Handheld Thermometers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by appalachian q, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. appalachian q

    appalachian q Smoke Blower

    My Taylor Weekend Warrior has been a decent thermo, but is slow and at times kind of finicky. I am wanting to get a new thermometer and was looking for insight. I know the thermo pens are the best, but I'm not dropping that kind of coin on a thermometer. I am considering the Lava Tools Javelin / thermowand which is a knock off of the thermopen, the Thermoworks Thermopop, the Thermoworks super fast pocket thermometer RT600c any others you all may know of. What does everyone think?
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have had my Lava tool therm for 2 years now and it has performed flawlessly. I even left it out in the rain once uncovered and no issues. You can't beat it for the price, $25 on Amazon. I don't consider Thermapen the best, if it was it'd be priced lower than it is!
     
  3. appalachian q

    appalachian q Smoke Blower

    Great to hear. I read reviews on the lava tools and the only negatives I've really found are the lack of a backlight and a shorter probe. Have you had any problems with the shorter probe, or is it not a big deal?
     
  4. boboso

    boboso Smoke Blower

    I've got both the lavaworks and a thermopen. Both equal. Except the price. Got my thermopen on sale though. Shorter probe is no big deal to me.
     
  5. appalachian q

    appalachian q Smoke Blower

    Right now I can get the thermopen for $63, the javelin for $18 and the Thermopop for $21. Wondering what to do, think $18 Lavatools with free shipping may be the way to go.
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Here's how the length of the probe compares to my iGrill probes. I've never had a problem with the probe length.
     
  7. appalachian q

    appalachian q Smoke Blower

    Awesome! Thanks for the input. I'm going to order one for $18 and free shipping, don't think I can really go wrong at that price. Just want something faster than my Taylor which takes 10-12 seconds and at times goes all goofy with cutting off / on and switching to celceius after it's been used on Fahrenheit. I think the thermopen price is great at the moment but will take the additional savings and apply to something else right now. I
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The savings are for meat to put in the smoker!!! That's what I did when I bought mine. I bought a bunch of Tri tip!
     

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