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Old 12-06-2019, 08:34 AM   #16
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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, 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.

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Old 12-06-2019, 08:38 AM   #17
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:02 PM   #18
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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.
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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.
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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
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Old 12-07-2019, 12:38 PM   #21
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Today it shows $58.99
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:29 AM   #24
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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.
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I sent a PM to Ken early this morning stating the code did not work and the price went up.
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Old 12-10-2019, 04:54 AM   #26
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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
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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.
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