Just picked up an infrared thermometer today to use with my new steel plate experiments. It was a good deal at the Harbor Freight in Charlotte. It was regularly $60, on clearance for $30 and after the 20 percent off coupon was only $24. Pretty good deal for something I just wanted to play around with. It has a flexible wand and says it goes up to 1112 degrees F, so it should be more than handy to measure temps on my steel plate.
Just wanted to share in case anyone else is looking for a new kitchen toy!