Mar 12, 2011 at 7:43 am #1270413
I bought a titanium pot from Backcountry, their own model on sale for $25, not bad. Only thing is handles are bare. I was thinking heat resistant duct tape would work, anyone have experience with it? if so, roughly how thick will I need to go?Mar 12, 2011 at 8:07 am #1707829
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
My Evernew has handles with silicone insulation
You could smear silicone caulk on the handlesMar 12, 2011 at 8:59 am #1707848
Maybe even make a small plastic mold to squeeze the caulk into so it forms a more cylindrical shape around the handles? Then again, I wouldnt even need to cover the entire length of the handle; I only use my pots for boiling, never eating or sipping, so I only need to handle it long enough to pour. I've been wanting to experiment with heat resis. DT for some time now, so maybe I'll try both methods.
edit. I just remembered when my father used to come home from phone work with these little red silicone caps, maybe I could find something similar pre-fabed at home depot. On my way to the depot now!Mar 12, 2011 at 9:37 am #1707871
Never done it, but some ideas:
1. Silicone tubing with a slit cut along it's length so it can be put on.
2. Heat shrink tubing – not too sure about the heat resistant properties of the olefin (sp?) material, and you need a heat gun to shrink it.Mar 12, 2011 at 9:59 am #1707876
Yea, thought of that. Just got back from the depot, and a guy who camps told me the best and easiest is just a bandana, and I agree with him.Mar 12, 2011 at 10:33 am #1707888
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
The sliced tubing sounds good and easy. If you can cut it in a spiral, it might stay in place better.
Heat shrink tubing may un-shrink under fire so to speak.
The bandana is low tech and multi-use.Mar 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm #1708021
Has anyone tried that plastic/rubber dip paint that you use on tool handles Im not sure if it holds up to heat. Or could the handles be removed then tubing slid on and then reinstalledMar 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm #1708026
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
One of my titanium mugs has handles with no insulation, so I just wrapped them with a bit of ordinary aluminum foil. Even if the titanium wire handles conduct some heat out from the mug, and even if some of the burner flame licks up around the handles, the aluminum foil never seems to be affected.
Aluminum wire handles on an aluminum mug will probably conduct a lot more heat.
–B.G.–Mar 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm #1708031
Saw this a while back – involves removing the handle to put silicone tubing on.Mar 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm #1708035
BTW, if the flame is not too wide and you keep the handles apart they will be usually cool enough to pick up without any insulation.
If the flame is too wide , than it is too wide.
FrancoMar 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm #1708041
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"If the flame is too wide , than it is too wide."
Why didn't I think of that?
I have one or two tiny burners that make flame patterns that are too wide for certain mugs and cook pots. So, I got out my titanium foil scraps and put some together into one strip that is 0.75 inch wide and about 11 inches long. Then I curled the strip around and made interlocking tabs on the ends. That made a circular strip or ring, and I cut some notches in it so that it sits on the three pot supports of one of the tiny burners. In effect, it makes a flame containment ring, and the mug sits on top of the ring. It weighs just a few grams. After a minute of use, the ring gets orange hot, but that does not bother the titanium.
–B.G.–Mar 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm #1708095
Just wondering…can you remove your pot handles? If so, the solution is easy. Get the right diameter silicone tubing, cut it to length for each handle, spray a bit of WD-40 in one end, and slide it on (with a little effort). I do this with all my bare ti pot handles, and it works great. If your handles can't be removed, then see the above posts…
Edit–Jason beat me to it
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