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  • Rjbachtold
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 133
    • La Monte, MO

    Thermapen MK4

    I was looking into potentially purchasing a Thermapen MK4 and saw that either the website is down or something is up with them. Anybody know anything?
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10411
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
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    #2
    First of all, welcome to The Pit!

    We are in the process of moving the free side of site to a new server. Everything should be good to go within 24 hours.


    What kind of questions did you have regarding the MK4? I have both the MK4 and Classic Thermapen, and I love both of them.

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    • Rjbachtold
      Rjbachtold commented
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      I’m a member. The $24 is worth the knowledge I’ve gained in just a few days. And I know the thermapen is great just was wondering why I couldn’t purchase them from their site. I was referring to their site not yours.
  • Oakgrovebacon
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 1813
    • South central Illinois

    #3
    Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois

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    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 3094
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        PK360
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks Thermopop
        Thermoworks Dot

      #4
      Welcome to the Pit from NE Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun. If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like. For jokes, go to this thread. Happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

      I have the Thermopop, mainly because when I purchased I also got the Smoke. The Themopop is half the price of the MK4 and the reading is only a second or two difference. Since I didn't want to risk the ire of Mrs. Numb I went with the with the lower priced unit. I've been happy with it, and the Smoke, and have since purchased the Dot. I just checked, their site appears to be down, but be patient. Don't be tempted to get a knock off/imitation off eBay or Amazon, get the genuine direct from the manufacturer.

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      • DWCowles
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 9762
        • Smiths Grove, Ky
        • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

        #5
        Welcome Rjbachtold The Thermopen MK4 is nice but Thermoworks is having a 48 hr sale on the original Thermopen for $59. Spinaker I think he was preferring to Thermoworks website it’s not coming up. In that case they should add another day to the sale.
        Last edited by DWCowles; November 17th, 2017, 09:16 PM.

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        • Spinaker
          Spinaker commented
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          I just checked it........not looking good. It is totally down!
      • Rjbachtold
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 133
        • La Monte, MO

        #6
        Is just the difference with the newer one being waterproof?

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        • DWCowles
          DWCowles commented
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          The newer one lights up and the numbers moves at different angles
      • Rjbachtold
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 133
        • La Monte, MO

        #7
        Move with me?

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        • DWCowles
          DWCowles commented
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          The original Thermopen the numbers are stationary and the new one isn’t. The numbers rotates on the new one.
          Last edited by DWCowles; November 17th, 2017, 09:17 PM.
      • Spinaker
        Moderator
        • Nov 2014
        • 10411
        • Land of Tonka
        • John "J R"
          Instagram: JRBowlsby
          Smokin' Hound Que
          Minnesota/ United States of America

          ********************************************
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          Dexter (Beagle mix)
          Kinnick (American Foxhound)
          ************************

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          Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

          Broil King Keg
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          Lodge L410 Hibachi
          Pit Barrel Cooker
          Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
          R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

          Weber Spirit Gasser
          ******************.
          Thermometers
          FireBoard (Base Package)
          Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
          Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
          **************

          Accessories
          BBQ Dragon
          Big Green Egg Plate Setter
          Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
          Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

          Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
          Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

          Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
          Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
          Eggspander Kit X2
          Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

          Finex Cat Iron Line
          FireBoard Drive
          Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
          Grill Grates
          Joule Water Circulator
          KBQ Fire Grate

          Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
          Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
          Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
          Large Vortex
          Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
          Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
          Smithey No. 12
          Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
          Stargazer No.10, 12
          Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
          Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
          ********************************
          Fuel
          FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
          Kingsford Blue and White
          Rockwood Lump Charcoal
          Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
          **************************

          Cutlery
          Buck 119 Special
          Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
          Global
          Shun
          Wusthof
          *******
          Next Major Purchase
          Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

        #8
        Originally posted by Rjbachtold View Post
        Is just the difference with the newer one being waterproof?
        No the screen is a bit different, it is back lit and it rotates. It reads just as fast as the Classic. Honestly, the only reason I would want a MK4 over the Classic is for the backlit screen. I think the only Classics that are left, are ones that are not back lit. I might be wrong on that one though. Both give great, accurate readings. They are a must have. IMHO

        The MK4 is Waterproof but I never had problems with the Classic and water. The classic is splash proof but that has been enough for the last 5 years. They are built very well.​​​​​​​

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        • DWCowles
          DWCowles commented
          Editing a comment
          Thank you

        • Polarbear777
          Polarbear777 commented
          Editing a comment
          The mk4 also uses normal AAA (not button) batteries. A bit more convienient.

        • Spinaker
          Spinaker commented
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          Ahhh, good call. I didn't even notice. Polarbear777
      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2723

        #9
        Their site appears to up now. Earlier in the day I ordered several of the originals on sale to give as Christmas presents and it worked then also.

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        • DWCowles
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 9762
          • Smiths Grove, Ky
          • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

          #10
          Yes their website is up. Only the red and the green is on sale for $59 the other colors are $79.

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          • Rjbachtold
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 133
            • La Monte, MO

            #11
            I can’t seem to get their site to work. When I click to view their pens it says error. Anybody else experiencing this or could test this?
            Last edited by Rjbachtold; November 17th, 2017, 10:15 PM.

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            • Meathead
              BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
              • May 2014
              • 1264
              • Chicago area
              • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
                Meathead

              #12
              They will be making a special 20% discount offer on the MK4 to our members around 12/6. Details to follow.

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              • allsid
                AmazingRibs.com's Head Fire Starter
                • Apr 2017
                • 349
                • Missoula, Montana USA
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                #13
                There will be a deal on the MK4 starting 12/6 for 15% off of the normal price for (4) days Rjbachtold if you are interested. I will be posting it when we get closer.

                Also- from time to time we are lucky enough to chat with manufacturers and extend offers to the pitmaster club which are not open to the general public and make them available here.

                Welcome to the forum, and we look forward to drooling over all the fun things you cook and share with the group!

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                • DWCowles
                  DWCowles commented
                  Editing a comment
                  So which is it 15% or 20%? Both are good deals regardless.

                • allsid
                  allsid commented
                  Editing a comment
                  12/6 for 4 days is scheduled for 15% off, but we recently ran a 20% off deal for pit members. I will be posting the details and the deal as we get closer.

                • Rjbachtold
                  Rjbachtold commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I’m interested. I’ll be looking for the post
              • Rjbachtold
                Club Member
                • Nov 2017
                • 133
                • La Monte, MO

                #14
                I’m leaning more towards a red or green one for $59. Don’t know if it’s worth the extra $40 for AAA batteries, a backlit screen, and a screen that rotates, I guess I’ll just have to keep my button battery stock up, my grill light on, and my head cocked to the side when need be. I thank you all for your input!

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                • DWCowles
                  DWCowles commented
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                  You will be happy either way. 👍
              • jgg85234
                Charter Member
                • Nov 2014
                • 735
                • Gilbert, AZ (Suburb of Phoenix)
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                #15
                I think that most everyone who has 2 Thermapens (1 classic and 1 Mk4) arrived there the same way I did. Bought the first one without the backlight in the springtime when I was usually done cooking before dark. Was OK all summer and then fall arrived. Suddenly I’m cooking in the dark all the time. Convinced my wife she needed one in the kitchen and then ordered the Mk4. My excuse is I bought the regular one long before the Mk4 existed and Thermoworks wasn’t really pushing the backlit version of the “classic”.
                Best regards,
                Jim

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