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Infrared thermometers

Post by Mo Smoke » July 9th, 2018, 2:28 pm

Anybody use infrared thermometers to check pit temp or grate temps.? My pit temps are steady but they vary from top to bottom racks. Seems like a quick way to spot check different areas for temp without having to use a bunch of those oven thermos that get clouded once the smoke hits them for too long.


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by ajfoxy » July 9th, 2018, 5:49 pm

Or you could purchase a BBQ digital thermometer and not have to open the door so often?


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by Mo Smoke » July 9th, 2018, 6:09 pm

Bbq digital thermo? U mean like the Smoke digital thermo? I know they have an air probe used to measure ambient temp. Similar to putting a probe in a brisket and reading the temp remotely. Prob is when u want to check temps in different places throughout the smoker quickly.


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by Big T » July 9th, 2018, 7:06 pm

I remember someone using one a few years ago to check the temperature at random spots on their pit. I also remember someone had an infrared camera that they used to see what was going on inside the pit without opening it.


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by JKalchik » July 9th, 2018, 8:37 pm

The IR thermometers certainly are handy. I hadn't really contemplated using it to measure temp distribution through the pit, but as long as I move quickly, it should work. The trick would be getting the readings before the gratings cool off much.

One thing to remember is that IR thermometers don't work well on highly polished surfaces like chrome.

The HeaterMeter I have uses up to 4 different sensors, I'd intended at someone to take a full day and map temperature distribution inside my double pan GF.


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by Dirtytires » July 11th, 2018, 9:49 am

I have a thermworks infrared in addition to a full assortment of probe thermometers. I use it quite a bit. Find it really helpful to find Exact temps at specific points in the pit.

Fun in the kitchen too to find temps of frying pans, ovens and such.



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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by Mo Smoke » July 11th, 2018, 7:50 pm

Any particular features to look for when shopping for one? Brand preference ?


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by JKalchik » July 11th, 2018, 9:06 pm

Look at the lens accuracy, specifically at how much of an area is read at what distance. Cheaper units either won't tell you, or you'll find out that at a 1' reading distance, you're reading a 1' diameter (hardly useful.)

Personally..... I've got a thing for all things Thermoworks. They're not cheap, but they built some awfully nice equipment. My HeaterMeter probes are almost all Thermoworks, I've also got a ThermaPen and a ChefAlarm as well. My IR thermometer isn't (but that was acquired well before I discovered Thermoworks.)


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Post by Pete Mazz » July 12th, 2018, 6:45 am

At close range the cheaper ones work fine.


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by Rodcrafter » July 13th, 2018, 7:12 am

Oh come on Pete, buy a FLIR. LoL

They have gotten much cheaper over the years.

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Infrared thermometers

Post by Mo Smoke » July 13th, 2018, 8:06 am

Saw several infrared thermos on Amazon for less than $30... about all my toy budget can handle right now... just gotta choose one.


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by JKalchik » July 13th, 2018, 5:23 pm

Rodcrafter wrote:
July 13th, 2018, 7:12 am
Oh come on Pete, buy a FLIR. LoL

They have gotten much cheaper over the years.

https://www.flir.com/products/flir-one- ... tLEALw_wcB


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Re: Infrared thermometers

Post by Rodcrafter » July 22nd, 2018, 5:47 pm

Ouch!


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