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Aralle
12-04-2019, 01:28 AM
Hi everyone!
Today is the day when I've decided to buy a meat thermometer. All the time I've used a digital meat thermometer from ThermoPro https://www.amazon.co.uk/ThermoPro-Digital-Instant-Thermometer-Kitchen/dp/B07QR475CP. It worked well and, I think, displayed precise data. But I began to notice that sometimes he shows the wrong temperature. So I've decided to buy a new one. I know there are different types of thermometers, but now I'm interested in IR (infrared) thermometers. I've read some articles about them on popular (and not so) resources (https://grillguru.org/best-infrared-thermometer/), and I've seen many good reviews. For example, there is Fluke 62 MAX Plus which has +-1% accuracy, and that sounds great (but this model is not so cheap).
My questions: Who is using them and can share thoughts/opinions about them? Is it worth it to buy or is it better to buy a digital meat thermometer again (maybe from another brand)?
Thanks in advance!

ebijack
12-04-2019, 03:59 AM
I really like my Flute digital volt meters. I've had two of mine for over 30 yrs and they still works. Excellent products. I lost my first one years ago. Then found it a couple years later after buying a new one. I found it out side, still hooked to my AC unit. From years prior when working on my HVAC. Thru at least 2 full Michigan winters/summers.Laying on the ground. New battery and good to go.
You can by a $15 IR if you want one to check surface temps. I don't think I'd spend any extra $$ for a IR. Since you are only able to check surface temps.
You would want a digital thermometer so you can check internal temps.
Either one with probes and/or instant read like Thermapen, inkbird etc.
Here is a review of Inkbird https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4225404
I have a thermapen and XR50. Both are very good products.
https://www.amazon.com/Adrenaline-Barbecue-Company-Maverick-Thermometer/dp/B07FQR4328

mike243
12-04-2019, 05:15 AM
IMO a lazer therm is a waste of $ for BBQ, I have used 1 for years doing heat and air work, tried to use it doing refridge work and when a door is opened the temps change to fast to get a internal reading , I like the inkbird therms, have the 6x and the new rechargeable stick therm in orange tats water proof.

Sid Post
12-04-2019, 09:03 AM
IR surface temp won't help you much with a BBQ.

Try this: Thermoworks options (https://www.thermoworks.com/Thermapen-Mk4)

Ron_L
12-04-2019, 09:16 AM
IR surface temp won't help you much with a BBQ.

Agreed, but I do use mine for grilling with GrillGrates and for my Camp Chef Griddle regularly.


Try this: Thermoworks options (https://www.thermoworks.com/Thermapen-Mk4)

Also agreed :-D

I use my Thermapen all of the time!

If you want to look at a lower cost option I have heard good things about the instant read thermometer from Inkbird, but I haven't used one. Inkbird is a Brethren Ventures Member and they regularly off discounts to the Brethren.


https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=140

marubozo
12-04-2019, 10:27 AM
If you can afford it, a Thermapen. I have 4 of them between home and my restaurant for years now. They get used all day, every day, in harsh conditions (dropped in a vat of 350 degree grease, rain, snow, dropped, left outside in -20 degrees, stepped on, etc.) and not one has stopped working yet.

A bit of an investment, but it's something you will probably still be using 20 years from now.

I also love the form factor of those things. One lives in my back pocket at work or goes on the road with me.

robertm
12-04-2019, 12:08 PM
Can't go wrong with Thermopen. Will last a lifetime, accurate and super quick read. Thermopop is good too if you want lower cost option. Takes a second or two longer to read than the thermopen.

I believe both are backlit now and rotate display based on orientation. Those two features are very nice upgrades over original versions.

KevinInStL
12-04-2019, 01:09 PM
I agree with the others who said that the only thing in BBQ an IR thermometer would be good for is to measure the surface temp of a flat-top griddle.

I'm going to respectfully disagree with the others on the Thermapen though. The Thermapen is nice, and if you can afford it and think it's worth the money, then by all means go for it. It's your money...but it’s way overpriced for what it is IMO. A digital thermometer is probably one of the simplest electronic instruments there is. Even a very well made and reliable one has no business costing anywhere close $100 IMO. I have the Thermoworks 600C, which cost me something like $23 including shipping, has served me perfectly, and works just as well as the Thermapen. No it doesn’t have an auto-rotating display, and it doesn't fold. While they may sound nice, those are really unnecessary features if you ask me. Just my 2 cents.

The 600 series is IP67 waterproof though, meaning i can drop it in a pot of hot soapy water and let it soak for an hour (or even overnight) with no issues. I've had it for over 2.5 years, we use it all the time, still measures very accurate in boiling water and an icewater bath, and still haven't even had to change the battery. It is calibratable too should it ever need adjusting.

The 600C is now discontinued but the current versions of it are the 600D and the ProNeedle (https://www.thermoworks.com/Pocket-Digital), both of which are around $30.
EDIT: Looks like the current 600D and ProNeedle do have a 180* rotating display. https://www.thermoworks.com/proneedle click the "10 Questions / 59 Answers" link above the price to see a comparison between the Proneedle and the 600D, as well as a comparison between the ProNeedle and ThermoPop.

SmokyDick
12-04-2019, 01:19 PM
I'd get the javelin over the thermapen myself, but I personally use the 600c.

LloydQ
12-05-2019, 06:42 AM
My Javelin didn't even last a year.:cry:

ebijack
12-05-2019, 07:35 AM
Something to think about.
If you are only checking one or two pieces of meat. Then a 3 to 5 second temp gauge is fine.
If you are going to check 5 + steaks, or 20+ pieces of poultry. Or 8 loafs of bread etc etc.
Waiting 5 seconds for each reading can be the difference between success and failure.
I use my thermapop where the tool works fine for checking 2 birds, But my thermapen gets used for all larger cooks.
If you don't need/want the speed then don't pay the $$.
Thermapens go on sale quite a few times each year. I've bought a few for friends and family. Those folks have found them to be the best option for their situations. Where at first they poo poo'd em.
When doing large cooks where the local health dept. is required to verify proteins are fully cooked. Any digital thermometer that is slower than the Thermapen by 2 seconds really is a PIA.
Example, check/show/verify 40+ porkbutts are to temp. You might as well have 15 other thermometers to get the job done. As no food can be processed/served till temps are checked. Been there done that.

16Adams
12-05-2019, 07:41 AM
Start with Thermapen Super Fast, add as many others as you like after obtaining a Thermapen and branch out from there IMHOpinion

sudsandswine
12-05-2019, 07:44 AM
Losing one hunk of meat or having a cook go sideways could easily cover the cost of a quality thermometer. My go to for “true north” temp readings is my Thermapen. ebijack’s point about probing multiple things is a good one, maybe that won’t apply to you but I’ve had to temp 20+ chicken quarters before and I want my face in the cooker for as little time as possible.

Ayvatr
12-05-2019, 09:54 AM
Thermapen mark4 and itís worth the money.

DMotivate
12-05-2019, 10:20 AM
Thermapen is my pick. Have one at home and in the trailer. Even give them out as gifts to those who need extra help at the grill (father-in-law).

Sid Post
12-06-2019, 07:34 AM
I agree with the others who said that the only thing in BBQ an IR thermometer would be good for is to measure the surface temp of a flat-top griddle.

I'm going to respectfully disagree with the others on the Thermapen though. The Thermapen is nice, and if you can afford it and think it's worth the money, then by all means go for it. It's your money...but itís way overpriced for what it is IMO. A digital thermometer is probably one of the simplest electronic instruments there is. Even a very well made and reliable one has no business costing anywhere close $100 IMO. I have the Thermoworks 600C, which cost me something like $23 including shipping, has served me perfectly, and works just as well as the Thermapen. No it doesnít have an auto-rotating display, and it doesn't fold. While they may sound nice, those are really unnecessary features if you ask me. Just my 2 cents.

The 600 series is IP67 waterproof though, meaning i can drop it in a pot of hot soapy water and let it soak for an hour (or even overnight) with no issues. I've had it for over 2.5 years, we use it all the time, still measures very accurate in boiling water and an icewater bath, and still haven't even had to change the battery. It is calibratable too should it ever need adjusting.

The 600C is now discontinued but the current versions of it are the 600D and the ProNeedle (https://www.thermoworks.com/Pocket-Digital), both of which are around $30.
EDIT: Looks like the current 600D and ProNeedle do have a 180* rotating display. https://www.thermoworks.com/proneedle click the "10 Questions / 59 Answers" link above the price to see a comparison between the Proneedle and the 600D, as well as a comparison between the ProNeedle and ThermoPop.

I've used a '600' and many similar units and while they do tell the temperature relatively well, they are not terribly 'good' IMHO.

They are hard to read, for me at least. Many of them get my fingers too close to something hot which is especially uncomfortable with liquids and steam.

The more expensive Thermopens really are superior devices but, as noted, if you only care about reading the temperature from a really small display that may not rotate so you can read it (without being upside down/backwards), save some money, burn your fingers and, strain your eyes with a cheaper option.

Want to know how I really feel? :laugh:

SmokerKing
12-06-2019, 07:38 AM
Thermapen
Thermoworks Smoke

Win nut
12-06-2019, 10:02 PM
I am using a Thermopen, Thermopop and a Thermoworks TW8060 K type thermocouple. Honestly the Thermopop for $30 does 90% of what the thermopen does. I know they don't make the TW8060 anymore but it's a tank!! I use Omega thermocouples at work to calibrate RTDs and they are nearly identical in the quality.

KenInk
12-07-2019, 12:35 AM
recommend Inkbird 6 probes unit,Bluetooth,rechargeable,magnet,6 probes,and one year warranty.This month we are on 50% off sale.Only 29.74 get it.won't be disappointed.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R9RLR11?ref=myi_title_dp

SmokerKing
12-07-2019, 11:02 AM
recommend Inkbird 6 probes unit,Bluetooth,rechargeable,magnet,6 probes,and one year warranty.This month we are on 50% off sale.Only 29.74 get it.won't be disappointed.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R9RLR11?ref=myi_title_dp

link shows $42.49

Stingerhook
12-07-2019, 11:38 AM
link shows $42.49

Send a PM to get the code.

Happy Hapgood
12-08-2019, 01:08 AM
link shows $42.49


PM KenInk, he will send you a code.

ebijack
12-09-2019, 04:11 AM
link shows $42.49

Today it shows $58.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R9RLR11?ref=myi_title_dp

Goose52
12-09-2019, 06:29 AM
Put the inkbird in my amazon cart yesterday and sent a pm to ken. retrieved the code this morning and went to amazon. yikes! price went up $16 overnight. ken's 30% off code should make the new final price around $41 but error message says the code is invalid. i live in the boonies and do a lot of online shopping, particularly with amazon. gonna have to rethink that.
mark

ebijack
12-09-2019, 06:57 AM
I sent a PM to Ken early this morning stating the code did not work and the price went up.

ebijack
12-10-2019, 03:54 AM
Ken replied back. The lower shown price was a lighting deal. I did not notice.
But Ken has a new code. The price ends up $38.34
Thanks Ken!

JWFokker
12-11-2019, 09:46 AM
My javelin thermometer has been fine. My inkbird 4 probe monitor fell apart in just a few months, but their customer service is good and they sent me a newer model no questions asked.