Sources for Thermapens

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by rabbithutch, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Can anyone suggest places to purchase a Thermapen? I've been jonesing for one for awhile now and seem always to miss the bargains. I thought Todd J. sold them on his web site but I could not find them listed there. Amazon has them. Are there other sources?
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You have to go direct to thermapen. You may also want to look at Thermawand Lava Tools. There's a thread here that I started. $25 and works just as good as far as I'm concerned.

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2015
  3. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you, DirtSailor!

    I will look into it. The price sure is sweeter. Giving up a little time to stabilize a reading is a small price to pay. I always test my thermos with the boiling water ice bath protocol anyway.

    Thanks again!
  4. If you want in on the thermapen sales you need to go to their website and sign up for email from them. To purchase from their private sales you follow the link from the email.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I was skeptical at first, but it is spot on and it reads fast. I really didn't think I'd use it much, but I've been using it all the time.
  6. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thermopen is the way to go. Worth every penny. Also members usually post their sales in SMF as well.

    Watch for the "open box" sale.  They sell what is called open box items, but everyone I know got theirs in a factory sealed blister pack (ie, brand new).  I think they just call it that.

    Remember, orange is the fastest.....
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Please explain why the Thermopen is the way to go? Per spec it's only 1 second faster than the Thermowand from Lava Tools. Temp ranges are nearly identical. Is the Thermapenpen really worth the $75 more than the Thermowand?

    If I wasn't so cheap I'd buy one to do a side by side comparison. I research the snot out of stuff before I buy anything. I couldn't find anything that would have enticed me to purchase the Thermapen at the higher price over the Thermowand. I looked at the Thermapen for three years trying to justify the expense. Never could as I already had therms that worked perfectly fine. When I saw the Thermowand it was a no brainer. And it has worked flawlessly and is spot on. Another plus is it had free shipping through Amazon Prime. Just saying before you say Thermapen is the way to go be able to have facts to back it up against the other options.
  8. I have just purchased direct from Thermoworks. Like what was mentioned earlier sign up for email and the open box sale. I bought one of those about 3 years ago and it works flawless (orange too) the thing with the open box is you don't get a choice of color. But it was about 10 or 15 bucks cheaper than the one I bought full price. The problem with signing up for their email is they have too much cool stuff.
  9. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ok, let me revise my comment.

    Thermopen is a well known and proven product.  I have one, and if it ever craps out will buy another.  However, as Dirtsailor indicated, there are other new products available which are much less in cost that may suit your needs and be very close in performance.  I've not looked at the Thermowand, and my comment was not meant to indicate the Thermopen is a better product as I have nothing to compare.

    I was making a general comment about the thermopen, and I do see Dirtsailor's point.  In retrospect, I could have reflected this better in my comment, which was that Themopen's "in general" are a great product.

    The "fastest" comment is basically a running joke among thermopen owners, and I also see where that could be confusing to someone who was not familiar with that fact.

    The open box sales vary.  Sometimes they have dang near every color available (but may be in limited quantities per color), other times it seems they only have one or two colors.  When I bought mine they had a wide range of choices.  I went with orange because I figured I could see it where I sat it down (getting older). If I got a camouflage one i would never be able to find it [​IMG]  
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2015
  10. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bought my wife a ThermoPop directly from Thermapen. It was a great price and they shipped very quickly. Check the site out because they're frequently running closeout sales on Thermapens of unpopular colors, ThermoPops, or other therms of theirs.
  11. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have taken the advice to subscribe to the Thermopen Works web site to receive email notifications of specials.

    Being the cheapskate retiree that I am, however, I ordered the Thermowand by Lava Tool recommended by dirtsailor. I might well buy a Thermopen at some future date, but for now I'm going to give the Thermowand a try.

    I have and like the Maverick ET-73 and ET-733 but there are times when I want to check internal temp of smaller pieces or multiple pieces of meat instead of monitoring smoker and meat temperature as I do with the Mavericks. The Thermowand is intended for that situation.

    Thank you all for your advice.
  12. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just like Case, I have the thermowand as well & have really liked it !
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I hope it works for you as good as mine has for me. If you have problems you should be good to go, because as the package says, Lifetime guarantee!
  14. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I started reading good reviews of Thermowands after I'd already bought a CDN knockoff of the Thermapen for myself and a ThermoPop for my wife. I really like the CDN, which costs less than a Thermapen but more than a Thermowand. These two therms are primarily kitchen therms. For smoking I use my trusty ET-733. For grilling I use my Maverick LT03 Wireless Infrared Surface Laser Thermometer Gun which can be also used (very quickly) to check the interior temp of an MES. You just need to immediately aim and pull the trigger after you open the door before too much heat escapes.
  15. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Got a thermowand as for me
  16. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    I'm a Thermapen guy (blue, because it's the fastest), but I would have tried out the Thermawand first if I had researched it because I like cheap things.  Thermapens are kind of a status item out here on the competition trail, common question is what color you got?
  17. I'm a Thermapen guy, too.  Do I need to be that fast?  Probably not, but an expensive steak can overcook awfully fast when searing at 650+ degrees.  Also, being able to probe multiple locations in a very short time is nice.  Like everything else in life, it's up to you to decide what you want or need.  Here is a short video comparing Thermopen, Thermopop and Lave Wand.

  18. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just conducted a test between my wife's ThermoPop (which I bought her) and my CDN. Dipped both probes into a measuring cup of boiling water. I don't know who ThermoWorks conducts their tests but my CDN beat the crap out of the ThermoPop by at least 5 seconds. I say at least because I didn't time them both since I was holding a probe in each hand. I now suspect the veracity of all ThermoWorks "versus" tests if I could so easily disprove their test results in my kitchen.

    Just to confirm my results, I did the test twice and the CDN handily beat the ThermoPop both times. This is the one I proudly own:®-folding-thermocouple-thermometer-red
  19. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    Very interesting. I am in the market for another thermometer . Love my maverick 733 for smoking, but want one for the grill. It's funny, I never used a thermometer before I got my smoker. My buddy makes fun of me cause he "just knows" when his meat done. His last cook he admitted he over did it. My food has been absolutely perfect.:yahoo:
  20. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've never timed the Thermowand until tonight's cook. 3 seconds every time I probed.


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