Relatively Inexpensive Thermocouple Reader

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by geek with fire, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just saw that the company I buy my thermocouples from (ThermoWorks....the makers of ThermaPen) is selling an realatively inexpensive thermocouple reader: the Mini MTC. It sells for $39 (without the thermocouple, which will run you an additional $25-$70). More exensive than the oven thermo's we typically use, but much more versitile and accurate than the cheap thermistor type probes used in those oven thermo's.
    http://www.thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html

    I use their air-type thermocouple that will pick up the temperature fluctuation of a gnat fart. Very fast and very accurate: THS-113-041

    I also use their SmokeHouse probe. It is an 8" long probe with a 6' stainless armour enforced lead; built like a tank: THS-113-178
    High Temp Probes: http://www.thermoworks.com/products/..._hightemp.html
     
  2. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gnat fart?
    Great mother of pearl! [​IMG]
     
  3. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    gnat fart damn i thought if its hot its hot if its not its not[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the info...Look like some nice equipment......Might have to looking to getting one.......
     
  5. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    not as fast acting but what I do is take T/C wire and twist the ends then weld the tip. For air temperature it works well enough, typically temperatures do not change that quickly except for the occasional gnat fart
     
  6. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Still gonna run ya about $75 with a probe. Will stick to the Acu-Rite for about $15 with probe.
     
  7. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, and I have several of those as well. About the best bang for the buck. But since I already have several thermocouples, especially one with an 8" probe, it's nice to have something to read them without having to drag out the laptop (yes, even us Geeks have to unplug from time to time)
     
  8. mustangkid

    mustangkid Newbie

    I've looked for the "Acu-Rite" thermometer with probe on the internet and I haven't found any close to $15.00. The least I've found is $25.00 marked special sale from $39.00. Where do you purchase this meat thermometer fo $15.00?
     
  9. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I get mine from Lowes. They frequently have them for $15.00 on clearance. I think they are normally $19.00 in the store.
     
  10. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    got mine at HD-and geek tell me ain't true u have to unplug at times?
     
  11. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    If your smoking at 225 and a dozen gnat's fart....what would the temp jump be??? :)
     
  12. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I see them for around $14.99 -$15.99 at most grocery stores in the "kitchen stuff" area. Also, last time I was in FTW, TX, I picked up another one at "Barbques Galore", just off of S 820 by Mimi's Cafe.

    The model #'s I have (both) #00648.

    Chaney Instrument Co.
    965 S. Wells St
    Lake Geneva, WI 53147
    (877)-221-1252

    Also, Google "acurite bbq thermometors". Saw them for $16.99 to about $27.99 at several places.
     
  13. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well I work on computers for a living. I go home and somebody's always got a computer problem for me to fix. I have a photography business on the side, which requires computers. So, yea, sometimes a guy has to unplug....I never lasts long though ;->

    While I was joking (sorta') about the gnat fart, I do want to know when the temperature changes even the slightest amount. When using PID loops to control temperatures, you have to keep in mind the concept that there is a delay between an intake adjustment and the actual change in temperature. If you round off to the nearest 5 degrees or so (which is the same result you get from probes that are not sensative enough), your temperatures will bounce; like in a "bang-bang" type thermostat in an electric oven. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it's not a big deal, but...as they say: those that can...do.
     
  14. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Geek, I know it was sort of a joke, but it was funny and I had to add my .02 in....but thinking about gnat's they come mighty big down here near the water (except for the no'seems, which have a nasty byte).
     
  15. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great! So what you are telling me is, I now need to add a conversion factor in my program to account for Inter-State Gnat farts. Man....this is getting complicated [​IMG]
     

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