Chicken, Probe & Camera Trauma

And now for something completely different. Frivolous, even.

Beer Butt Chicken

I made another round of Beer Butt Chicken over the weekend. Perfect. Key difference this time around was using a temperature probe to monitor the internal temperature of the bird. Kill the grill when it hits about 140 to 145 degrees. Leave the birds on the grill and their internal temperature will climb a bit before removal. Perfect, juicy, flavor infused chicken meat will result. I used a ton of rosemary from my neighbor’s rosemary hedge (yes, it grows as a hedge around here).

I can only imagine that a chicken would be traumatized by the thought of a beer can being shoved inside of it. Of course, grilling has to be pretty traumatizing. Then again, chickens are pretty much vegetables on two feet, as far as I can tell. Not much going on there.

As previously documented, the temperature probe on my digital thermometer burns out when exposed to high temperatures. Well, I just burned through another one.

Now, Taylor has excellent customer service and would be happy to send me new ones cheap. But I’m not really stoked by the idea of burning through a probe every three meals or so. Any ideas? Maybe wrap the probe wire in aluminum foil prior to use?

The big trauma over the weekend was camera related. My camera rolled off the counter while in the nicely padded bag. I didn’t think much of it. Until I tried to use it to go shoot some cala lillies in the evening sun.

Couldn’t get the lens cap off. Uh oh. Finally get it off to be faced with shattered glass.

No good. Hopefully only the UV filter on the end is actually broken. Without poking at it further, I hopped in the car and headed to San Jose Camera. A helpful employee immediately grabbed the lens, a small screwdriver and a pair of pliers. He proceeded to pop the broken bits out of the lens and bend, then rip, the ring of the filter out of the lens.

After some careful cleaning with an air blower, it turns out that the front element of the lens is completely undamaged. Not a single mark on it at all.

Looks like that $40 UV filter paid for itself more than 10x over. If you have a digital SLR, I would highly recommend grabbing a cheap, but decent, NULL filter for the end of the lens.

5 Responses to “Chicken, Probe & Camera Trauma”

  1. corbin says:

    I’m soo buying a filter for my camera ASAP.

  2. Fraser Speirs says:

    I’ve had problems with UV filters causing weird flare in night shots. I keep one on my big zoom, but I’ve taken it off my 50mm. For example:

  3. Guido says:

    I got a very high quality lens from my father (to heavy for him now) and the first I’ve done was buying a set of decent filters – for protection and for effects.

    Definitely a good idea!

  4. Amie says:

    With a toddler in the house, we wouldn’t think of having a cam around without the filter. It was probably the smartest accessory the sales gent talked us into.

  5. John C. Randolph says:

    Oh, man.. That must have been the most sickening feeling..


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