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OT: The other uses for a Thermapen

jlsmjlsm Posts: 848
Saw the Maverick vs. Thermapen thread and wondered about all the other purposes you all use it. Today I used it to measure the temperature of the soil outside. Can't plant certain bulbs until the soil reaches 50*; it was 46* today. I also use it almost daily when I froth milk for latte; frothed milk should be 150*.  
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  • ptmurphyptmurphy Posts: 42
    I've used it to test the air temp coming out of the vents to make sure the AC is cooling to the right temp.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,582
    I use it to make french press coffee (water should be about 190).  Also when I am reheating pulled pork in foodsaver bags (keep water 170-180).  My wife uses it all the time now when she cooks on that big clock in the kitchen.  


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,422
    I am so sorry that VI is allowed a computer. You would think that incident with the children would have stopped it.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    I use it to tell my kid that pool temp of 76 is too cold.
    Dunedin, FL
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  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    I use it for my French Press and it gets used all the time when I'm home brewing beer.  Mmmm.....beer....

    My brother has used his to test the temperature of the mayo in his fridge because they were concerned the fridge wasn't cooling correctly, which it wasn't.

    LBGE with a massive wish list
    Athens, Ga.
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Mickey said:
    I am so sorry that VI is allowed a computer. You would think that incident with the children would have stopped it.
    That wasn't me.  It was somebody that looks like me.  
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    +1 on coffee and frothed milk.
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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    The Mrs uses it for baking. 
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Pam uses it for making pralines.  They have a very small tolerance for temperature variation.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,300

    I use mine for testing the loop temperatures in my geothermal system.  The loop has needle valves for temp & pressure checks/adjustments--the Thermapen is perfect fit!

    I've also used it to test the coolant temps in my DeLorean to ensure the thermostat is opening and the cooling fans are kicking in at the right temps.

    I use my infrared one most other things, but those two jobs need the pen.

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,321

    I often use it to show friends on egghead furums how dammit cold it is here

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    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,077
    Mickey uses his for a rectal thermometer.  He always does that right before he cooks to make sure he's feeling OK.
    And on another thread on cleaning the thermapen between uses, Mickey indicated he just wipes the probe on his shorts......

    Other than SWMBO's hang on the side of the pot candy/oil thermometer, the Thermapen has replaced all our thermometer, except for the biological ones. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298

    I use mine for testing the loop temperatures in my geothermal system.  The loop has needle valves for temp & pressure checks/adjustments--the Thermapen is perfect fit!

    I've also used it to test the coolant temps in my DeLorean to ensure the thermostat is opening and the cooling fans are kicking in at the right temps.

    I use my infrared one most other things, but those two jobs need the pen.

    @stlcharcoal

    Doc, do you still use Miller in the flux capacitor? I would save the craft brews for myself.
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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 684
    edited April 2013
    @Little_Steven, how do you get the Thermapen to display tenths? I got a Thermapen a month ago and I get no decimal point. Just curious.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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  • GQuiz said:
    @Little_Steven, how do you get the Thermapen to display tenths? I got a Thermapen a month ago and I get no decimal point. Just curious.

    http://www.thermoworks.com/blog/2010/10/customizing-your-thermapen/
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,321
    EvansEgger Thanks for that. And just so everybody knows Photobucket is compacting my pics sideways so I didn't orter a special "Little Steven" short-ass thermapen

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,077
    @GQuiz - under the battery cap, 4 switches,
    1. Degrees F or C.
    2. Allows tenths or whole numbers
    3.Disable auto off, if you leave it open (on) after 10 minutes it will auto off.
    4. Trim, allows you to adjust (recalibrate) never used. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,422
    @LittleSteven ; How do I get mine to go back to day-light-savings-time. Having it off by an hour is a PIA..........
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,422
    Mickey uses his for a rectal thermometer.  He always does that right before he cooks to make sure he's feeling OK.
    And on another thread on cleaning the thermapen between uses, Mickey indicated he just wipes the probe on his shorts......

    Other than SWMBO's hang on the side of the pot candy/oil thermometer, the Thermapen has replaced all our thermometer, except for the biological ones. 
    You are watching me way to close. I am having papers drawn up now.
    :-B
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 684
    @GQuiz - under the battery cap, 4 switches,
    1. Degrees F or C.
    2. Allows tenths or whole numbers
    3.Disable auto off, if you leave it open (on) after 10 minutes it will auto off.
    4. Trim, allows you to adjust (recalibrate) never used. 

    Thanks. I honestly thought it didn't display the decimal because it was a newer model.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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  • EvansEgger Thanks for that. And just so everybody knows Photobucket is compacting my pics sideways so I didn't orter a special "Little Steven" short-ass thermapen

    No problem. Got to love Google.
    Go Hogs Go
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,300
    edited April 2013
    GQuiz said:

    Thanks. I honestly thought it didn't display the decimal because it was a newer model.

    Or if you had an older model.......mine is the old "boxy" style one (5-6 y/o Original Superfast Thermopen).  It doesn't have the dip switches like the new ones.

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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    I love my egg !!!  But when it gets down to needing to know ten's of a degree, i' afraid i'm out of here!! :((
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    +1 Charlie.  I'm outta here too.  If I pull my steak at 140.2° instead of 140.1° and it sucks, then I'm going back to TV dinners.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,524
    I check temps in my hotub. Just to make sure the tub's thermo is right.

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    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I've stuck mine out the cracked open back door to see how cold it was.I don't think I'd use it for soil temps, or rectal temps either
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    Cheesecakes
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,280
    Only thing I do unconventional is use it to do is check water for my beta tank when I change it. Just I make sure it's at equilibrium.
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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 4,658
    1. milk temp for yogurt making
    2. water temp before adding to aquarium
    3. keeping inexpensive remote therms 'honest' when not using my stoker
    4. oil temp when frying in wok
    5. confirming food stays safe (at least 140F) in my Thermos Pot 7+ hours easily. 
    canuckland
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