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Instant Read vs. Leave in Thermometer

I don't know if such a thing is commercially available however I imagine one could rig one up without spending too much money. I figure if you ran a simple toaster oven into a PID controller like the one in the link below and then attached a thermocouple to the PID controller you could probably get this up and running for < $200.

Curious to know if anyone has tried something like that though.

May 23, 2012
wstdonwiteout in Cookware

Instant Read vs. Leave in Thermometer

I looked over some of the threads on thermometers and was unable to find anything specifically related to this question so I thought I would start a new one.

I recently purchased a decent leave in thermometer and i'm pretty pleased with it.

I just wanted to know if it is really necessary for me to have an instant read thermometer as well, or if I can get away with using the leave in thermometer for both purposes. Other then the fact that a leave in thermometer has a probe that extends away from the main unit are there any technical or functional differences between the way these measure temperatures?

May 22, 2012
wstdonwiteout in Cookware