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htxag09
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Just a heads up, Thermoworks is discontinuing the MK4. Looks like they'll be releasing the replacement soon.

But all MK4's are $30 off, so $69.

Thermoworks Thermapen MK4
sanitariex
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Thanks for the heads up, just ordered one.
Positive Yardage
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Do we know how much 'better' the replacement will be?
htxag09
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I didn't see anything. Not sure how much better it gets as the thermapen is the industry leader, IMO. But I assume it'll also be more expensive, which made it a no brainer for me to pick up my second.
Ornlu
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htxag09 said:

But all MK4's are $30 off, so $69.
Nice!
La Fours
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I think they are just discontinuing certain colors.
htxag09
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That was the original email. Sent one out saying theyre discontinuing the line completely.


La Fours
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Lol, I got that email. I guess I should have read the entire thing instead of stopping after the first sentence or two.
bam02
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How can the thermapen be THAT much better than the $15 dollar instant-read pens on amazon? I am not disputing it since it seems to be a clear consensus. I'm just not sure what I'm missing with my cheap one. It's pretty dang instant. Never tested to see how accurate it is but it seems to be right on.
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bam02 said:

How can the thermapen be THAT much better than the $15 dollar instant-read pens on amazon? I am not disputing it since it seems to be a clear consensus. I'm just not sure what I'm missing with my cheap one. It's pretty dang instant. Never tested to see how accurate it is but it seems to be right on.
where is yours made, ? And how long will it last.

I've had $15 pens, and they don't last long, and don't have as many features of the mk4. (Quick auto on/off, auto rotate, light, etc)

I've read plenty of people online with thermapens going on 10 years.
FIDO*98*
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bam02 said:

I'm just not sure what I'm missing with my cheap one. It's pretty dang instant. Never tested to see how accurate it is but it seems to be right on.


Take a glass of ice water and put a small pot on to boil and go cold, hot, cold and repeat backwards. If you get the results you expect, keep doing what you're doing. If not, click the link above.
bam02
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I use mine for meat.
62strat
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bam02 said:

I use mine for meat.
then how do you know it's accurate? Your tongue have perfect sense of temperature?

There are few temps in life we know to be exact and Fido helped you out with those.
L8HIT
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Haven't used mine in years but love my Thermapop.
FIDO*98*
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bam02 is a good dude in person. He's just a cheap bastage
Seersucker Ag 2011
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Is it actually instant read? My "instant reads" take a minute plus to get up to temperature from room temperature.
La Fours
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Yes. As soon as you open it, it is ready.
agfan2013
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Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo

Instant read just like the MK4, $55 all day every day, and sometimes you can catch them on sale for $35-40.

Left mine out in the rain one time after bbqing and it still works.

https://www.lavatools.co/products/javelin-pro-d
bam02
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FIDO*98* said:

bam02 is a good dude in person. He's just a cheap bastage


Ha ha thanks Fido. But you are right... so I got the Javelin Pro Duo on sale.

Now I'll be able to tell if my boiling water is really hot and my ice water is really cold!
MrPlow2010
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I have a ThermoPop and I have been using it for years. Its a cheaper option than the $70 ones and it comes to temp super quick.
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Seersucker Ag 2011 said:

Is it actually instant read? My "instant reads" take a minute plus to get up to temperature from room temperature.
Yes, pretty instant. It does what it claims and lives up to the hype.
Jack Thauer
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Bought a second MK4 thanks to this thread. They just announced the Thermapen One (one second read). For $35 difference, I'll wait the extra second.
Diggity
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You using a mercury thermometer?
Seersucker Ag 2011
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Diggity said:

You using a mercury thermometer?
Hah, I use this one for grilling, but usually don't put it in until I've flipped whatever I'm grilling. It takes forever to get up to temperature.
FIDO*98*
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Thanks for the heads up. Just pre-ordered a Thermapen One. Lost my MK4 at the NBLL Pork Chop Wurstfest make-up event and have been needing a replacement.
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