I passed a stove shop today and thought I'd pick up a thermometer for my woodstove. Using my best French, I asked for a thermometer. They went into the back storeroom and handed me something that looked much like a tin can lid with a small dial and some numbers on it. Again, using my best French, I asked for the price, figuring it couldn't be too expensive. Boy, was I wrong. They were asking the equivalent of $180! I even saw the figure printed in their catalog so I knew I wasn't the only one they're taking advantage of. I must admit I haven't done my research and looked at prices online. Who knows, maybe $180 is a steal. But I doubt it and will gracefully eat my words if I'm wrong. Infrared thermometers don't even go for prices like that. Now I know who owns the Jaguar parked in front of the showroom. So, I'm headed to eBay and Home Depot online to do a little research on prices.