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Old 01-05-2009, 06:20 PM
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Which brand of instant read thermometer is everyone using? And do you like it?

I have a very basic model, which seems to take forever to creep up to the final internal bread temperature.

Have a good lead for me?
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:24 PM
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Santa got me "The Original Super-Fast Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer" by Thermoworks. It really is lightning fast.

I haven't tried it with bread but it instantly told me I overcooked our Christmas turkey
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:28 PM
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James, after using the Thermopen for checking bread dough and loaf temperatures (while learning to make various breads at CJ's last Spring) we bought one too. Relatively expensive but the response times are very good.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:09 AM
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Mine is like yours James. A cheapie from ebay but better than nothing.
I am envious of the Thermopen and have one listed on my 'must get list' but in due course.

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Old 01-06-2009, 05:49 AM
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I had the slow ebay type also and just got the Thermopen. What a difference!
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:56 PM
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Has anyone tried a wireless digital thermometer for meat?
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:18 PM
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I got the one from Harbor Freight a few weeks ago. I don't have a usable oven yet, so I can't report too much. It has a laser which you can disable (saves the battery of course). One annoying thing is it doesn't give the option of disabling the beep when you release the trigger. It gives constant live feedback while the trigger is down (not just one reading at the time you pull the trigger), but as soon as you release the trigger is beeps (and then shows the last recorded temperature somewhat indefinitely). I find the beep annoying and unnecessary.

One other thing is I have no calibration. For all I know it's perfect to within a tenth of a degree...or it's off by ten degrees. I just don't know.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:48 AM
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Has anyone tried a wireless digital thermometer for meat?
I have a Maverick digital wireless unit I use for smoking meat. While pretty accurate during long smokes the remote wireless unit can lose signal and give a false reading if taken indoors behind walls.
A lot of folks in the BBQ/smoking community use wireless units and this brand is very popular among the users.
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Got an email today that the Thermapen is on sale for $74...Not cheap but very excellent...

ThermoWorks - Home of the Original Super-Fast Thermapen!
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:18 PM
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In response to kebwi, it's probably not spot on to a tenth of a degree. All of the IR thermometers give a +/- range. Besides, is it going to matter that much if your oven is at 900 or if it is at 910? Probably not. I use the ATD 701 IR thermometer. Picked it up for about $60. No complaints.
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