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Well it's not a Thermapen

XLBalcoXLBalco Posts: 575
edited June 2012 in Off Topic

so we'll see how it does.

just got it today and put it in boiling water and it took about 4 seconds to come to temp.

we'll see how it does in meat when i fire up the egg this weekend

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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    I love my thermapen (even without flames), but would like to hear how this one does. 
    How much was this? 
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • lkgmadmaxlkgmadmax Posts: 21
    Amazon has them for 28.95 + 7.67 shipping =  36.52 Total

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  • XLBalcoXLBalco Posts: 575

    yes.. bout 29 bucks plus shipping.

     

    i'll keep you posted once i start some cooks!

     

     

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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I may pick one up, price is right and reviews on sites are good. I can wait an extra second or two. :) Thanks for posting.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • XLBalcoXLBalco Posts: 575

    yea.. i am not sure that the thermapen is instant instant...

    figured if this one bombs, i'll ty that next

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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    Please do post how you like it.   

    Cookin in Texas
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Found it on the Bay for $30 and change with free shipping.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • ccpoulin1ccpoulin1 Posts: 389
    when i bought my thermopen, i also bought a rt304 for $19.00.  It takes about 3 seconds longer to stabilize than the thermopen.  Ironically, once stablized, they read exactly the same temps in ice water, and at boiling!  Kind of impressed with both, but the thermapen still rules

    "You are who you are when nobody is looking"

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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    edited June 2012
    Bought this Taylor at Lowes last week for $17.99 and tested in boiling water. 212 dead on.  Not thermopen quick but it's quick. Price can't be beat. http://www.lowes.com/pd_23809-13471-81617_5003697__?productId=3335478&Ntt=taylor+thermometer&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dtaylor%2Bthermometer&facetInfo=$15%20-%20$25
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,758
    Bought this Taylor at Lowes last week for $17.99 and tested in boiling water. 212 dead on.  Not thermopen quick but it's quick. Price can't be beat. http://www.lowes.com/pd_23809-13471-81617_5003697__?productId=3335478&Ntt=taylor+thermometer&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dtaylor%2Bthermometer&facetInfo=$15%20-%20$25
    That thing looks pretty nice for $18 bucks, and it has flames on it!
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • If you don't want to splurge on a thermapen,  Thermoworks, sells the RT600C for $19.  I used one for a year before I bought a thermapen and it is an excellent thermometer for the price.  I think it's an awesome value for the $.
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Bought this Taylor at Lowes last week for $17.99 and tested in boiling water. 212 dead on.  Not thermopen quick but it's quick. Price can't be beat. http://www.lowes.com/pd_23809-13471-81617_5003697__?productId=3335478&Ntt=taylor+thermometer&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dtaylor%2Bthermometer&facetInfo=$15%20-%20$25


    That thing looks pretty nice for $18 bucks, and it has flames on it!

    :)) too funny. It also has LED's that light within 30 degrees. Blue is under temp, green is at, and red is over. I suppose they are there if you can't read :) Also has a nice blue backlight. Great for the price. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • XLBalcoXLBalco Posts: 575
    i did use it this past weekend on some salmon i made and i never checked the temp of salmon before.  worked fine and came to temp quickly.  i will use it this weekend when i make filets and that will be a better metric imo.
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  • EggbertsdadEggbertsdad Posts: 794
    The Thermapen is a little out of my budget, but I'm very interested in the Cooper and Taylor. XL & others keep us posted.

    Thanks!
    Sarasota, FL via Boynton Beach, FL, via Sarasota, FL, via Charleston, SC, via The Outer Banks, via God's Country (East TN on Ft. Loudon Lake)
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    The Thermapen is a little out of my budget, but I'm very interested in the Cooper and Taylor. XL & others keep us posted.

    Thanks!
    I used it over the weekend on Ribs, pork chops, burgers and then did the boiling water test.  Very pleased for the $18 I spent. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • EggbertsdadEggbertsdad Posts: 794
    For $18...I'm thinking that's the way to go.
    Sarasota, FL via Boynton Beach, FL, via Sarasota, FL, via Charleston, SC, via The Outer Banks, via God's Country (East TN on Ft. Loudon Lake)
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    I think my buddy I talked into buying an XL (and loves it!) is picking one up as well.  If it craps out on me, it's only $18.  It seems to be pretty well built and has a rubbery grip. Not dishwasher safe though but no biggie.  I just wipe down the probe and put it away.  
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • killbornkillborn Posts: 37
    Just picked one up at Lowes, yet to try it, but for the price it is worth the risk.

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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Just picked one up at Lowes, yet to try it, but for the price it is worth the risk.

    My thoughts exactly.  It's pretty good for the price. 
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • BBQBeermanBBQBeerman Posts: 62
    I bought the Taylor a couple months ago I have used it on chicken and Boston butts it works great.
    Life is short,love what you do or do something else
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,386
    picked this up at lowes today tested it in boiling water only off by 2 tenths of a degree not bad for 17.98 by far not a thermopen but it does have flames . 
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
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  • picked this up at lowes today tested it in boiling water only off by 2 tenths of a degree not bad for 17.98 by far not a thermopen but it does have flames . 
    The flames are what makes it work.

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  • hoffmandhoffmand Posts: 104
    Thermapen website has some speed tests of various thermometers.  I won't spoil the ending by telling you who wins ...  :D

    Cedar Park, TX
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,386
    Thermapen website has some speed tests of various thermometers.  I won't spoil the ending by telling you who wins ...  :D

    no shock there lol but i got flames for 80.00 less . 
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    Thermapen website has some speed tests of various thermometers.  I won't spoil the ending by telling you who wins ...  :D

    I wouldn't say you are wining by spending an additional $80. :))
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,989
    I am on my phone, but give me a minute for a link. America's Test Kitchen did an independent testing of several instant thermometers. Thermapen was the best, but the second best only run for $20.
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,989
    This one is recommended at $17.

    CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer

    Although this bulb-shaped thermometer felt awkward and cheaply
    made, and testers found it was too easy to hit the small buttons
    accidentally while gripping the head, it received top marks for speed,
    accuracy, and temperature range. An automatic shutoff preserved battery
    life.


    They also recommend this one that runs for $25:


    ThermoWorks Super-Fast Waterproof Pocket Thermometer

    An extra-thin probe that allowed for easy temperature checks,
    even inserted horizontally into chicken breasts, and relatively fast
    readout times put this model at the top of the rankings. We also liked
    the location of the readout screen at the side of the wand (as opposed
    to the end) and the simplicity of its controls. Its few drawbacks are a
    low maximum temperature, the fact that it can’t be calibrated (reset
    when accuracy seems off), and its lack of an automatic shutoff.



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  • XLBalcoXLBalco Posts: 575
     used mine this weekend on the filets and flank steak i made.  definitely a keeper.  registered the internal temp within 5 secs or so.  so far so good for 29 bucks!
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  • Rick1Rick1 Posts: 77
    I recently got the Thermoworks RT600C pocket thermometer. Reads in 6 seconds or less and fit my budget much better than their Thermopen. Seems to work well.

    I found it here http://www.amazingribs.com/BBQ_buyers_guide/index.html
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  • JBUG99999JBUG99999 Posts: 263
    Bought two of the cheapo ones from Lowe's, a little nicer one, and then bought a thermopen because the others crapped out in no time.
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