Newbie needing some thermometer help

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tearex1126

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Feb 22, 2017
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Hey yall. I have a little offset and am hearing that the temp gauge on the top isn't the best to go by. I've started to look around online at some different thermometers and can't figure out what a good starter one is. Currently I just use my wife's kitchen meat thermometer to check IT. Any ideas is great.
 
I have been in the same boat, Then bought a couple digital ones cheapies, Worked a few times then done. I would look through the threads and see what is out there and what you are comfortable spending, They do vary and people have their preferences.  A Thermoworks Thermapen is quite popular and seems to be a go to for quick instant reads, I am ordering a Tappecue as well. Alot of reviews about Thermoworks, Mavericks as well. Check out reviews and Customer service reviews and threads in the forum.
 
There are several options.

If you want to go with a unit that can monitor pit and food temp then there are several options.
1) Thermoworks Smoke
2) Maverick ET-733
3) Fireboard I am product testing this one now and its pretty sweet.

As mentioned the Thermapen is a great investment in my opinion.

now if you just want to replace the pit thermometer that came with it then there are several great options.

Tel-Tru is a great company. But get one that says it can be calibrated.
@boykjo is using one that he likes but I can't remember the name or site. Maybe he can chime in.

Im sure there will be others that can lend some help on other brands as well.
 
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I've got two ThermoPros--6 & 7--and I like both. Basic, not a lot of buzzers and bells, which is exactly what I wanted. 7 has a wireless remote, but they function pretty much the same except for that. Lifetime warranty on the probes as well. 6 is around $20, and the 7 was around $30. Also have a Javelin PT-12 for instant read, and like it as well. Only drawback I've found is that it stays on for an hour if you don't close the probe. Sometimes I'd rather leave it open for intermittent uses, but it's not a huge deal. Hope this helps--good luck.
 
I have seen and looked up the Thermoworks Smoke but I am struggling on the price. I know you get what you pay for, but still can't pull the trigger. I'm learning you need to know the internal temp. I'm going to be getting the Thermopen but I was trying to keep from opening the pit.
gr0uch0, do the pros give you a pit probe and a meat probe?
 
I have seen and looked up the Thermo works Smoke but I am struggling on the price. I know you get what you pay for, but still can't pull the trigger. I'm learning you need to know the internal temp. I'm going to be getting the Thermopen but I was trying to keep from opening the pit.
gr0uch0, do the pros give you a pit probe and a meat probe?
The TP-08 does have both meat and grate probes:  Wally dot com has it now at $32.99.  Just google "Thermopro thermometers" and see the different options available, as there are plenty of choices.  Hope this helps--good luck.
 
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