ThermoWorks TW8060

For this week’s review I was sent the ThermoWorks TW8060 from Jesse Black from ThermoWorks.

The TW8060 is a Two-Channel Thermocouple with alarm.  It has a backlit display and can be used to monitor your food and smoker/grill temperatures simultaneously.

As you can see below the TW8060 has 2 connection points on top that are not your typical connection points used by most thermometer manufacturers. Most manufacturers typically use a 3.5mm headphone jack style connector like the Maverick ET-732 and the iGrill I reviewed for our site.

This unit uses a miniature Type K Thermocouple. ThermoWorks states that using a thermocouple gives you the ability to measure a wider range of temperatures; so higher temperatures are not a problem with this unit.

After getting the TW8060 all setup for my pork butt smoke I went outside and fired up my new Grilla Smoker-Grill.

While the Grilla was heating up I got the 8lb pork butt ready for the cook.

Once the Grilla was up to temperature I placed the pork butt on and inserted the TW8060 food probe and attached the pit probe. I really liked the alligator clip probe since I was able to clip it to my Frogmat as you can see in the picture below.

I was also really impressed with how long the cords of both probes are. The Grilla has side tables so I was able to sit the unit on one. I use a WSM a lot so it’s great to have a food probe that is 6ft long and a pit temp probe that is 8ft. I usually have a table to set things on and these longer cords will make it so I don’t have to place the table next to a hot smoker.

I was really impressed with how accurate the TW8060 pit temp probe was. The Grilla’s pit temp probe sits right above the grill grate as shown in the red circle on the pic below. The TW8060 was pretty much spot on with the 250 degree temp reading on the external display of my Grilla.

After the pork butt was up to proper temperature I removed the probes and pulled the pork to eat.

Final Thoughts

Something I wanted to point out that may be a sticking point with some people when looking to buy this unit is the overall cost of the TW8060 and probes. The TW8060 comes with no probes and runs for around $69 plus shipping. The 2 probes that were sent with this unit are the Smokehouse Penetration Probe (Model: 113-177) and the High-Temp Alligator Clip Oven Probe (Model: 8468-22). You can  also get the TW8060 in 2 available kits which include 2 probes. The first kit is the TW8060 Kit ($129), which comes with the Smokehouse Probe and the Crocodile Clip Probe. The other kit is the TW8060 High Temp Kit ($163), which includes the Armored Smokehouse Probe and the High Temp Alligator Clip Probe.

I would also like to see some way to remotely monitor temperatures with this unit like I am able to do with my Maverick ET-732 and iGrill. A secondary receiver unit would be a great addition for sure.

Overall, I am really happy with how well the TW8060 worked. ThermoWorks makes really good quality products and you can tell that with the TW8060 and how accurate and well built it is.

You can find a great deal on the TW8060 here.

For more information on the ThermoWorks TW8060 please visit their Facebook & Twitter pages as well as their Website.

Make sure to check back next week for another BBQ Tools & Tech Review!

Thanks!
Jay Prince
@Prince_of_Q

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Comments

  1. Good review Jay. Price is in line with Thermoworks products, but yeah it’s a lot to spend for a thermo with no remote read capabilities. I may have missed it, but how water resistant is the unit? I’ve wrecked two thermos by leaving in the rain, and I’d pay extra for a superior unit like this. I WOULD NOT pay extra for one if it was not water resistant though.

    Kit

  2. Kevin Byrd says:

    The connection ports are interesting. Never seen that before but like it better than your standard 3.5mm headphone jack style.

  3. Wow, I completely missed the alligator clip when I first looked at this tool. Very handy feature.

    • Yeah, it worked out really well with the Frogmat too. I am really impressed with how well-made the TW8060 is! It was a fun review to do! Plus I got to smoke a nice big yummy pork butt for it ;) Thanks for leaving a comment Mark!

  4. When thinking about the price of instruments such as this, it is important to remember that these are professional-grade instruments made by a company specializing in them, not fly-by-night Chinese thermometers you can find at a box store. You get what you pay for…

    Good review.

    • Thanks Mike G.! Glad you liked my review. I totally agree with you about it being a professional-grade instrument made by a company specializing in them. When I was talking about the expense of the unit and how that could be a sticking point, that was geared towards people like me who are on a budget. I am a stay-at-home dad so for someone like me this could be out of my price range. This unit may be more suitable for someone who competes in comps rather then your typical backyard griller. Either way its a quality product by a very reputable company! Thanks for leaving a comment Mike G.!

      Jay

  5. I like it look more durable.I was hoping that it had a blower hook up.Prince when it come to the guru is there other manufactures of guru styles with blower hook ups.

    • Not that I am aware of Mike, but I am sure if there is, someone may reply to you on here with the answer to that. It is a very durable unit and this would be great for those that compete in comps. Sorry I couldn’t be more help with your question. Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Jay

  6. Nice review. I completely agree that a remote monitor/alarm would be a real improvement to this unit. I haven’t used this model exactly but as an avid cook, hobby pitmaster and food safety professional I’ve used many Thermoworks products and have a great deal of respect for the company and their products.

    • Thanks Big D! Thermoworks has some great people working for them. Anytime I have called in with a question they have been nothing but helpful. I am very happy with all the products I have used from them too. Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Jay

  7. Jay – you have knocked this review outta da paaaaahk! Seriously well done – excellent photos – and you even use a frogmat! Nice!

    • Thanks so much Kevin! I am very blessed to get to do reviews on some really great stuff! That frogmat works really well on my new Grilla. I think I need to get some more for my other smokers ;) Thanks for leaving a comment Kevin!

      Jay

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