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LarryR
12-26-2008, 09:20 PM
Santa brought me a thermapen for x-mas and I'm surprised with how big it is, it's huge! Like one of those old Motorola brick phones . . . did she buy me the wrong one? It's a #5.

Rick Kramer
12-27-2008, 02:30 AM
Not sure the number of mine but it's six inches closed and eleven inches opened. You're gonna love it!

Dale Perry
12-27-2008, 05:21 AM
They are great but the <span class="ev_code_RED">RED</span> one is thought to be the fastest.

Don S.
12-27-2008, 06:33 AM
Hey Larry,
I got one too and was a bit surprised by the size...also a #5, green. Already used it on two cooks and love it!

Tom Chips
12-27-2008, 07:27 AM
But the blue is more accurate http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Tom Chips
12-27-2008, 07:27 AM
We're all full of it.. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

LarryR
12-27-2008, 07:39 AM
Looks like I'm in good company here then; I was just surprised when I opened it, I was expecting something a little more compact. I'm doing a turkey today so it will be fun using it on this cook.

Tony C.
12-27-2008, 08:33 AM
i have the orange one and love it. it is big, but the numbers are so large you can read them in little to no light with no problems

Craig Castille
12-27-2008, 03:18 PM
But the red ones also have a reminder alarm and include a gps when traveling.

LarryR
12-27-2008, 03:48 PM
btw, mines red. mid Turkey cook right now, going to try her out in a few min.

Dave/G
12-27-2008, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by craig castille:
But the red ones also have a reminder alarm and include a gps when traveling.
I knew it. I knew I should have bought the red one.

Bill Hays
12-27-2008, 04:34 PM
Originally posted by LarryR:
Santa brought me a thermapen for x-mas and I'm surprised with how big it is, it's huge! Like one of those old Motorola brick phones . . . did she buy me the wrong one? It's a #5.
Naw, and you'll quickly get use to it and appreciate it's size (can't lose it!) I thought the same thing when I got my 1st. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Bill

Tom Chips
12-27-2008, 08:11 PM
My blue one made me lunch today. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Then it washed my car.

Ray Crick
12-28-2008, 04:14 AM
I bought a yellow one a few years ago, and after a cook one evening, I could not find it the next day. Looked all over for it for 2 weeks and decided to buy another one (got yellow this time).

Well the day after the yellow one arrived, I found the orange one in the pocket of the apron I wore the night I entertained. No problem, now I have one that I keep in my car so I can use it on vacations / trips when I happen to cook somewhere else.


BTW - so far I haven't noticed that one is better than the other! Ha! http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Ray

LarryR
12-28-2008, 08:14 AM
Used her last night on a turkey. Loved it! What a cool tool.

r benash
12-28-2008, 09:10 AM
Nice present. I'm always using mine these days, deep frying, baking, grilling, barbecue, checking temps in the fridge, all kinds of uses. It's a great product.

Tom Chips
12-28-2008, 06:58 PM
I actually contemplate tossing mine in my luggage when I travel, I use it so often.

Tony C.
12-29-2008, 03:05 PM
i tried pointing my orange one out the door towards the kettle tonight to check my chicken breasts, but i actually had to go out and probe them. i should have got the red one http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Bill Hays
12-29-2008, 03:24 PM
Originally posted by Tony C.:
i tried pointing my orange one out the door towards the kettle tonight to check my chicken breasts, but i actually had to go out and probe them. i should have got the red one i should have got the red one http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif
DON'T GET RED! THEY MELT!!! http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Bill

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Ray Crick
12-30-2008, 02:37 AM
Ouch Bill - what happened?

Ray

Bill Hays
12-30-2008, 09:49 AM
Originally posted by Ray Crick:
Ouch Bill - what happened?

Ray
This did.. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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This was my inaugural burn on my RK almost 2 years ago..

I contacted Thermoworks and they advised me that even though the unit is designed to measure temperature up to 572║F, the plastic handle isn't. Notice in the pics that the lid wasn't hot, just the air spewing from the top vent ~ That's the only place it melted. And, in looking at the EXIF data, this happened in 2 minutes at between 398 and 420║.

I should have known that plastic wouldn't hold up to that temperature but I figured it must be a composite of some sort to be able to withstand almost 600║. NOT! lol

In the end, they offered a discount on a replacement Thermapen or other product they offer so I opted for one of these at a pretty good price. http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Bill

Ray Crick
12-31-2008, 03:54 AM
Thanks for the explanation and pics Bill.

Ray

j biesinger
01-04-2009, 05:12 AM
Bill, Does that thing read surface temps? and with a probe?

Bill Hays
01-04-2009, 05:22 AM
Originally posted by j biesinger:
Bill, Does that thing read surface temps? and with a probe?
Yeah and the probe works just like any other meat probe. You can see more about it here (http://www.thermoworks.com/products/ir/irpro.html).

Bill

j biesinger
01-04-2009, 06:31 AM
Nice piece of kit Bill. Tell me you got the optional nylon holster.

+/- 1* c seems pretty big, I'd think it would be more accurate, given the reputation.

Bill Hays
01-04-2009, 07:36 AM
Naw, no holster. 35 bucks was just too much. I would have much preferred a better accuracy but adjustable emissivity was a necessity and of the other 2 (http://www.thermoworks.com/products/ir/index.html) that have it, the one with better accuracy didn't have a high enough IR range for me. The extreme range and the dual laser pretty much sold me on this model.

Bill

j biesinger
01-04-2009, 08:37 AM
still trying to figure out emissivity. sounds interesting, but what do use it for?

Man, that thermoworks site is nice. I think I'm going to be blowing my xmas cash on gear from there. The pen with plug in probes looks awesome.

Bill Hays
01-04-2009, 09:15 AM
Here's (http://www.thermoworks.com/products/ir/emis.html) their definition of emissivity, in case you didn't see it. And here's (http://www.raytek.com/Raytek/en-r0/IREducation/Emissivity.htm?trck=googleemissivity) a page with 2 charts of the different settings based on the surface you're reading. This unit uses the 8-14Ám frequency on those charts.

Basically, it's a measure of a materialĺs ability to emit infrared energy. Surface texture, reflectivity and color all play a part.

I've used it to determine how well our house is insulated by pointing it at different places on the outside walls to see differences. I also use it on my CI pans and griddle. And, how hot the brick around the fireplace gets. lol It's a fun toy. Expensive though..

Yeah, they have a lot of neat stuff there. I'm looking for a hygrometer, in fact, but I can find one that transmits to a remote for less than their single unit so I'll likely go with that.

HTH,

Bill

j biesinger
01-05-2009, 02:21 PM
I've used it to determine how well our house is insulated by pointing it at different places on the outside walls to see differences. I also use it on my CI pans and griddle. And, how hot the brick around the fireplace gets. lol It's a fun toy. Expensive though..

ok, I thought you had figured out some new technique using it on pork butts or something to achieve perfect bbq. or maybe you were using the thermal sensors and lasers to hunt mice in your basement without the lights on.

thermoworks is an incredible site. I can't make up my mind on what I should get. those usb data loggers (temp and moisture...hmmm...curing chamber?)look awesome and the pen with switchable probes makes my head spin with potential.