every time you use it. But taste depends on the which color you use. Better get several in different colors and taste the difference.

That's why I got mine in red!! Gives everything a great color.

Really tho I have two of the Javelins off amazon and they work fine. One for by the smokers, one for kitchen use. The thermoworks is way faster, but if I wasn't given the Thermapen as a gift I'd never buy one. Can't justify the price tag. it is nicer, but not that much nicer.

smoke ninja
10-10-2018, 12:16 PM
Ya i struggle with the $100 price tag. Maybe I need my own thread for best insta-read under $50 :lol:

thermaworks dot or the javelin pro

edit: the dot is the leave in probe. I meant the thermapop

I like the speed of my thermapen, but I utterly dislike it not turning on every time I flip it open. Limited time warranty on it so now I just deal with the annoying inconvenience.

I believe their service cost is under $25 no matter what is wrong with it.

dadsr4
10-10-2018, 12:37 PM
Ya i struggle with the $100 price tag. Maybe I need my own thread for best insta-read under $50 :lol:

ThermoPop $34.00

W.I.T.W.A.G?
10-10-2018, 12:42 PM
Welcome to the club! I felt the same way after I finally pulled the trigger on mine. Now its a go to tool and my wife even uses it.
If you dont like the price tag go with the Thermoworks Pop model ($30). It's smaller and not as fast BUT it's backed by Thermoworks and THAT is worth alot IMHO

dgaddis1
10-10-2018, 01:01 PM
I've got a MK4, and it's great.

I like:
The display automatically rotates so it's right side up when you read it, regardless of how you're holding it.
It's fast.
The automatic backlight is GREAT, I do a lot grilling in low-light situations after dark, and the backlight is probably my favorite thing about it.

qnbiker
10-10-2018, 04:24 PM
The backlight is why I bought the MK4 instead of the Classic.

WeberWho
10-10-2018, 07:00 PM
Ya i struggle with the $100 price tag. Maybe I need my own thread for best insta-read under $50 :lol:

Javelin Pro Duo. Back lit and just as fast if not faster than my Thermapen. The website Massdrop has the Javelin Pro Duo on sale right now for $32.99. Legit site. Yes you have to sign up for it. I've bought two of them in the past. No I'm not sponsored or paid from the website. They've sold over 5,000 of them. Easily the best thermometer for the price.

Happy Hapgood
10-10-2018, 07:11 PM
Themapen changed my world. All grilling and smoking aspects improved. I had the original for years then got the MK4. I'm left handed so the rotating display along with the sleep mode when not in use and the backlight. The Wife has a ThermaPop which she loves. Both are great for checking probe tender on brisket packers too.

Stlsportster
10-10-2018, 07:23 PM
ThermoPop $34.00

This....still a great product. Iíve had mine for 2 years. Same battery. Buy 2. They go on sale all the time for under 30.

pjtexas1
10-10-2018, 07:25 PM
Themapen changed my world. All grilling and smoking aspects improved. I had the original for years then got the MK4. I'm left handed so the rotating display along with the sleep mode when not in use and the backlight. The Wife has a ThermaPop which she loves. Both are great for checking probe tender on brisket packers too.I have the same setup. I use all of them. The wife only uses the pop.

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ironmanerik
10-10-2018, 07:26 PM
For the price conscious, thermoworks rt-600c, almost as fast fraction of the price

BigThicket
10-11-2018, 10:06 AM
Javelin Pro Duo. Back lit and just as fast if not faster than my Thermapen. The website Massdrop has the Javelin Pro Duo on sale right now for $32.99. Legit site. Yes you have to sign up for it. I've bought two of them in the past. No I'm not sponsored or paid from the website. They've sold over 5,000 of them. Easily the best thermometer for the price.

Thanks for the tip! I just ordered one to try out.

Stlsportster
10-11-2018, 10:24 AM
MK4 on sale in certain colors - 20% off!

http://campaign.thermoworks.com/2018_10_11_fall_color_thermapen_sale_cons.html?utm _source=Nl-2018Oct11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=vib_link&utm_content=inbox&utm_campaign=Oct2018-Autumn-Mk4-Sale-cs

70monte
10-11-2018, 02:53 PM
thermaworks dot or the javelin pro

edit: the dot is the leave in probe. I meant the thermapop



I believe their service cost is under $25 no matter what is wrong with it.

It's $30. I just had my classic fixed and this is what they charged me. I also have the MK4 which is also very nice.

Czarbecue
10-11-2018, 03:22 PM
My Thermapen whisper some smokey sexy stuff when Iím probing. It has earned its spot in my bag of tools.

qnbiker
10-11-2018, 03:35 PM
MK4 on sale in certain colors - 20% off!

http://campaign.thermoworks.com/2018_10_11_fall_color_thermapen_sale_cons.html?utm _source=Nl-2018Oct11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=vib_link&utm_content=inbox&utm_campaign=Oct2018-Autumn-Mk4-Sale-csYeah, NOW I see it. It's OK that I missed the sale because I LOVE my WHITE (can't see the white font) Thermapen. It's worth the extra $20.

JDM46
10-11-2018, 03:57 PM
That Thermapen injects some secret something or other into the meat every time you use it. But taste depends on the which color you use. Better get several in different colors and taste the difference.
Totally agree with the different colors and taste. My old Camo Thermopen has a taste that is hard to describe or see:grin:

Happy Hapgood
10-11-2018, 06:17 PM
MK4 on sale in certain colors - 20% off!

http://campaign.thermoworks.com/2018_10_11_fall_color_thermapen_sale_cons.html?utm _source=Nl-2018Oct11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=vib_link&utm_content=inbox&utm_campaign=Oct2018-Autumn-Mk4-Sale-cs


Yeah but the Purple one is the fastest.

Stlsportster
10-11-2018, 06:54 PM
Yeah but the Purple one is the fastest.

I thought the red was the fastest.

Is that purple one fast enough to measure how hot Florida was against LSU?

Smoke & Bark Barbecue
10-11-2018, 06:59 PM
Javelin Pro Duo. Back lit and just as fast if not faster than my Thermapen. The website Massdrop has the Javelin Pro Duo on sale right now for $32.99. Legit site. Yes you have to sign up for it. I've bought two of them in the past. No I'm not sponsored or paid from the website. They've sold over 5,000 of them. Easily the best thermometer for the price.

Ordered the Javelin Pro last night. I rarely rely on temp alone when cooking, but thought Id try one just for sh**s and giggles. Itll be here Saturday, along with the old style ice cream maker I bought.

Happy Hapgood
10-11-2018, 07:00 PM
I thought the red was the fastest.

Is that purple one fast enough to measure how hot Florida was against LSU?


GA Bulldogs have a red one too. We'll see this Saturday. :laugh:

Smoke & Bark Barbecue
10-11-2018, 07:01 PM
For the price conscious, thermoworks rt-600c, almost as fast fraction of the price

Ive been using this one for the past 3yrs. Works perfectly and is much more handy (to me) since it isn't so big like the Thermapen.

mikemci
10-11-2018, 07:24 PM
You didn't even mention that fine jelly bean you got!?!
Congrats on getting a fine tool. :thumb:

pharp
10-11-2018, 09:37 PM
Direct Amazon link?

Building my Christmas list and looking at this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Thermometer-Cooking-BACKLIGHT-WATERPROOF-Temperature/dp/B00S93EQUK?keywords=thermapen&qid=1539184444&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011%2Cp_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&sr=8-7&ref=sr_1_7

The thermapen will need to come directly from them if you don't have a store that has them locally.

Hoss
10-11-2018, 09:43 PM
You made a purchase that you will not regret.I use mine as much inside as outside. Bread,cakes,pies,baked potatoes,etc.,etc.

dadsr4
10-12-2018, 08:57 AM
Since it keeps coming up, from the website.
"Warning regarding ThermoWorks products at Amazon, eBay and other sites Less

The lowest internet prices for ThermoWorks products are available at thermoworks.com and through special offers received by subscribers to ThermoWorks emails.

Amazon, eBay, walmart.com, sears.com and their sellers are NOT Authorized Dealers. There are unscrupulous sellers at those sites who have purchased ThermoWorks products at retail prices and are then re-selling them at significantly elevated prices, sometimes 2 to 4 times the Authorized List Price. After receiving numerous complaints from customers who were victimized by those listings, we felt it was important to do what we could to warn unsuspecting consumers.

Furthermore, we have received a growing number of complaints that such sellers are offering counterfeit, copycat, stolen units, and "Open-Box" units as authentic NEW ThermoWorks products. Thus, from January 1st of 2016, technical support and warranty coverage are only available on ThermoWorks products that are purchased direct from ThermoWorks or from ThermoWorks' Authorized Dealers. In this way we know the consumer is fully protected and we can protect our reputation for treating customers fairly."

weave1499
10-12-2018, 12:30 PM
Thermoworks site is great. Ordered a classic thermapen way back, then over time have added A Dot, a smoke, then upgraded to MK4. The silicone pot holder/trivet things they just started selling recently are awesome. Ordered 2, then when they came to the house we immediately threw out all the old pot holders and ordered 4 more. Throw in the dishwasher, they don’t get all gross like the cloth ones. Highly recommend.

seakuv
10-12-2018, 02:16 PM
I just got 18 of the ThermoWorks silicone trivet/potholders - they're going to make great stocking stuffers at Christmas.

charrederhead
10-12-2018, 04:03 PM
ThermoPop $34.00


$34 now?! Mine was $19 on sale a few years ago.

Stlsportster
10-12-2018, 04:27 PM
$34 now?! Mine was $19 on sale a few years ago.

YEAH....and I used to pay 5.99/lb for whole beef tenderloin...and a quarter for a movie...

HouseDoc
10-12-2018, 04:34 PM
Just wait on a Thermoworks sale. Never pay full price.
Sales all the time, just sign up for annoying daily email "with a chance to win a Thermapen". Hell I deleted my subscription after a few years of being a looser on the prize. Email hell not worth the tease after you have seen all the recipes before.

charrederhead
10-12-2018, 05:06 PM
YEAH....and I used to pay 5.99/lb for whole beef tenderloin...and a quarter for a movie...


A quarter for a movie? When was that, exactly? :crazy:

NKSmoke
10-12-2018, 06:38 PM
I bought the ChefAlarm after two failed thermometers in three years. That was about 5 years ago and it's still going strong. Since then I added the Smoke and now the Thermapen Mk4. Yes it was a little spendy but I have never regretted it once!

I was over at my brother-in-laws house the other day cooking chicken and tried to use his "Cabela's special" probe thermometer.....it was like watching paint dry trying to get a reading out of the thing.

Decoy205
10-13-2018, 09:42 AM
I love my thermopen!! I use it all the time. 80 bucks was worth it if you devide by how much itís used.

Tannhauser42
10-13-2018, 01:26 PM
Even with the sale price, the Mk4 is still a bit too rich for my blood.
But, I did just buy the ProNeedle pocket thermometer they sell thanks to this thread.