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:
can you heat the cup with the insulators on, and not melt them?
I chose silicon insulators because of its ability to resist heat. No problems with melting.
"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.
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.
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. ;)
I just coated mine with silicon caulk. I happened to be caulking windows at the time and used the leftovers.
A picture would be nice. How did you get the handles smooth?
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.
I didn't get it smooth. 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.
I knew that! I just continued the precedent from the thread.
Just a report from the field - the insulators worked well in the field.
i know this topic is old but how did you get the tubing onto the handles?
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
thanks that thread helped heaps.
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.
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