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do I need welders gloves?

dougemsmacksdougemsmacks Posts: 152
edited 4:20PM in EggHead Forum
do I need welders gloves I ask this because I had a hard time getting higher temps. last knight. Today I am doing a dry run, I am up to 650 and can not open the lid without a flame and loss of hair. Top is off and the bottom is open. It is holding at 650 but if I open the top slightly smoke rolls in and temp shoots up to almost 700. How do you guys cook a steak or pizza without going hairless? Or maybe I am doing something wrong. help :pinch:


  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,092
    Yes you do need something...I got welders gloves for Xmas...they are great $40 at HD or Lowes...
  • dougemsmacksdougemsmacks Posts: 152
    so I am not crazy this is what happens at these temps?
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,092 burns easily at high temps... :P
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,247
    Haair vaporizes at those high temps. I had welders gloves, the $5 pair from the orient and after a few months they were useless. Now have a pair of ORKA about $20 a pair. My mistake was getting the short pair. Recomendation the elbow length. Allows me the chance to play with a platesetter with dome at 650F as long as I am quick. Do not plan on holding the hot plate setter to long.

    Many places have them on sale.

    Here is one!
  • dougemsmacksdougemsmacks Posts: 152
    I actually have the silicon gloves, they are short but they wash easily if you handle hot greasy stuff. un-like oven mitts which require washing and stain easy.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,247
    Mine get too greasy, I just toss them in the pool or spa and shake to drain and dry.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    If the temp zooms when you lift the lid, what you need is a wiggle stick. You have small coals and ash choking off your airflow, hence the explosion in the fire when you lift the lid. Take a coat hanger and straighten it then bend about six inches from the end about 60 degrees. Insert the bent end into the vent door and feel for the holes in the fire grate. Push the wire up into the holes and wiggle it. This will get your air flowing. I don't care for welding gloves, they get saturated with grease and then conduct heat rather than insulate it. -RP
  • DutDut Posts: 81
    Best ones I've tried are from Ace Hardware. Grill Life(?)Gloves.
  • DutDut Posts: 81
    A dutch oven lid lifter works very well for this.

  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I actually by fireplace gloves, which are thick leather and nearly as heat resistant as welders gloves and just as long.

    I buy them in the spring for $2-3 per pair and buy 5-6 pairs. As they get nasty and saturated and worn, I toss them and get another pair.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,035
    excuse me - but $40 for a pair of welder's gloves from orange or blue??? Did you get a chunk of the cow they came from as well at that price? I'm QUITE happy with my Orkas and have been burnt mor than once using welders gloves.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • Old SaltOld Salt Posts: 357
    I use welders gloves and also have a pair of gloves I bought from Texas BBQ Rub. Both help to keep the heat from burning my hands.
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