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Do ya really "need" a Thermapen?

NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
edited March 2014 in EggHead Forum
Thanks!!! @"The Cen-Tex Smoker"‌ @cazzy@"Little Steven"‌ @henapple@coffeeguydenton@Skiddymarker@RRP@SmokeyPitt@Chris_Wang@Mike_the_BBQ_Fanatic@DMW‌ ....
Yes I DO! After having to break out my Fluke meter with food probe on my last brisket (because out of 4 thermometers I could trust 0 of them). That $h!t won't happen again. SWMBO ordered me the red backlit Thermapen. Really wanted to find the Husker one that one of our forum members has but, I'm happy with the red backlit. More than anything though I'm happy to get something of quality I can trust. With my work I purchase the highest quality tools and test instruments because I believe strongly in not guessing if my diagnosis is half assed. Now I regret buying these other 4 cheap pos thermometers. Do yourself a favor and skip all the BS and get the Thermapen.
LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
Middleburg, FL
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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 682
    Agree 100%. But just so you know, that's Badger Red, not Husker red.
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    edited March 2014
    @Spaightlabs‌... Badgers =)) I am so already ready for college football to start. Damnit man it seems so far away. Wisconsin is always competitive in the BIG.
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • pigoutscpigoutsc Posts: 88
    I thought the same thing but use it all the time since I broke down and purchased one. You wont be sorry if you get it.

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  • LowflyerLowflyer Posts: 752
    Yes
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,301
    I love mine. Love it. I use it for everything but scooping ice cream.
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  • HolepuncherHolepuncher Posts: 263
    I do.
    Hendersonville, TN.
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    @Eggcelsior‌...funny you should say ice cream. For my occupation I do HVAC/R, foodservice equipment both hot & cold + we are the ElectroFreeze guys. So I'll be using it to temp ice cream and other food product while at work as well. It will free my meter up for other tasks.
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • grege345grege345 Posts: 3,392
    I bought the big green egg knock off. Before I knew better. It was like 80$ I think. What a huge piece of crp!!!! For a few dollars more I could've had the holy grail of thermos. Whatever you do people never buy THIS!!!! image
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    LBGE& SBGE———————————————•———————– Pennsylvania / poconos
    <BR> vote now for surf and turf throwdown!!!!
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,386
    Assuming they still do it, you can get half red half white (or any two of their stock colors). You have to settle for refurbished units, assuming they are available. 'Bout half price last I heard from Amber at Thermoworks.  


    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,822
    I own two. Use them every day. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 6,843
    You'll wonder how you did without it.
    My Facebook Place where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA
    XL BGE - S BGE - Blackstone Pizza Oven - 30" Steel Fire Pit w/Cooking Grid - Hasty Bake Legacy - KJ Jr - Gasser
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    @"Carolina Q"‌ already ordered and tracking that bad boy! Hell ya!!! Excited to get it! :-)
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    @DMW‌. Already wondering why I didn't do it the day I got my egg! Lol
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,386
    @"Carolina Q"‌ already ordered and tracking that bad boy! Hell ya!!! Excited to get it! :-)
    Yeah, I figured. Thought others might be interested anyway. Wish I had known about the $52 (at the time) refurbs when I bought mine. Regardless of the color combos.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,438

    I own two. Use them every day. 

    For what? :-?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    @"Carolina Q"‌ that's a hellava good deal.
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 977

    its one of the best utensils in the kitchen


    XL   Walled Lake, MI

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  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 515
    grege345 said:
    I bought the big green egg knock off. Before I knew better. It was like 80$ I think. What a huge piece of crp!!!! For a few dollars more I could've had the holy grail of thermos. Whatever you do people never buy THIS!!!! image
    I have this one, seems to work great for me.
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010)
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  • I didn't buy one right away either...but it is a game changer.
    Making the neighbors jealous in Pleasant Hill, Ia one cook at a time...
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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    The only other product I've heard people say works well (for a less expensive alternative) is ... Thermopop by ThermoWorks
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,438
    Bge should throw in a thermapen.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,611
    I didn't buy one right away either...but it is a game changer.
    Mike - yours is another great testimonial! If people would just learn to cook to internal temperature instead of to time they will be SO MUCH more happy with their egging results! That way if your egg's dome thermometer is hotter or colder then you can say  "so what?"!  

    Just ruin $50 worth of steaks and then a $90 Thermapen sounds pretty CHEAP! BTW I also own 2 of them and my 13 year old one is still operating on the same battery!!!
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 9,696

    After investing a thousand or more dollars in an Egg, another hundred dollars should be easy considering that it pays for itself in many ways.

    Spring "I Can't Wait Five Seconds To See If It's Hot When I Can Know Exactly How Hot In Two Seconds" Chicken

    Spring Texas USA



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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,758

    Grillin, BBQ'n, indoor cookin', beer making, takes my temp when I'm sick --> what doesn't the themopen dominate at?
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    @RRP‌ ...thanks for not saying I told ya so NPHuskerFL :-). But, to be fair countless eggheads (including yourself) said get it! Wish I would've pulled the trigger sooner. Fortunately I didn't ruin any of my cooks but, again I don't like second guessing on temp.
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 3,480
    I also bought the bge one first. It worked, but it took 10 seconds to give an accurate read. I love my thermapen, and my cooks have improved greatly.
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    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
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  • RRP said:



    I didn't buy one right away either...but it is a game changer.

    Mike - yours is another great testimonial! If people would just learn to cook to internal temperature instead of to time they will be SO MUCH more happy with their egging results! That way if your egg's dome thermometer is hotter or colder then you can say  "so what?"!  

    Just ruin $50 worth of steaks and then a $90 Thermapen sounds pretty CHEAP! BTW I also own 2 of them and my 13 year old one is still operating on the same battery!!!


    Agree Ron...I had a cheapo that I bought and only used a few times...otherwise I was using my maverick and cyberQ probes so i wasn't completely shooting in the dark...but I decided it was time when I found myself getting the remote thermo's out when it wasn't necessary.
    Making the neighbors jealous in Pleasant Hill, Ia one cook at a time...
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,280
    To answer

    Do ya really "need" a Thermapen?

    The answer is No.


    Anyone that says yes is a thermapenaphile

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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 10,963
    :-? And what are you using to check your i.t. @nolaegghead‌. I chose it because it has a reputation of proven quality and accuracy not because I'm a Thermapen groupie :-D
    LBGE 2012, Mini MAX 2014, SS Table and Stoker
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Middleburg, FL
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