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  • Irishfuente
    Club Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 25
    • Charlottesville va

    Thermapen or thermapop

    So i have a dot with multiple probes, and love it. So i need an insta read using the dot as an insta read ia kind of the pain in the ol butt. So is this pop worth the 30 bucks or im gonna kick myself that i didnt get a thermapen in a few months?
  • EdF
    In Memoriam
    • Jul 2016
    • 3228
    • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
      Karubeque C-60
      Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
      TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
      Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
      Thermapen Air
      ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
      Thermoworks Hi temp IR
      BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
      Various other stuff

    Hard to answer, since I haven't tried the ThermaPop - I have heard good things about it though. What I do know is that if you get a Thermapen (especially if during one of their frequent sales), you'll never look back. It's just very well-designed and well-implemented product.


    • JGo37
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 1610
      • the LOU
      • Cookers:

        22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
        CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
        Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
        Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
        Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'


        Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
        BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
        Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
        Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
        Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
        OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
        Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
        Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

        My Helpers:

        Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
        Instant Pot 6Q Duo
        Nesco Tabletop Roaster
        & the PIT!

      I have an instant-read folding pen, but of questionable pedigree. It was almost free. I DO know I can't be without it - it's easier to have in my pocket. But I also have a pop, and a probe with a display base and remote; you really need to have as many ways to read temp as you have grills, + two.

      # grills + 2 = # temp readers.


      • Dick Anderson
        Club Member
        • Oct 2017
        • 131
        • Northern Sonoma County, California

        I have both. The Thermapen is fast! Thermopop takes only a second longer, but is much handier for a lefty.


        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          Looking ve the Avatar!way to "Rock out!"
      • Mr. Bones
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 10644
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers

          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!

          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)

          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        I have multiples of both, and am very pleased with them.
        I would recommend either one, without a moment's hesitation.


        • adamjs83
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 192
          • Long Island, NY
          • Weber Performer Deluxe w/ Slow 'N Sear Plus
            Pit Barrel Cooker
            Weber Genesis
            Flameboss 300
            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Edition
            Thermoworks Thermapen

          I just got a couple of thermapops. Totally adequate. I find it gets a good read pretty quickly. I would say only to get something faster if you need to temp a lot of meats one after the other.

          My favorite is still the RT600c. I wish I had gotten more of those instead. Love the size and feel plus it’s dishwasher safe. $5 less than the pop. https://www.thermoworks.com/RT600C


          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            I LOVE LOVE LOVE the RT 600 and its in my chef coat sleeve pocket every day. Question.... why on earth would you put in in a dishwasher? You are right though. RT600 ismoney!

          • adamjs83
            adamjs83 commented
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            I agree. I have had one for several years and putting it in he dishwasher has never crossed my mind. But it’s still cool.
        • Jerod Broussard
          • Jun 2014
          • 10076
          • East Texas
          • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
            Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
            Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
            Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
            Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
            Weber Smokey Joe Gold
            Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
            Maverick ET-732 White
            Maverick ET-732 Copper
            2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
            Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
            Thermoworks Timestick
            Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
            B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
            B & B Pellets

          Get the Pen. I had a Pop but wasn't impressed. Also look at the RT600-C, it can be used in the dishwasher (upper shelf), but the max temp is 300. I use that at work temping cold product. I bought one for the house about 5 years ago and it is still going strong. My Pop might have lasted 1.5 years.

          My Pen is still kicking after 4 or so years and reads much higher than 300. Handy when checking cooking oil.


          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            Please see my comment above.
        • Irishfuente
          Club Member
          • Aug 2018
          • 25
          • Charlottesville va

          Im gonna go with that rt 600 thanks


        • mnavarre
          Club Member
          • Jan 2018
          • 659
          • San Diego

          There's also the Lavatools Javelin for about the same price as the ThermoPop. I own several and have found mo reason to be displeased. I like the folding form factor over the pop/pen type just because it's easier to carry around in my back pocket. I thought my wife had killed one, but it was only mostly dead and started working again after a couple of days.

          The Javelin Pro Duo is pretty comparable to the ThermoPen for half the price. I've got one, it's great. You really can't go wrong with either the ThermoWorks stuff or Lavatools. ThermoWorks does have the longer track record of high quality, though.


          • adamjs83
            adamjs83 commented
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            I ordered the javelin on Amazon and returned it. The handle is huge and the probe is very thick compared to the thermoworks. Hard to get an ergonomic grip on it.
        • Attjack
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 4847
          • Primo XL
            Weber 26"
            Weber 22"
            Weber 22"
            Weber 18"
            Weber Jumbo Joe
            Weber Green Smokey Joe (Thanks, Mr. Bones!)
            Weber Smokey Joe
            Orion Smoker

            DigiQ DX2
            Slow 'N Sear XL
            Arteflame 26.75" Insert

            Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
            - With Rear Infrared Burner
            - With Infrared Sear Burner
            - With Rotisserie
            Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
            Weber Spirit 210
            - With Grillgrates
            ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
            Weber Q2200

            Blackstone Pizza Oven

            Portable propane burners (3)
            Propane turkey Fryer

            Fire pit grill

          I have thermopops and they are best thermometers I've used. I'll probably buy a thermopen at some point though.


          • Steve B
            Club Member
            • Jun 2016
            • 3268
            • Rockland county New York
            • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
              Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

              22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

              Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

              1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
              1 maverick et-733 - gray
              1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
              1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
              1 thermoworks thermopop - red

              Pre Miala flavor injector
              taylor digital scale
              TSM meat grinder
              chefs choice food slicer
              cuisinhart food processor
              food saver vacuum sealer
              TSM harvest food dehydrator

            Get the thermopen. Hands down.
            The thermopop is ok but with its short probe and no handle your hand is practically on top of the food and heat.
            I have both and hardy ever use the pop.


            • Frozen Smoke
              Club Member
              • Nov 2017
              • 1531
              • Northern Mn

              I have 2 MK4’s one I use and a new one in the box for back up and a classic I need to send in for repair. It’s the only electronics I use and consider a must have when I’m cooking. I panic if I’m cooking away from home and it somehow got left behind. Oh my other must have electronics is my Bluetooth speaker!

              Got my son a pellet popper for his birthday a few months back. Gave him a Thermapop to go with it. He loves it but he still eyes my new Thermapen in the box every time he’s over!


              • SmokeyGator
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 876
                • Miami, FL
                • Primo XL
                  Cyberq controller
                  Sierra Nevada IPA

                I got the thermapen. It came with a calibration certificate, and my less than laboratory accurate testing basically confirms the calibration (boiling water and ice water).

                What I like about the pen is it folds up. So the pointy end isn’t just hanging out. But it is big, and not really something you can just clip on an apron in a busy kitchen. The thermapop would be perfect for that though. In a commercial kitchen you are probing stuff all the time unless you want the health dept to order a shut down which means you are featured on Channel 10 “Dirty Dining”.

                So for me, since I’m not a commercial kitchen, I don’t mind the larger probe. Also I am not as concerned with setting it down and it walking off, or it getting dropped in the pot with the lobster. If any of these things was an issue, thermapop. Quick, easy, compact, accurate, and not a big deal if it gets messed up.
                Last edited by SmokeyGator; August 19, 2018, 03:27 PM.


                • HawkerXP
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2016
                  • 6690
                  • Virginia
                  • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                    Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                    Slo n Sear
                    Cold beer

                  I have the Pop and Dot, love them both.


                  • HawkerXP
                    HawkerXP commented
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                    They were just on sale. which happens every so often.
                • Huskee
                  • May 2014
                  • 15755
                  • central MI, USA
                  • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                    Smokers / Grills
                    • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                    • PBC
                    • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                    • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                    • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                    • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                    • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                    • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                    • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

                    • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                    • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                    • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                    • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
                    • Thermapen MkII, orange
                    • ThermoPop, yellow
                    • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                    • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                    • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                    • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

                    • Instant Pot 6qt
                    • Anova Bluetooth SV
                    • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                    • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                    • BBQ Dragon
                    • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                    • Weber grill topper
                    • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                    • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                    • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

                    • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                    • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                    • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                    • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                    • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                    • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                    • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

                    About me
                    Real name: Aaron
                    Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                    • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                  I bought the Pop first, and was convinced I didn't need a Thermapen. Why pay triple for the Ferrari Thermapen I thought, when the ThermoPop does the same job... Eventually I was gifted a Thermapen, and it was definitely better to use. Where the extra speed of the Pen shines is if you're doing multiple pieces of meat, like a bunch of steaks or pieces of chicken. (I eventually bought 2 more Thermapens, one was lost and the other re-gifted, so I have one of each Pop & Pen now). If you don't see yourself needing the convenience of speed, if you usually just do large pieces like butts or roasts, or if speed doesn't matter to you, the Pop will do you just fine. It is a fantastic $29 thermometer, quite easily the single best option in that price class. Large rotating backlit screen, it really can't be beat for its price.




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