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Infrared thermometer

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Can you recommend an infrared thermometer to use on cast-iron cookware? I don't need one good enough for engineering applications--it just has to be accurate from 325°F to 550°F.

Janet

The problem is finding (post #206410, reply #1 of 9)

The problem is finding something that can read that high.  I have a ThermoHAWK, but it only goes up to 428F.


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I have a raytek (post #206410, reply #2 of 9)

I bought a raytek of amazon I don't know how high it goes, but I think at least that.  It is the exact same thing as fluke except half the money.

 http://www.amazon.com/Raytek-MT6-Non-contact-MiniTemp-Thermometer/dp/B000O80B5M/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341110204&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=raytech+infared+themoter

Will

I use (post #206410, reply #3 of 9)

I use this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/non-contact-laser-thermometer-96451.html

Only $40 at the moment, and some magazines have a 20% off coupon in the back.

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What applications? (post #206410, reply #4 of 9)

I'll be using the thermometer with a stovetop wafflemaker. It's hard to tell when the temperature is correct (although it turns out that incorrectly cooked waffles are highly edible). While I saved a lot by buying a stovetop iron instead of an electric, buying an infrared thermometer just for waffles still seems a bit extravagant. I could use some arguments in favor of having one in the toolbox. 

Assuming that you don't need it for making Liège waffles, where do you get the most use out of your infrared thermometer?
 

Janet

I use it too: Make sure the (post #206410, reply #5 of 9)

I use it too:

Make sure the frying oil is up to temp

Check the water temp of the fish tank

Check the temp of the hot water heater

Find hot/cold spots in insulation

Have the kitty chase the laser dot

Daughter used it as part of her science exparament on combustion

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 Quote: Have the kitty (post #206410, reply #6 of 9)

 

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Have the kitty chase the laser dot

LOL, I really like this one, although you already had me convinced at fried chicken.

What was your daughter's science experiment? Was it a competition?

Janet

It was having the kitty chase (post #206410, reply #7 of 9)

It was having the kitty chase the laser dot into a hot frying pan.


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Aha, a Hunger Games (post #206410, reply #8 of 9)

Aha, a Hunger Games event.

Janet

No competition - just for (post #206410, reply #9 of 9)

No competition - just for fun.

She wanted to see how environment affects how charcoal burns.  

 

She lit 12 briquettes and then placed 4 in each environment:  Soil, Sand, water (1/8" deep), and air (layed on suspended mesh screen).

 

We used the thermometer to check and see if the coals were still lit, as just sticking your finger into the ash isn't the brightest idea according to my wife <eyeroll>

Dear Daughter had great joy in using the instant on blowtorch we bought just for this!  YAY FIRE!

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