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OXO Good Grips Triple Timer

Amazon: $19.99


Kitchen timers are quite useful to all of us for various reasons.  Finding one I really LIKE has been a problem because of my personal requirements for what is GOOD in a kitchen timer.  There are tons of these things on the market.  Some are cheap and some cost a little more.  THIS one is a keeper.  


I like a kitchen timer that has a numeric keypad to enter the times you want rather than having to scroll numbers to get to the right one in each position on the timer.  This particular model also has three independent 100-hour timers that can be used as count-up or count-down timers simultaneously.  Each timer has a different alarm sound.   When this timer is in the timer mode, all three timers are visible on the LCD screen.  When the timer is not in use, the unit defaults to the clock mode.  


This is a counter-top type timer.  It is wedge shaped and designed to be read while sitting in the shown position on a flat surface.  There is no magnet for attaching it to a metal surface.  This timer is quite intuitive and easy to use.  It's my go-to timer.  It runs on two AAA batteries.  This one has been running for over two months on the first set of batteries, which is pretty good considering I use it multiple times per week while cooking.  For $20, I think it's hard to go wrong with one of these.




Thermoworks Extra Big & Loud Timer

Thermoworks: $29.00


Here's another timer that I have in my collection.  Once again, this timer meets my requirement of having a keypad for inputting my desired times.  This one has a flip out tab on the back so it will stand up on a flat surface.  It also has magnets if you want to put it on a metal surface.  This is also a 99 hour alarm and it has an adjustable volume control for the alarm.  This model runs on a single 9v battery and boasts IP65 water resistance.  




Thermoworks TimeStick

Thermoworks: $25.00


Another timer that I like is the Thermoworks TimeStick.  This small timer also has a numeric keypad for entering times.  It also works in count-down or count-up modes.  It has a 100 hour timer, is water resistant, and comes with a neck lanyard so you can keep it with you rather than having to go back and forth to the timer to see how much time you have remaining.  This one is also available in 9 different colors.  This is a very handy tool!  This small timer runs on a single CR2032 battery.


There are a lot of timer options out there but one thing to watch out for when buying one is its timer duration.  Some of the less expensive timers only count down or count up to 99 minutes.  That's not always useful when doing a 12 hour cook.  



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In the summer I do a lot of count down cooks with my 26" kettle using two or three heat zones.  I will start with a roast or ribs, add potatoes and other side dishes so that everything finishes at about the same time.   A timer like this would be very helpful.

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John Setzler Posted:  




Thermoworks TimeStick

Thermoworks: $25.00


Another timer that I like is the Thermoworks TimeStick.  This small timer also has a numeric keypad for entering times.  It also works in count-down or count-up modes.  It has a 100 hour timer, is water resistant, and comes with a neck lanyard so you can keep it with you rather than having to go back and forth to the timer to see how much time you have remaining.  This one is also available in 9 different colors.  This is a very handy tool!  This small timer runs on a single CR2032 battery.




I have various timers that I use in the kitchen and BBQ Pitt and this TimeStick has become one of my favs. IMO one of the best features, in addition to what John posted, is that it has a "LOCK" mode. I like to stick it in my pockets, and in the lock mode you will not accidently unset the timer. One other feature not mentioned is that it has a magnet on the back for mounting to your fridge, range, microwave, etc. 


I have cycled through giving PT-100's and ET-732's as gifts to BBQ friends & family, so this has become my current "go-to" BBQ gift. 

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On my iPhone, I use an app called "Timely".  It had 6 timers.  Quite useful when you're trying to time the cooking of the steak with the potatoes and other items cooking simultaneously in the kitchen oven.  I prefer to see all my timers is one place rather than use a combination of oven timer, microwave timer, handheld timer, etc.


If I use my Android tablet, the app I use it "Kitchen Timer".  It only has 3 timers, but it if often more than enough.

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I ordered a couple of time sticks, going to give one to my SIL and daughter. I think this is a timer I will use more. Ordered a thermopop and a thermapen also. Can't wait for the 8th to roll around.-Ken

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I have 3  of these stuck on the side of the micro wave.


I am sure that they were all made by the same company but each has a different name on it.--Pyerx--ThermoWorks--no name.


I have three because the cable kept getting slammed in the pull out garbage door. Move to the other side of the stove DOH..


They have a separate hour and minute setting. They are very easy to use. Hit the hour and minute buttons to zero. Then hit each button for how long you need. The one down side is if you want 1.5 hours--you would hit the hour button once and hold the minute button in to power scroll. So these do not fit the direct key entry requirement but we use them daily as timers some times we even have all three going.


The bonus is you get a usable meat probe and with the Thermo Works you can buy replacement probes. These  probes do not like the temps that the Kamado easily reaches. Once I learned how to care for the probes they have been good for many years.







Those other ones do look very nice but as long as these keep working we are good. My biggest requirement is that they stick to the microwave out of the way and easy to find.

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I received my package from thermoworks today and I tell ya the time stick is going to be handy. Oh yea Bosco, I was at KJ today and there was a semi load of stuff headed to Canada. I thought about your JR and mentioned it to Meghan. Did you order a black JR , she said there were red ones there.---Ken 

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