I’d like to think that Barbecue thermometers will last forever. After all, I pay good money for a product and I expect that. The reality is that most products today do not have a long life expectancy. What to do? Pick your product carefully. Check to see what the warranty is. Is the manufacturer a name that you have heard before and you can trust? Where is the product produced? Most likely China. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Manufacturers who have plants overseas have strict production guidelines and they produce quality products. If I am familiar with a manufacturer of a barbecue thermometer and feel it is well made, I will purchase it, but I never expect it to last a lifetime.

The biggest killer of Barbecue thermometers is water and heat. Digital styles have a motherboard, with lots of tiny wires and connections. Just like a smart phone, if it gets wet, more than likely it’s ruined. At that point, you can always try to immerse the digital barbecue thermometer in rice for a few days to help dry it out. It might work if you are lucky enough to catch thermometer before it is totally drenched. I say it’s always worth a try!

Heat can cook your digital thermometer too! If you see that you have melted the exterior thermometer casing, imagine what it may have done to the interior wires and motherboard? If you find that your barbecue thermometer isn’t working due to excessive temperatures, I am afraid there isn’t much you can do to resurrect it! Time for a new barbecue thermometer.

Treat your thermometer like you treat your smart phone. With care. Always keep it away from extreme heat and water. Never immerse the unit in water when cleaning. After use, just use paper towels to clean the exterior and probes. Remove the batteries when not in use. Batteries that are kept in the thermometer, can leak causing corrosion to the interior battery compartment and could leak onto the mother board.

Here are a few of the barbecue thermometers that I think are worth taking a look at:

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ChefAlarm (Blue)ChefAlarm (Blue)Grill Kings Bluetooth Barbecue Thermometer, Set of 2 ProbesGrill Kings Bluetooth Barbecue Thermometer, Set of 2 ProbesIvation Long Range Wireless Meat Thermometer w/ Bonus Probe - Remote BBQ Cooking Thermometer - Monitors Up To 325 Feet Away - 3 Probes IncludedIvation Long Range Wireless Meat Thermometer w/ Bonus Probe – Remote BBQ Cooking Thermometer – Monitors Up To 325 Feet Away – 3 Probes IncludedInkbird 150ft Digital Cooking Bluetooth Wireless Grill Meat Oven BBQ Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe (Thermometer w/ Two Sensors)Inkbird 150ft Digital Cooking Bluetooth Wireless Grill Meat Oven BBQ Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe (Thermometer w/ Two Sensors)ThermoPro TP08 Wireless Remote Digital Kitchen Cooking Meat Thermometer - Dual Probe for BBQ Smoker Grill Oven - Monitors Food from 300 Feet AwayThermoPro TP08 Wireless Remote Digital Kitchen Cooking Meat Thermometer – Dual Probe for BBQ Smoker Grill Oven – Monitors Food from 300 Feet AwayThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ

 

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