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  • Hand-held laser thermometers...

    Hi everyone

    I bought one of these a while back, and while I'm not in a position to use it in the wfo as yet (still curing), I hav messed about with it in the kitchen.

    Well, it seems very easy to exceed what it can read - even just pointing it into the open (electric) oven.

    Indeed, when I did point it at one of my curing fires in the wfo, it went into 'E' mode - ie too hot for it to register.

    So, do these things with different capacities they can read? Does a wfo demand the highest rated laser themometer out there?

    Cheers

    P de D

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    Re: Hand-held laser thermometers...

    Hi Puy de Dome,
    I have a similar one but it has a range up to 500˚C which is the top end for cooking pizzas.
    When the whole inside of my oven is white, I know that it is ready to cook and I check both the hearth and dome temperatures. Usually, the hearth is 20-30˚C lower but can read as 'Hi' meaning that it is over 500˚C
    If I point it at the flame or the red coals, it will always read Hi so I only read the bricks.

    Neill
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      Re: Hand-held laser thermometers...

      Hi Neill, just re-discovered this thread... I did indeed buy a higher-end one and it is far far better for my purposes.

      I was able to read up to around the 500 c mark (900f) without the reading going awol and syaing, 'Hi'.

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      • #4
        Re: Hand-held laser thermometers...

        I always wondered if these things read a different temp if pointed at the white brick surface vs black. I don't know if there is an appreciable difference in emmisivity but makes me wonder...

        Christo
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