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Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 07/09/2008 18:25:33 MDT Print View

I noticed that the handles of my SnowPeak 600 get hot when I cook because the heat goes around the small base diameter. I found some small diameter silicon tubing at my local hobby shop that works perfectly and was only $1 per foot. Here's a photo:

SnowPeak600 Insulated Handles

Jesse Brent
(jessebrent) - F
insulators on 07/10/2008 13:13:51 MDT Print View

can you heat the cup with the insulators on, and not melt them?

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Silicone insulators on 07/10/2008 17:46:33 MDT Print View

I chose silicon insulators because of its ability to resist heat. No problems with melting.

D LARSON
(epilektric) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 07/10/2008 17:50:04 MDT Print View

"can you heat the cup with the insulators on, and not melt them?"

I was wondering about that too. I've noticed some slight burning/melting on the rubber insulators on my GSI halulite pots.

I wonder if some of that liquid rubber handle stuff would have more tolerance to heat.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 07/10/2008 18:24:23 MDT Print View

The liquid rubber stuff sold for making handles on tools is usually a 'polyurethane dip'. This will NOT have the same high temp performance as silicon rubber: that far exceeds that of the PU.

D LARSON
(epilektric) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Polyurethane handles vs. Silicon on 07/11/2008 02:02:06 MDT Print View

Thanks Roger! The stuff on my cook pots looks a lot like that plasti-dip stuff so now I'm wondering if I should just take it off and go the silicon route. Maybe I'll wait 'till they're a little more burnt up. ;)

Michael Mangold
(mkmangold) - F
Silicon-coated handles on 07/13/2008 22:04:56 MDT Print View

I just coated mine with silicon caulk. I happened to be caulking windows at the time and used the leftovers.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Silicon-coated handles on 07/14/2008 04:04:46 MDT Print View

A picture would be nice. How did you get the handles smooth?

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
stickler on 07/14/2008 10:48:38 MDT Print View

I don't mean to be a stickler, but for the sake of clarity, it's siliCONE, not siliCON. SiliCON is an element. SiliCONE is a heat resistant, rubbery polymer that gets it's name from the fact that it's chemical formula includes siliCON atoms.

Michael Mangold
(mkmangold) - F
Re: Re: Silicon-coated handles on 07/14/2008 11:02:07 MDT Print View

I didn't get it smoothPic of not-too-smooth siliconE handles. In fact I call this pic "Ugly." It insulates VERY well but I would advise against putting the siliconE at the bottom since it just burns off the first time.

Michael Mangold
(mkmangold) - F
Re: stickler on 07/14/2008 11:03:28 MDT Print View

I knew that! I just continued the precedent from the thread.

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 07/21/2008 18:30:10 MDT Print View

Just a report from the field - the insulators worked well in the field.

Jay Trent
(jay590) - F

Locale: blue mountains, Australia
Re: SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 05/02/2009 22:45:15 MDT Print View

i know this topic is old but how did you get the tubing onto the handles?

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: Re: SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 05/02/2009 23:03:50 MDT Print View

check out this thread also...the handles just pull out top and bottom.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=12887&skip_to_post=95786#95786

Jay Trent
(jay590) - F

Locale: blue mountains, Australia
Re: Re: Re: SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 05/02/2009 23:24:09 MDT Print View

thanks that thread helped heaps.

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
SnowPeak 600 Handle Insulators on 05/03/2009 05:59:04 MDT Print View

Jay, sorry for missing your question. A little soapy water makes installation a lot easier. After awhile the soap and water dries and the tubing stays put. I've had the same tubing on mine since the original install with no problems. It even survived some alcohol stove testing where the flames were coming around the bottom of the pot.