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Welding Gloves!

This topic has probably been beaten to death, but let's talk a minute about gloves.  Or Mitts or "Fireplace Gloves" or whathaveyou for getting hot things off the BGE.  I just bought a silicone "hybrid" mitt (Mastrad Orka Pro 11" combi mitt with silicone exterior and some kind of terry cloth liner) and a pair of Tillman "HighHeat 820" Welding gloves.  This was in response to singing all the hair off of my left arm and earning a couple of 2'nd degree "handling burns" from my new BGE.  After one evening's worth of comparitive testing, I can report that both models of glove work well, with the Tillman Gloves edging out the silicone mitt.  I deliberately used the mitt to move a 450 degree Wok around the direct flame grill with no ill effects for about a minute.  Then I used the Tillman gloves to remove the grill and insert the Platesetter, replace the grill and set the pizza stone in place (we were making grilled stuffed burrito's - eat yer heart out, Taco Bell!).   Once the thermometer got to 500F I opened the lid and turned the basket containing the burritos, using the Orka Pro Mitt.  I felt the heat on my hands but not to an uncomfortable degree.  The 'grippiness' of the Orka was a huge relief, as I have had unfortunate experiences in the past with this same set up and a regular oven pot-holder.  Then I closed the lid and let the BGE climb back up to about 600F.  After carefully 'burping' the top (something you forget to do exactly once), I used the Tillman Gloves to both flip the Burrito Basket and remove the  Pizza Stone.  Amazing!  No sense of heat build up in either case.  Who would have thought that a pair of leather and wool welding gloves would beat high-tech silicone?  Then, just to prove the point, I removed the grill and reached down into the pit and re-distributed the burning Lump.  Just to see if I could do it.  No heat, no worries.  My vote for high-heat gloves goes to the pair of Tillman "High Heat 820" gloves I bought from Central Welding Supply.


  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    I got some welding gloves from Home Depot - best money I ever spent - well except for the Egg, Thermapen, Maverick, etc....


    Cookin in Texas
  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    I've had a pair of fireplace gloves for a while that's I've used to handle hot grates and chimneys.  I really want to get a pair of silicone gloves for handling food on and off the smoker.

    LBGE with a massive wish list
    Athens, Ga.
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    ANOTHER wish list item, cause when i grab my platesetter with my present "oven mittens", i just do, get it to the storage spot before i HAVE TO drop it!!!  I'll be stopping at my big box store to investigate their welding gloves!!  Thanks for the recommendation..
  • GK59GK59 Posts: 501
    I wrote about burnt digits a while back. Glad you found some good ones. 
    Moving a HOT PS will get get you sooner or later. I still can't see where a 20 buck pair is all one needs. 
    My 2 cents.

    Smitty's Kid's BBQ

    Bay City,MI

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,214
    Great first post - Welcome!
    I've seen Tilman gloves but no idea what model. Will look for the 820.
    Todate, I've not dropped my setter, using a pair of channel locks and my ash tool to get it out. There have been close calls but no accidents yet. Again, thanks. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,488
    Real Men don't need no steenkin' gloves.
    Sent via Tapa-Nose
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    I've used a pair of all leather welding gloves for years... I can move a hot pizza stone, platesetter or cast iron grid... but I shake them off as soon as I can... The leather gets HOT and will burn you after you've set down the hot piece.  
  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    Botch said:
    Real Men don't need no steenkin' gloves.
    Sent via Tapa-Nose

    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,864
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 419

    I attempted to remove my PS the other day, after cooking at 400 for about an hour.  My leather welding gloves gave me about 6 seconds of holding time before I had to put it down.  I didn't have a decent place to put it, so I just set it back in the Egg. 

    So, I ended up cooking burgers indirectly.  The taste just wasn't the same.  The burnt fingertips didn't help the situation either. I've had some crappy cooking experiences, but that one took the cake.   

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 4,848
    @SaltySam, when it happened to me, I had to put it down on the gasket in desperation  :((
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