So my old $10 thermometer finally bit the dust and I need some serious upgrades. I dried my last batch of chicken and pork b/c the probe broke part way through the smoking. Plus it used to take SOOOOOO long to get the temp that I'd lose all my heat. It's time to step up to the big(ger) leagues here. Anyway. I don't want to spend a ton of money and I don't want to buy an instant read if the ET-733 can read fairly quickly. If you don't recommend using it for that purpose I found a $25 "instant read" from Lavatools on Amazon that looks decent (around 5-7 second reading times according to reviews). Then i'll ask for the ET-733 for my birthday coming up in about a month. I can't justify dropping $85 on both the thermopen style and the remote monitor right now.