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Offline cylint

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Best IR gun?
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:14:06 PM »
Looking at getting an IR temperature gun...any recommendations?


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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 08:49:17 PM »
Looking at getting an IR temperature gun...any recommendations?

Paul,

While you are awaiting responses from current members, you might also take a look at the Stones/tiles/steel, Pans & Accessories child board at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?board=48.0 to get other recommendations that are archived on the forum. You can scan the threads in that board and/or use the search feature at the top right of the page. You might use "IR thermometer" or "infrared thermometer" (without the quotes) as search terms.

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 08:56:26 PM »
thanks peter!

I scanned through the threads and did a quick search and didn't turn up anything exciting, so i figured I'd try the post :)

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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 08:57:02 PM »
I have this one. Paid about 60 bucks a few years ago. It has served me fine. I don't bake at 1000 degrees.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Amprobe-Non-Contact-Infrared-Thermometer-Laser-Targeting-Sealed-IR607A-/191108789888?pt=LH_DefaultDoma
 

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 09:40:23 PM »
Cylint, when it comes to IR thermometers, they're all made in China and, for the most part, all pretty much work- and last for quite some time.  When shopping for one, you want to find the peak temp you need, at the lowest price you can find.  For a while Dealextreme (Hong Kong), had some really great deals along with free shipping (but a long ship time), but Amazon stepped up and seems to be the cheapest.  If you're confident that you'll never need higher than NY style temp readings (700ish), this is a good deal:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00837ZGRY/?tag=pizzamaking-20

If you think you might ever go the wood fired/Neapolitan route, then spend the extra 10 bucks on this one:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DMI62HM/?tag=pizzamaking-20

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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 09:41:26 PM »
I would get the cheapest one you can find, because it doesn't take long before you can tell/just know without the gun.  I DO think it helps to learn your oven though, so it is worth the 30 bucks or so you can buy one for.

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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2014, 06:55:55 AM »
I paid a higher price for a company that I've trusted for awhile:

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/ir/irgun.html

The gun has worked great for various things:  WFO, standard oven temp checking, finding air leaks in my home, etc. 

Since I haven't tried the other ones (though there are plenty of <$30 with 4.5 star reviews on Amazon), my gun has lasted me over 4 years so far of constant use...


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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014, 09:52:23 AM »
Thanks for the replies all.  I typically make just one pizza week, sometimes two, but have some people coming over this weekend so i'm going to do 4 in rapid succession...want to make sure i can control for temp as well as i can!

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014, 10:19:44 AM »
I have the one that Derrick suggested above and like it a lot. Every so often my Blackstone has crept above 1000F when I forget to turn it down between bakes and it's nice to know where the temperature is at. Take care!

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2014, 10:36:25 AM »
I use one of the ~$15 ones from amazon, goes up to 997F. Works just fine, I've measured things against my thermapen and it's been accurate.
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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2014, 01:53:40 PM »

If you think you might ever go the wood fired/Neapolitan route, then spend the extra 10 bucks on this one:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DMI62HM/?tag=pizzamaking-20


I have this one, and it works good enough for my needs. It does not work on new/shiny metal though. Once my steel plate became seasoned & darker it worked much better.

I use it on frying pans more than pizza to make sure I don't smoke the oil. One interesting thing is that it won't work on a stainless steel pan unless you have oil in it.
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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2014, 12:41:04 AM »
I went with this one because of the reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TM7HXC/?tag=pizzamaking-20

It is great. 


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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2014, 03:10:35 PM »
I plan to buy this one to replace my el-cheapo model.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089N2ZH6/?tag=pizzamaking-20

It looks like one of the best out there. Goes up to 1200 degrees F. ... looks perfect. Plus it shoots two laser beams to show you the dimeter of the spot that you're reading. The farther away, the larger the spot. All of the other IR thermometer guns that I've seen only shoot one beam leaving you guesstimate the spot size.
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2014, 03:17:03 PM »
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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2014, 04:38:16 PM »
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I plan to buy this one to replace my el-cheapo model.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089N2ZH6/?tag=pizzamaking-20



Steve,

I have the Fluke 62 Max +. It is a very good quality IR with dual rotating lasers. It is also allows you to adjust the EMS as different surfaces may require a different setting. It will work fine with factory adjusted settings though. I am in the HVAC business (35 years) so a quality IR meter is essential for my work and this one is confirmed extremely accurate. It is a little pricey but Fluke is well known for quality electrical and temp test equipment.

Only one complaint... You'll probably never figure out the Chinese instructions included. Don't fear as it is pretty easy to figure out. If you can't, just find a 14 year old to do it for you.
If you don't like the heat, move to Maine!

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Re: Best IR gun?
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2014, 01:20:19 PM »
I bought mine at harbor freight for less than 30 bucks. does up to 999 degrees and not had any problems with it.

The only thing i don't like about it, is that is always defaults to Celsius and you have to manually switch it to Fahrenheit everytime you turn it on. 


 

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