A thermometer is a device that measures temperature or a temperature gradient. A thermometer has two important elements: a temperature sensor (e.g. the bulb of a mercury-in-glass thermometer) in which some physical change occurs with temperature, and some means of converting this physical change into a numerical value (e.g. the visible scale that’s marked on a mercury-in-glass thermometer). Thermometers are used in industry to control and regulate processes, in medicine, in the study of weather, and in scientific research.
There are various principles by. They include the change in pressure of a gas, and also the thermal expansion of solids or liquids with temperature on heating or cooling. Radiation-type thermometers measure the infrared energy emitted by an object, allowing measurement of temperature without contact. Most metals are good conductors of heat and they are solids at room temperature. Mercury is the only one in a liquid state at room temperature and has a high coefficient of expansion. Hence, the slightest change in temperature is notable when it is used in a thermometer. This is the reason behind mercury and alcohol being used in thermometer.[citation needed] A number of the principles of the thermometer were known to Greek philosophers of two. The modern thermometer evolved the 17th and 18th centuries. from the thermoscope with the addition of a scale in through standardization the early 17th century and
Main articles: Temperature measurement and Temperature

An infrared thermometer is a kind of pyrometer (bolometer).
While an individual thermometer is able to measure degrees of hotness, the readings on two thermometers can’t be compared unless they conform to an agreed scale. There’s an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale today. Internationally agreed temperature scales are designed to approximate this closely, based on interpolating thermometers and fixed points. The most recent official temperature scale is the International Temperature Scale of 1990. It extends from 0.65 K to approximately 1,358 K.


Thermometer with Fahrenheit (symbol F) and Celsius (symbol °C) units. Daniel Fahrenheit’s mercury-in-glass thermometer was the first practical, accurate thermometer in history.
Early developments
See also: Temperature scale, Thermometry, Thermoscope, Alcohol thermometer, and Timeline of temperature and pressure measurement technology

Fifty-degree thermometers from the mid-17th century on exhibit at the Museo Galileo. Black dots represent single degrees, and white represented 10. This type of thermometer was used to measure air temperature.
Various authors have credited the invention of the thermometer to Hero of Alexandria. The thermometer was a development, although not a single invention, however. Hero of Alexandria knew of the principle that certain substances, notably air, expand and contract and described a demonstration in which a closed tube partially filled with air had its end in a container of water. The expansion and contraction of the air caused the position of the water/air interface to move along the tube.
Such a mechanism was later used to show the hotness and coldness of the air with a tube in which the expansion and contraction of the gas control the water level.
This was a vertical tube, closed by a bulb of air at the top, with the lower end. The water level in the tube is controlled by the expansion and contraction of the air, therefore it’s what we’d now call an air thermometer.
The word thermometer (in its French form) first appeared in 1624.
The above instruments suffered from the disadvantage that they were also barometers, I.e. sensitive to air pressure. In about 1654 Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, made sealed tubes part-filled with alcohol, with a bulb and stem; the first modern-style thermometer, dependent on the expansion of a liquid, and independent of air pressure. Many other scientists experimented with various liquids and designs of the thermometer.
However, each inventor and each thermometer were unique—there was no standard scale. In 1701, Isaac Newton proposed a scale of 12 degrees between the melting point of ice and body temperature.

Era of precision thermometry

The originator of the era of precision thermometry, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. He invented the mercury thermometer (first practical, the accurate thermometer) and Fahrenheit scale (first standardized temperature scale to be widely used).

A medical mercury-in-glass maximum thermometer. Daniel Fahrenheit’s mercury-in-glass thermometer was accurate and reliable than any that had existed before, and the mercury thermometers in use today are made in the way Fahrenheit.
In 1714 Dutch scientist and inventor Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the first reliable thermometer, using mercury instead of water and alcohol mixtures. In 1724 he proposed a temperature scale which now (slightly adjusted) bears his name. He could do this because he manufactured thermometers, using mercury (which has a high coefficient of expansion) for the first time as well as the quality of his production could provide a finer scale and greater is reproducibility, leading to its general adoption.
The first physician that put thermometer measurements to clinical practice was Herman Boerhaave. In 1866, Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt invented the clinical thermometer that produced a body temperature reading in five minutes as opposed to twenty.[13] In 1999, Dr. Francesco Pompei of the Exergen Corporation introduced the world’s first temporal artery thermometer, a non-invasive temperature sensor which scans the forehead in about two seconds and provides a medically accurate body temperature.


Old thermometers were all non-registering thermometers. That’s, the thermometer didn’t hold the temperature after it was moved to a place with a temperature that is different. Determining the temperature of a pot of hot liquid required the user to leave the thermometer in the hot liquid until after reading it. Registering thermometers are made to hold the temperature so the thermometer could be removed and read at a later time or in a place that was more convenient. Mechanical registering thermometers hold either the highest or lowest temperature recorded until manually reset, e.g., by shaking down a mercury-in-glass thermometer, or until an even more extreme temperature is experienced. Electronic registering thermometers might be designed to remember lowest or the highest temperature, or to remember whatever temperature was present at a specified point in time.
Thermometers increasingly use electronic means to provide input or a digital display to a computer.

meat thermometer

Physical principles of thermometry

Various thermometers from the 19th century.

Comparison of the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales.
Thermometers may be described as empirical or absolute. Absolute thermometers are calibrated numerically by the absolute temperature scale that is thermodynamic. monotonic. This is a fundamental character of temperature and thermometers.
The points display style L L of the manifold display style M M is called ‘hotness levels’, and display style M M is called the ‘universal hotness manifold’. To this information there needs to be added a sense of greater hotness; this sense can be had, independently of calorimetry, of thermodynamics, and of properties of particular materials, from Wien’s displacement law of thermal radiation: the temperature of a bath of thermal radiation is proportional, by a universal constant, to the frequency of the maximum of its frequency spectrum; this frequency is always positive but can have values that tend to zero.
There are several principles on which empirical thermometers are built, as listed in the section of the article entitled “Primary and secondary thermometers”. Several such principles are essentially based on the constitutive relation between the state of a suitably selected particular material and its temperature. Only some materials are suitable for this particular purpose, and they could be considered as “thermometric materials”. Radiometric thermometry, in contrast, can be only slightly dependent on the constitutive relations of materials. In a sense then, radiometric thermometry may be considered as “universal”. This is because it rests on a universality character of thermodynamic equilibrium, that it’s the universal property of producing blackbody radiation.

Thermometric materials

Bi-metallic stem thermometers used to measure the temperature of steamed milk.

Bi-metallic thermometer for baking and cooking in an oven
There are various kinds of the empirical thermometer.
Many empirical thermometers rely on the constitutive relation between pressure, volume, and temperature of their thermometric material. For instance, the mercury expands when heated.
If it is used for its relation between pressure and volume and temperature, a thermometric material must have three properties:
Its heating and cooling have to be rapid. Some materials don’t have this property and take some time to distribute the heat between temperature and volume change.
Its heating and cooling have to be reversible. That’s to say, the material must be able to be heated and cooled indefinitely by the same increment and decrement of heat, and still return to its original pressure, volume and temperature every time. Some plastics don’t have this property.
Its heating and cooling must be monotonic. That is to say, throughout the range of temperatures for which it is intended to work, at a given fixed pressure, but not (α) for some temperatures and (β) for others or at a given fixed volume, either (α) the pressure increases when the temperature increases, or else (β) the pressure decreases when the temperature increases but not (α) for some temperatures and (β) for others.
At temperatures around about 4 °C, water does not have the property and is said to behave anomalously in this respect thus water cannot be used as a material for this kind of thermometry for temperature ranges near 4 °C.
Gases, on the opposite hand, all have the properties (1), (2), and (3)(a)(α) and (3)(b)(α). Consequently, they’re suitable thermometric materials, and that’s why they were important in the development of thermometry.
Constant volume thermometry[edit] According to Preston (1894/1904), Regnault found constant pressure air thermometers unsatisfactory, because they needed troublesome corrections. He, therefore, built a constant volume air thermometer.[33] Constant volume thermometers do not provide a way to avoid the problem of anomalous behavior like that of water at approximately 4 °C.[31] Radiometric thermometry

A clinical mercury-in-glass thermometer
Planck’s law accurately describes the power spectral density of electromagnetic radiation, inside a rigid walled cavity in a body made of the material that’s completely opaque and poorly reflective, when it’s reached thermodynamic equilibrium, as a function of absolute thermodynamic temperature. A small enough hole in the wall of the cavity emits near enough blackbody radiation of which the spectral radiance could be precisely measured. The walls of the cavity, provided they’re poorly reflective and opaque, can be of any material indifferently. This provides a well-reproducible absolute thermometer over an extremely wide range of temperatures, able to measure the absolute temperature of a body within the cavity.
Secondary and primary thermometers[edit] A thermometer is called primary or secondary based on the way is mapped to a temperature. As summarized by Kauppinen et al., “For primary thermometers the measured property of matter is known so well that temperature can be calculated without any unknown quantities. Examples of these are thermometers based on the equation of state of a gas, on the velocity of sound in a gas, on the thermal noise voltage or current of an electrical resistor, and on the angular anisotropy of gamma ray emission of certain radioactive nuclei in a magnetic field.”[34] In contrast, “Secondary thermometers are most widely used because of their convenience. Also, they are often much more sensitive than primary ones. For secondary thermometers knowledge of the measured property is not sufficient to allow direct calculation of temperature. They need to be calibrated against a primary thermometer at a number of fixed temperatures or at one temperature. Such fixed points, for instance, triple points and superconducting transitions, occur reproducibly at the same temperature.”[34] Calibration[edit]

Mercury-in-glass thermometer
Thermometers may be calibrated by checking them against known fixed points on the temperature scale or by comparing them with other calibrated thermometers. The best known of these fixed points are the melting and boiling points of water that is pure. (Note that the boiling point of water varies with pressure, so this must be controlled.)
The traditional way of putting a scale on a liquid-in-glass or liquid-in-metal thermometer was in three stages:
When it’s come to thermal equilibrium Immerse the sensing portion in a stirred mixture of pure ice and water at atmospheric pressure and mark the point indicated.
Immerse the sensing portion in a steam bath at Standard atmospheric pressure and again mark the point indicated.
Divide the distance between these marks into equal portions in line with the temperature scale being used.
Other fixed points used in the past are the body temperature (of a healthy adult male) which was originally used by Fahrenheit as his upper fixed point (96 °F (36 °C) to be a number divisible by 12) and the lowest temperature given by a mixture of salt and ice, which was originally the definition of 0 °F (−18 °C).[35] (This is an example of a Frigorific mixture).
These have now been replaced by the defining points in the International Temperature Scale of 1990, though in practice the melting point of water is more commonly used than its triple point, the latter being more difficult to manage and restricted to standard measurement that was critical. Nowadays manufacturers will often use the solid block or a thermostat bath where the temperature is held constant relative to a calibrated thermometer. Other thermometers to be calibrated are put into the same bath or block and allowed to come to equilibrium, then the scale marked, or any deviation from the instrument scale recorded.[37] For many modern devices, calibration will be starting some value to be used in processing an electronic signal to convert it to a temperature.
Precision, accuracy, and reproducibility.

infrared thermometer

Resolution or the precision of a thermometer is simply to what fraction of a degree it is possible to make a reading. For high temperature work it can be possible to measure to the nearest 10 °C or more. Clinical thermometers and lots of electronic thermometers are usually readable to 0.1 °C.
gives a true reading) at that point. Most thermometers are originally calibrated to a constant-volume gas thermometer.[citation needed] In between fixed calibration points, interpolation is used, usually linear.[37] This may give significant differences between different types of thermometer at points far away from the fixed points. in a liquid-in-glass thermometer in the event the capillary tube varies in diameter.[38] For a lot of purposes reproducibility is important. That’s, does the same thermometer give the same reading for the same temperature (or do replacement or multiple thermometers give the same reading)? Temperature measurement that is reproducible means that comparisons are valid in scientific experiments and industrial processes are consistent. If the same type of thermometer is calibrated in the same way its readings will be valid even if it’s inaccurate compared to the absolute scale.
According to British Standards, correctly calibrated, used and maintained liquid-in-glass thermometers can achieve a measurement uncertainty of ±0.01 °C in the range 0 to 100 °C, and a larger uncertainty outside this range: ±0.05 °C up to 200 or down to −40 °C, ±0.2 °C up to 450 or down to −80 °C.[40] Principles[edit] [icon] This section needs expansion with Needs completion. Add any missing, give a brief overview of every principle or thermometer, pros/cons for example temperature range and accuracy, etc.. It’s possible for you to help by adding to it. (January 2017)
List of thermometers organized by operating principle. In theory, any physical phenomenon could possibly be used as a thermometer, measuring temperature.
Thermal expansion
Utilizing the property of thermal expansion of numerous phases of matter.
Pairs of solid metals with different expansion coefficients might be used for bi-metal mechanical thermometers. Another design is the thermometer of Breguet.
Some liquids possess high expansion coefficients over a temperature that is useful ranges forming the basis for a mercury or alcohol thermometer. Alternative designs using this principle are Beckmann differential thermometer and the reversing thermometer.
Just like liquids, gases can also be used to form a gas thermometer.
Vapour pressure thermometer
Galileo thermometer[41] Thermochromism
Some compounds exhibit thermochromism at distinct temperature changes. By tuning the phase transition temperatures for a series of substances thus the temperature might be quantified in discrete increments, a form of digitization. This is the basis for a liquid crystal thermometer.
Blackbody radiation
All objects above absolute zero emit blackbody radiation for which the spectra is directly proportional to the temperature. This property is the basis for a pyrometer or infrared thermometer and thermography. It has the advantage of remote temperature sensing; it doesn’t require contact or even proximity, unlike most thermometers. At higher temperatures, blackbody radiation becomes visible and is described by the color temperature. For example an approximation of a star or a glowing heating element ‘s surface temperature.
Phosphor thermometry
Optical absorbance spectra
Fiber optical thermometer
Electrical resistance
Resistance thermometer which uses materials for example Balco alloy
Coulomb blockade thermometer
Electrical potential
Thermocouples are useful over a wide temperature range from cryogenic temperatures to over 1000°C, but typically have an error of ±0.5-1.5°C.
Silicon bandgap temperature sensors are commonly found packaged in integrated circuits with accompanying ADC and interface such as I2C.
Electrical resonance
Quartz Thermometer
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Chemical shift is temperature dependent. This property is used to calibrate the thermostat of NMR probes, usually using methanol or ethylene glycol.[44][45] This can potentially be problematic for internal standards which are usually assumed to have a defined chemical shift (e.g 0 ppm for TMS) but in fact exhibit a temperature dependence.[46] Magnetic susceptibility
See also: Paramagnetism § Curie’s law
Over the Curie temperature, the magnetic susceptibility of a paramagnetic material exhibits an inverse temperature dependence. This phenomenon is the basis of a magnetic cryometer.
Applications[edit] See also: List of temperature sensors
Thermometers utilize a range of physical effects to measure temperature. Temperature sensors are used in a wide selection of scientific and engineering applications, especially measurement systems. Temperature systems are primarily either electrical or mechanical, occasionally inseparable from the system that they control (as in the case of a mercury-in-glass thermometer).
Such liquid crystal thermometers (which use thermochromic liquid crystals) are also used in mood rings and used to measure the temperature of water in fish tanks.
Nanothermometry[edit] Conventional thermometers cannot measure the temperature of an object which is smaller than a micrometer, and materials and new methods must be used. Nanothermometry is used in such cases. Nanothermometers are classified as luminescent thermometers ( in case that they use light to measure temperature) and non-luminescent thermometers (systems where thermometric properties aren’t directly associated with luminescence).[51] Cryometer[edit] Main article: cryometer
Thermometers used specifically for low temperatures.
Medical[edit] Main article: medical thermometer
Ear thermometers tend to be an infrared thermometer.
Forehead thermometer is an example of a liquid crystal thermometer.
Rectal and oral thermometers have typically been mercury but have since largely been superseded by NTC thermistors with a digital readout.[52] Various thermometric techniques have been used throughout history such as the Galileo thermometer to thermal imaging.[41] Medical thermometers such as mercury-in-glass thermometers, infrared thermometers, pill thermometers, and liquid crystal thermometers are used in health care settings to determine if individuals have a fever or are hypothermic.
Food and food safety[edit] Thermometers are important in food safety where the food at temperatures within 41 and 135 °F (5 and 57 °C) can be prone to potentially harmful levels of bacterial growth after several hours which could lead to foodborne illness. This includes monitoring refrigeration temperatures and maintaining temperatures in foods being served under heat lamps or hot water baths.[49] Cooking thermometers are important for determining if a food is properly cooked. They may be commonly found using a thermocouple or thermistor, or either a bimetallic coil with a digital readout.
Environmental[edit] Indoor-outdoor thermometer
Heat meter uses a thermometer to measure the rate of heat flow.
Bimetallic strips have been used by thermostats but digital thermistors have since become popular.
Alcohol thermometers, infrared thermometers, mercury-in-glass thermometers, recording thermometers, thermistors, and the thermometers of Six are used in various levels of the atmosphere and oceans in climatology and meteorology. Aircraft use thermometers and hygrometers to determine if atmospheric icing conditions exist along their flight path. These measurements are used to initialize weather forecast models. Thermometers are used in roadways in cold weather climates to help determine if icing conditions exist and indoors in climate control systems.

galileo thermometer

Our Favorite Thermometers For Food, Cooking, Ovens, Grills, And Smokers, In Addition To Ratings And Reviews Of More Than 100 Devices
“Buy the best thermometers and you’ll only cry once.”
Greg Rempe, BBQCentral Radio

By Meathead Goldwyn
consumer reports
In early 2014 Consumer Reports tested more than 300 chicken samples purchased at supermarkets round the nation and found half of them had antibiotic resistant strains and that almost all were contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. It said, “even in the event that you keep your kitchen very clean, you may still be exposed to illness-causing bacteria should you not cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F. It is vital that you just check using a meat thermometer.”

This database contains almost 100 thermometers, mostly digital. There’s nothing in the world like it. You can use the search options at left or scroll down to see some of our favorites. The options can be confusing so you might want to click here to read more about how thermometers work and why some are better than others. In case you are in a hurry, here are our favorites and best buys:
Most important: You need a hand read food thermometer
It is a myth. The difference between a medium rare and well-done steak is narrow. The diff between moist tender fish and dry chalky fish is even less. Seconds matter. And two pork chops can cook at different rates. The breast and thigh of a turkey are usually different temps. Cooking four burgers? They are all different temps because your grill has hot spots. That salmon filet has a thick end along with a thin end. The only way to deliver cooked meat to the table and protect against food borne illness is to take its temperature with a rapid read thermometer. In case you hate apologizing for overcooked meat or needing to take chicken off your guests’ plates and sticking it in the microwave, then you’ve got to get a good thermometer. My recommendations:
New Thermapen Mk4

thermapen mk4
The “Lamborghini of instant read thermometers” is what Harry Soo of SlapYoDaddyBBQ calls the Thermapen, and he should know because he is one of the winningest competitors on the BBQ circuit. The MK4 has several improvements over earlier models. The Thermapen is the thermocouple-based you see all the cooks on TV. It reads meat temp it is accurate, has large easy-to-see numbers that rotate as you rotate the device, for getting into the center of a large hunk of meat like a ham, and a long probe. The heat sensor is extremely small, so you know where you put it, you’re reading just. It is water resistent, reads from -58 to 572°F (-50° to 300°C), and switches between F and C.
Click here to read our test results, our full review, and for info on where to buy it
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Thermoworks Super Fast ThermoPop
Thermo pop thermometer
Introduced in 2013, this little lollipop licks your needs for fast reads at an inexpensive price. It’s possible for you to switch from C to F, and even rotate the display that is backlit together with the press of a button so that you don’t have to crane your neck. It includes a pocket clip as well as your choice of nine colors including black and white. It is easy to use with either right or left hand, and it’s also rated as “splashproof”. Both the backlight and thermometer switch off to preserve battery life. The sensor is very small so it does not give you falsely, and located in the tip reads from further up the probe as do some other electronics.
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Maverick DT-09GG Instant Read Digital Thermometer with a Compact Meat Temperature Guide Magnet
maverick thermometer
This is really a nice, accurate, pocket size instant. Gives a reading in less than four seconds with a range -58°F to 572°F (reads in F and C). It’s hard to see, but the cover for the probe is attached to the meter on the right in the photo. With the cover on the probe, it’s waterproof. It’s easy to use but it cannot be calibrated. This thermometer is bundled with the Award Winning Compact Meat Temperature Guide Magnet by Meathead.
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Click here to order it now with the refrigerator magnet bundled from Amazon
IMPORTANT NOTE: This thermometer is bundled with the Award Winning Compact Meat Temperature Guide Magnet by Meathead. This link and this link has the magnet, although there are other companies that sell this thermometer.
Also recommended: A leave-in meat thermometer and an oven /grill/smoker thermometer
Can you imagine if your oven did not have a thermometer, cooking indoors? Do you try to cook outdoors with no good oven thermometer? And this might come as a shock, but your indoor oven is waylaid off too. It probably needs adjusting, so when you buy a good digital you can calibrate and adjust your indoor oven. If you buy a good oven/grill/smoker thermometer, you can improve your indoor cooking too. These devices all have a probe that may be placed in the oven next to the food. It is on a cable and attached to a meter you’ll be able to read outside the cooking chamber and it’ll tell you.
A leave-in meat thermometer has a probe that’s inserted into thick cuts of meat and left there throughout the cook. It has a cable attached and it lets you monitor the progress of the cook without needing to open the lid and stab the meat. They are essential for hams, all roasts, turkey, pork shoulder, whole hog, and tri-tip.
There are a number of thermometers which can be used for both oven temp or leave -in for meat, and a few have two probes to be used for oven and meat simultaneously. My favorites:
Thermoworks Splashproof ChefAlarm
chief alarm
This thermistor thermometer with a timer has an impressive reading range, from -58 to 572 F and the probe can withstand up to 700°F. At temps reading under 248°F it’s accurate plus or minus 1.8°F. The continuous min/max display tells you how cold or hot things got when you were not looking. You can also set the alarm to really go off when the probe hits a high or low temp. The low temp alarm can he should you use this to read your pit temp on a long cook. I hear so many tales of woe from pitmasters who start a cook and wake up in the morning to learn the fire went out. No more.
The probes are thinner than any thermistor I Have seen and read within five seconds so ChefAlarm can be used as an instant read, and best of all, the new Pro-Series silicon coated cables are waterproof and submersible so there isn’t any risk of damaging them with rain or when cleaning, a common problem with the metal braided probes common on other meters. It also has a calibration feature in order to fine tune the accuracy. There is a magnet on the back, big digits, and a backlight, and it tilts and folds.
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Order it and click here to go to their website and additional probes
Thermoworks DOT
Inexpensive. Accurate, fast. Simple. That just about sums it up. The manufacturer sells about six different probes in order to clip one to the grate and read put one in the white meat oven temp and one for the dark meat. You can then move the meter from the probe to probe. The Needle probe is extremely thin and reads in 2 seconds so that it can double as a leave-in or instant read which makes the most versatile in its class to this baby. Fits in the palm of your hand, it’s a large readout, an easily- a long probe cable as well as set alarm temperature.
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Thermoworks Smoke
thermoworks smoke
Introduced in October 2016, Smoke goes head to head with the Maverick ET-732 (below) and the iGrill2. The transmitter and receiver talk to each other over radio frequency. RF is sooooo much better than Bluetooth. A wifi gateway is promised soon. In the grill/smoker/oven or in the food, both can be left with two probes, or one can go in each. The menus are intuitive and the user interface couldn’t be simpler — take out of the box and get grilling immediately. It is much more user friendly than the competition. Comes with 2 rapid read thin probes with protective braided stainless steel and strain reliefs. Solidly built, water resistant but not water proof. Is a timer. $40 more expensive than the Maverick ET- 732 and the same price as iGrill2. A wireless gateway that sends your temps to the cloud and smartphones is scheduled to be released in Spring 2017 for $89!
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digital thermometer

Maverick ET- Meat Thermometer, and 732 Wireless Dual Probe BBQ, Smoker, Grill with the All-Weather Meat Temperature Magnet
maverick et-732
There are two probes and cables, one to insert into the meat and leave it in, and another. Both probes plug into a radio frequency (RF) transmitter module that sends temperatures to a receiver module which you can take into the living room with you and place on the coffee table next to the beer and chips. That is right, with the Maverick you cut the lawn or can monitor your meat along with your grill while you watch the game. You can also set the timer to remind you when to start the side dishes or wake you up in the event the game is boring or set it for a target temp, and an alarm will let you know when the meat is ready.
IMPORTANT! There’s an older model, the ET- 73 on the market. It’s inferior. Don’t buy it. There are two newer models about which we’ve reservations. We have given the ET-733 a gold medal since it works well, and it has slightly better probes and also a couple additional bells and whistles, but we don’t think you will need those extras, and they make the device more expensive and more complicated. The ET- 735 is also a winner, and it talks to a clever app on your smartphone, but it’s Bluetooth enabled, as well as the range of that technology is much shorter than the distance you can wander on the ET -732. We think the tried and true, and beloved ET-732 is the best choice for the money.
Click here to read our full review our test results, and for info on where to buy it as well as replacement probes including the new probes with 6′ cables.
Click here to buy it now from Amazon
There are other companies that sell this thermometer, but this link and this link only has the magnet.

For the Pros: Here are two multi-function kits with K-type thermocouples, the best setup for competition teams, pros, and serious cooks
Type K-probes have become the standard for food service applications, scientific, and industrial. These thermocouples use Chromel and Alumel wires in thin tips and type K probes are made by many companies to serve many functions. They have got a standard spade-like jack that may fit a wide range of meters. So you have a two-part system, the probe and the meter with many options. I’ve tested many, and the Thermoworks products are my favorites.
It’s possible for you to buy the parts a la carte, or order one of the package deal kits they’ve assembled at my request below. A word of caution: Thermoworks sells a number of other probes that I’ve tested. These are the ones I recommend for barbecue and grilling. Cheap out in case you wish, but nevertheless, it would be a mistake.
ThermaQ Meathead Kit: Perfect for caterers, restaurants, BBQ competition teams, and serious backyards
my thermometer kit
At my request, Thermoworks has put together a kit at a bargain price with everything competition team, a BBQ Pro, caterer, or restaurant will ever need. There are three probes and two meters. Both meters use the universal K connector (the yellow thingy with the two prongs) so both meters can take any of the three probes included, in addition to scores more made by Thermoworks and others.
For reading grill and smoker temps in more than one location, the Pro Kit includes the ThermaQ Professional 2 Probe Thermocouple Thermometer with Alarm. Or you’ll be able to put an oven probe on a leave and one slot -in meat probe in the other. It has an alarm that’ll go off in case meat or your oven exceeds your prefered temp or drops below. It does everything that the Maverick ET-732 does except transmit the temps to you personally on the couch, but it is more accurate, it’s better probes, and it reads.
smoke house probe
It’s two ports for probes, so you can use the Smoke House Penetration Probe #THS-113-178 which can be left in the meat as well as the stainless cord is super heavy duty and will not fray. This cable is far sturdier than any I ‘ve ever seen. But it is thick and will not fit under grill lids without letting hot air out. You need to have a hole through which you insert it. It functions up to 662°F (350°C) so it can be used to measure hot air temp as well as meat and that will measure the temp in a hot grill.
This is my standard probe for measuring the air temp in grills and smokers. You can bend it and wrap it around things like grill grates, because it’s flexible. I prefer it to the alligator clip probes they sell because, should you not handle them the clips can separate from the cables.
mtc meat thermometer
The kit includes a ThermoWorks Mini Handheld Thermocouple Thermometer #MTC with a Thermoworks Fast Response Meat Probe #113 151. This is the instant read thermocouple meat thermometer I use the most. And I mean instant. It refreshes every second. The meter is a small splash resistant handheld meter that can work with more than a dozen plug-in K-type probes. The probe is almost hypodermic thin so it may be used for burgers and thin steaks and reads precisely in only 2.5 seconds. It’s possible for you to insert it into a piece of meat and slowly back it out as you go and read the different layers! But remember, it’s meant for removing and probing. It cannot be left in meat while it’s in the cooker. Max temp 482°F (250°C). The probe can be removed and replaced with any of the other probes for for leaving in the cooking chamber for measuring oven temp or leaving in a roast. This is an extremely versatile kit. The kit is than the items individually.
Click here to order the 2-Probe ThermaQ now direct from their website
Click here to read our test results and review of the Mini #MTC Handheld Thermocouple Thermometer
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Click here for more about the ThermaQ Meathead Kit
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ThermoWorks Meathead Semi-Pro BBQ Kit
At my request, a kit has been assembled by Thermoworks and at a bargain price, this one for the serious backyard cook. Place the Armored Smokehouse Penetration probe in meat to monitor its progress, and place the High-Temp Flexible Ceramic Fiber-Insulated Probe on the grill, or smoker to keep tabs on it. It can handle any temp because it is flexible you can get the sensor anywhere and you are likely to hit you want it. It’s possible for you to move the Mini meter from probe to probe and get rapid readings. And then there is the super thin Fast-Response Probe to use with precise readings in less than three seconds on thin cuts or to spot check your meat. The kit is $25 less compared to the items.
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FireBoard FBX11

This is the ultimate pro-grade leave-in thermometer with 6 thermocouple probe ports. The meter is small, in regards to the size of a pack of cigs, it runs on a rechargeable battery for 24 hours plus, and it talks to your phone, tablet and computer. It draws a graph that as a csv file to open in a spreadsheet you can view in real time and download, plus it remembers all your cooks and keeps all the data.

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For pizza cooks: Infrared laser
Infrared laser guns are made to read the temperature of a hot surface like a frying pan, a pizza stone, or a griddle. They cannot accurately read meat temp nor can they measure the air inside a grill or the temp of a grate. Do not let the laser fool you, it’s a targeting aid, the actual surface being read is larger than the laser, so it cannot measure something narrow like the grates on your grill. But if you are serious about pizza on the grill, you want one.
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This model measures from -58 to 1022°F and it’s powered by two AA batteries (included). It does not always read on liquids or shiny stainless steel pans and works best on dark surfaces. This thermometer is bundled with the Award Winning Compact Meat Temperature Guide Magnet by Meathead.
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For logs or long cooks with charcoal: Thermostat Controllers
Thermostat controllers are a blessing for long cooks, especially the ones that go overnight. You place a probe close to the meat and also you close all the air intakes except one. The probe talks to a fan that goes over the open vent which turns on and off regulating the oxygen supply to the coals. The temp is controlled by them. So you could sleep the better ones can hold a temp within a few degrees for hours. Some may respond to meat temperature and have multiple probes, and mini computers.
Auber SYL-1615 Thermostatic Temperature Controller
The Auber SYL- 1615 is a highly -configurable thermostatic controller for charcoal cookers. It does an excellent job regulating the temperature using the default configuration, but nevertheless, it can be tweaked to an extent that an electrical control engineer would love. – Bill McGrath
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Old -fashioned thermometers are good quality
They are slow, although liquid thermometers can be very accurate. Only the best dial thermometers can be accurate and only a handful might be adjusted if needed.
CDN Refrigerator & Freezer Thermometer
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It’s crucial for your health along with your budget that your refrigerator is set. In case your fridge runs too hot, food will spoil, need to be discarded and there’s a risk of food-borne illness. Most fridges have a way to adjust the temp. The ideal temp is just above freezing, from 35 to 38°F Below 35°F, frost 38°F, microbes above may form and grow too fast. Since the temp can vary from top to bottom and in the drawers, a good refrigerator thermometer that you could move around is important. An inexpensive liquid thermometer is fine for this particular task. It is pretty accurate since there are no batteries and it’s going to run forever.
You’ll also need a thermometer for the freezer. I’ll quote FDA “The freezer temperature should be 0°F (-18°C). Check temperatures periodically.” Remember, freezing doesn’t kill bacteria, but it does stop them from growing. A liquid filled thermometer is a good method to go here. They’re pretty darn accurate, don’t need batteries, and you don’t need the speed of a digital. The CDN is low profile and has hooks to hang on the wire racks. Get two, one for the freezer, too.
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Tel-Tru BQ300 BBQ Thermometer
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So I have written -metal dial thermometers can’t be trusted because the majority of them are cheap crap, but there’s one brand that stands above all the others and it is accurate enough to be a good indicator, especially in smokers, Tel-Tru. Different probe lengths are available, as well as some that glow in the dark. They can be calibrated by turning a large nut on the rear, although it came adjusted from the factory.
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Mercury-in-glass thermometer
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Mercury-in- glass thermometer for measurement of room temperature. Daniel Fahrenheit’s mercury-in-glass thermometer was reliable and accurate than any that had existed before, along with the mercury thermometers in use today are made in the way Fahrenheit devised.


The mercury-in-glass or the mercury thermometer was invented by physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit in Amsterdam (1714). It consists of a bulb containing mercury attached to a glass tube of narrow diameter; the volume of mercury in the tube is less than the volume of the bulb. The volume of mercury changes slightly with temperature; the small change in volume drives the mercury column that is narrow a long way up the tube. The space over the mercury may be filled with nitrogen or it might be at significantly less than atmospheric pressure, a partial vacuum.
As a way to calibrate the thermometer, the bulb is made to reach thermal equilibrium using a temperature standard such as an ice/water mixture, and then with another standard like water/vapor, as well as the tube is divided into regular intervals between the fixed points. In principle, thermometers made of different material (e.g., colored alcohol thermometers) might be expected to give different intermediate readings due to different expansion properties; in practice, the substances used are chosen to have reasonably linear expansion characteristics as a function of true thermodynamic temperature, and so give similar results.
The application of mercury (1714) and Fahrenheit scale (1724) for liquid-in-glass thermometers ushered in a new era of accuracy and precision in thermometry.[1] Contents [hide] 1 History
2 Maximum thermometer
3 Maximum minimum thermometer
4 Physical properties
5 Phase-out
5.1 List of countries with regulations on recommendations or mercury thermometers
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

A large mercury in glass thermometer.
See also: Liquid-in-glass thermometer and Timeline of temperature and pressure measurement technology
The thermometer was used by the originators of the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales.
Anders Celsius, a Swedish scientist, devised.
Celsius used the temperature of melting ice: two fixed points in his scale as well as the temperature of boiling water. This was not a new idea since Isaac Newton was already working on something similar. The distinction of Celsius was to use not that of freezing and the condition of melting. For reaching a good calibration of his thermometer the experiments lasted for 2 winters. He discovered that ice melted at the same calibration mark on the thermometer by performing the same experiment over and over again. At the moment which he removed the thermometer from the vapor, the mercury level climbed. This was related to the rapid cooling (and contraction) of the glass.
Celsius proposed a method of calibrating a thermometer:
Place the cylinder of the thermometer in melting ice made of pure water and mark the point where the fluid in the thermometer stabilizes. This point is the freeze/thaw point of water.
In the same manner, mark the point where the fluid stabilizes when the thermometer is placed in boiling water vapor.
Divide the length between the two marks into 100 equal parts.
Both vary with atmospheric pressure although these points are adequate for approximate calibration. Nowadays, the triple point of water is used instead of the freezing point (the triple point occurs at 273.16 kelvins (K), 0.01 °C).
Before the discovery of the true thermodynamic temperature, the thermometer defined the temperature; thermometers made with different materials would define different temperature scales (a colored alcohol thermometer would give a slightly different reading when compared to a mercury thermometer at, say half-scale). In practice, very similar temperatures were given by several materials to each other and, when discovered, to the thermodynamic temperature.
Maximum thermometer[edit]

Closeup of a maximum thermometer. The break in the column of mercury is visible.

A medical mercury-in-glass maximum thermometer showing the temperature of 38.7 °C.
A special kind of mercury-in-glass thermometer works by having a constriction in the neck near the bulb. The mercury is pushed up through the constriction by the force of expansion as the temperature rises. The column of mercury breaks at the constriction and cannot return to the bulb, thus remaining stationary in the tube when the temperature falls. The observer can read the maximum temperature over the set period of time. To reset the thermometer it must certainly be swung. This design is used in the traditional type of medical thermometer.
Maximum minimum thermometer[edit] A maximum-minimum thermometer, also called Six’s thermometer, is a thermometer which registers the maximum and minimum temperatures reached upwards of a period of time, typically 24 hours. The original design contains mercury, but solely as a way to indicate the position of a column of alcohol whose expansion indicates the temperature; it is not a thermometer mercury-free versions are available.
Physical properties[edit] Mercury thermometers cover a wide temperature range from −37 to 356 °C (−35 to 673 °F), the instruments upper-temperature range could be extended though the debut of an inert gas such as nitrogen.
Mercury can’t be used below the temperature at which it becomes solid, −38.83 °C (−37.89 °F). To avoid this, some weather services require that all mercury-in-glass thermometers be brought indoors when the temperature falls to −37 °C (−35 °F).
To measure lower meteorological temperatures, a thermometer containing a mercury-thallium alloy which doesn’t solidify until the temperature drops to −61.1 °C (−78.0 °F) may be used.
As of 2012, many mercury-in-glass thermometers are used in meteorology; however, they may be becoming increasingly rare for other uses, as many countries banned them for medical use as a result of toxicity of mercury. Galinstan, a liquid alloy of gallium, indium, and tin, as a replacement for mercury is used by some manufacturers.
List of countries with recommendations or regulations on mercury thermometers.

Countries in blue have made legal bans on the issue, countries in gray are of unknown status at the present, and countries in red are those whose “Member State doesn’t consider national execution measures necessary.”
In February 2009, the Argentine Health Ministry instructed by resolution 139/09 that all health centres and hospitals should buy mercury-free thermometers and blood pressure meters and called on dentists, medical technicians, and environmental health specialists to start eliminating this toxin.[8] As of 2016 mercury thermometers were still on sale to the public at pharmacies.

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