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thermapen vs. instant read thermo

I have seen many people rave about the thermapens. I have a $20 CDN instant read thermometer that works great from my experience. What are the benefits to the thermapen?

Thanks,

Chris
Birmingham, AL
XL, Small, and Mini BGEs
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    My Thermapen is a very "slow" instant read.  It will go up 20 degrees, like 2/10 at a time.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 5,389
    Basically it is just faster.  It will give you a pretty accurate reading in around 2 seconds.  The cheapo ($10-$12 grocery store models) take well over 10 seconds to give you an accurate reading.  If you found one you are happy with for $20 then it may not be worth the extra $$ to upgrade. 


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  • I have had many thermos over the years, and I was quite happy with my Taylors until I got a  Thermapen.

    It's much faster....which is nice when you have the dome up on the egg and don't want it to:

    1 - Cool off cause you're cooking hot...or:
    2 - Add a bunch of air to a low fire, causing the egg to heat up.

    The Thermapen is also  more accurate....and the larger display is easier to read.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,695
    WRT the thermopen-I changed my display to *F when I got it-I can't imagine being concerned by 1/10*F (or *C) for that matter.  Just a slower pace of life...or slower reaction time or .....
    Louisville
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  • I'm in same situation Bama
    Boom
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,419
    Thermopen be accurate.  NIST traceable calibration.
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,827
    I'm not familiar with the "CDN", but I do/did have four other "instant-read" thermo's that didn't work well at all; the Thermapen also has a much thinner probe which doesn't release as much juice once withdrawn.
    But, it's expensive.  If you're happy with your CDN stick with it!  
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  • BigGreenBamaGrillerBigGreenBamaGriller Posts: 496
    edited December 2012
    I appreciate the input guys. I do like the idea of the probe being smaller as you say Botch. Why does every dang thing that we use with these Eggs have to be so expensive?

    BTW, just ordered a BBQ Guru. Merry Christmas to me!!
    Birmingham, AL
    XL, Small, and Mini BGEs
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  • Yah, I think I might pick up a cheaper hobby. Like collecting rocks or something. 

    Not nice rocks, but rather gravel and stuff...
    Birmingham, AL
    XL, Small, and Mini BGEs
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  • Then you'll think, "Man, that gravel would look real cool in a gold plated gravel bin!" 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,419
    Ya can't take it with you....
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • doubledouble Posts: 1,214
    Then you need a nice truck to haul the gravel... It's all just a slippery slope...
    Lynnwood WA
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  • Y'all are funny
    Boom
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  • q2-450 CDN is about $20 and is great, it reads in about 4-5 seconds. The tip is almost as small as the Thermapen. The 450 is even faster than the $80 CDN Thermocouple "Thermapen" wanna be, I ordered one and returned it. 

    My son has a 450 so I have had first hand experience. With a steak down on the low grid searing away, every second counts. He eyes my Thermapen every time he is over, I have to pat him down before he leaves. 
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  • When I used to drive a real heap and visit my folks, my Dad would "pat me down" for tools. He ended up buying me tools and then said to leave his alone or else. Ahhh, the threats, good times!

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,419
    I used to drive my dad nuts - I used his tools more than he did.  He had a peg-board, of course, and I didn't always put them back.  I hate peg-boards....
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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