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Run without it on high temp. Control with just the bottom vent.
I assume you have the protective tab cover. OTOH I used to have that burn problem until it dawned on me to keep the tab out of harms way and it will not get nearly as hot. Look closely how the tab is always adjusted so it stands to the left of the opening and not directly in the opening.
Somebody just make a handle that slips over the one on the SW cap and doesn't fry my hand on high temp cooks. I bump it around with tongs most the time.
I do have the rubber tab but its not enough on high temps for my little digits no matter how I adjust it. Need an L shaped handle that will slip over the tab and move further away from the vent