Well, this is really a cooking question....but here goes! We had the idea of using an infrared non contact thermometer....like for example the HVAC guys use, to check the temp of water heating in a pan, or oil heating in a fryer. I have a small, inexpensive one, and when I try to do water ( haven't tried it on oil yet) it seems to read right through the liquid and pick up the temperature of the steel pan. I put a pan on, the water was still cold, and almost immediately, the bottom of the pan was hot enough to burn your finger and the thermometer was reading 128 Is it possible to measure the temp of cooking oil with a non contact thermometer? Help me out here!!!