I've got a charcoal grill, and one of the more frustrating things trying to master how to cook on it is trying to gauge the temperature of the grill because so many different grilling recipes use different grilling temperatures. Sometimes, I wonder if I should have just joined the dark side and gone gas.
But, one thing all those different grilling recipes share is the ubiquitous method to measure how hot the grill is by using the hand test where you place your hand over the grill and see how long you can keep your hand over the grill. The longer you can keep your hand over the grill, the hotter the grill and vice versa.
Maybe, its just me, but that seems like an incredibly flawed and inconsistent method. I'm a weenie and my threshold for pain is going to much lower than somebody who cooks a lot with asbestos hands. (I've seen some cooking shows on TV where somebody basically reached their hand into flickering flames to grab something). Whereas I might have to flinch and remove my hand after half a second, another person might be able to keep their hand over that same heat for 3 or 4 seconds.
So, I thought, maybe a better method would be to use a grill thermometer. So, what are your favorites for a grill thermometer and/or the features to look for.