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Pot Lifter - MYOG
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Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Pot Lifter - MYOG on 02/27/2006 11:08:51 MST Print View

I have several pot lifters and a couple are very light. I was in one of my local outfitters last week to buy a Brunton Optimus NOVA liquid fuel stove.

I looked at an MSR Titanium Cook Pot set that had a nice looking pot lifter as part of the set. I asked about the pot lifter and was told MSR sells them seperate for $12.95. It weighs 1oz.

I have a bunch of small pieces of aluminum and titanium left over from other projects and decided I would try and make a new pot lifter. I made several paper card stock models and played with them until I came up with a design that I thought might work.

I made the first version out of some thin aluminum. I made a few changes and this one works well. It will lift a mostly full 1.5 L pot of water OK. The aluminum version weighs 13.3 grams or 0.47oz.

My plan is to make a titanium version and expect it will weigh about half the aluminum version or about 0.25oz to 0.30oz.

Edited by bfornshell on 04/04/2013 20:08:01 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Again, Nicely done... on 02/27/2006 11:25:29 MST Print View

Bill, did you just 'roll' the outer handle around a pen or something?

MSR LiteLifter (for reference)

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Pot Lifter - MYOG on 02/27/2006 11:31:13 MST Print View

Bill, Nice design.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Pot Lifter - MYOG on 02/27/2006 15:06:57 MST Print View

Joshua asked:

Q - 1. Bill, did you just 'roll' the outer handle around a pen or something?

A - 1. I used a screw driver clamped to my work bench. Sorry it happened so fast I didn't take a picture. This is what it looks like:

Edited by bfornshell on 03/30/2013 12:06:13 MDT.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Yea! on 02/27/2006 21:08:17 MST Print View

Really good idea! Keep us posted about developments!

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Screwdriver on 02/28/2006 07:34:45 MST Print View

Nice, I knew you had to have used a 'form' of some sort as I doubt even you could get a round that good 'freehand'.

This is going in my bookmarks for when I get time after baby is born.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Pot Lifter - MYOG on 03/04/2006 15:39:42 MST Print View

Joshua, You might want to save this thread to a PDF file. It might disappear without warning. I seemed to have overstepped "the Chaff" boundary and so anything with my name on it might be fair game for the big deleter in the sky.

Missing thread on 03/05/2006 10:04:25 MST Print View

Bill - it was the whole thread that went missing, not just your post. I don't think it was you specifically that caused this so much as the degeneration of the entire thread. You caught a fair amount of flack, and things got a bit personal.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Pot Lifter - MYOG on 04/08/2010 23:29:54 MDT Print View

PM with a Pot Lifter Question on - April 8, 2010

Q -What thickness of aluminum did you use to make it? And what type of fastener did you use on the finished product? Is it something I, someone without a machine shop but with a carpenter father, would be able to reproduce?

A - Hi,

When I was trying to get my gear list below the "SUL" 5 pound level I looked at every item that was on (back then) my gear list. My first goal was to try and reduce each items weight by at least 50%.

When I got to my Pot Lifter I looked at what I had been using and looked at the new MSR Pot Lifter. I liked the design of the MSR item and decided to make a copy but out of lighter material.

The aluminum I used was 1/32 of and inch thick. After playing with my pattern mockup I cut the aluminum using a pair of tin snips. Then I did the final shaping with a file. I drilled the holes and made a "rivet" out of some aluminum round rod material. I buy this at a local hobby shop. The round rod was about 5/32 inch. I cut a short piece and put one end into the three pieces that make up the handles of the pot lifter. I put the pot handle on its side and laying on that large flat chisel you see me using to bend the aluminum. I hit the end of the aluminum a few times until I made a cap of sorts on one end. Then I trimmed most of the other end of the aluminum rod and did the same to that end. I now had a small cap on each end of the aluminum rod - making a rivet to hold it all together. Don't make it so tight you can't work the handle.

I practiced making the rivet a few times before I did it on the Pot Lifter.

Most of the tools I use are simple hand tools.

When I first made this Pot Lifter I planned on making another one but using some thin Titanium. The aluminum was light enough and work fine. I never made the Titanium version.

John Addleman
(Jaddleman) - F

Locale: Boulder
Cool! on 04/09/2010 10:34:31 MDT Print View

Thanks for bumping this.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Re: Pot Lifter - MYOG on 07/21/2011 12:54:27 MDT Print View

Nice design.

Are you able to lift a pot and turn sideways to pour water out into a freezer bag or is it limited to lifting only?

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Re: Pot Lifter - MYOG on 07/21/2011 18:43:59 MDT Print View

Hi Dan,

I haven't seen this thread in about a year.

Your answer is YES, no problem. I just ran a couple of tests. This is a rather large pot and one I would use to melt snow and dry bake in. It is 6 -1/2" across and 3 " deep. I put 4 cups of water in the pot and poured it like your question asks. No problem at all. The 4 cups fills the pot about 2/3. I then filled the pot to the top [6 cups and 1569.8 grams or 3.46 pounds of weight] and poured. I still have great control and no sliding of the pot lifter.

This pot has a nice lip on it so it is easy to get a good grip.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
Pot lifter on 07/21/2011 21:09:05 MDT Print View

Are these for sale?

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Pot lifter on 07/22/2011 11:25:16 MDT Print View

No, I don't sell the things I make. I do encourage others to make their own gear.

Henk Smees
(theflyingdutchman) - MLife

Locale: Spanish Mountains
Ti foil on 07/22/2011 13:17:06 MDT Print View

Hi Bill,

Thanks for encouraging others to make their own gear. You taught me a lot over the last couple of years.

Just came across this post and, since I have some Ti-foil scrap laying around which is 0.003" thick (bought it from Steve at Suluk46), I'm thinking of replacing my pot lifter (weight: 31gr. - just over an ounce). Do you think this Ti-foil will be sturdy enough? I would use same with one of the BPL Firelite SUL Titanium Cookpots I have (1350 for groups, 550 when solo). As you might know, these pots don't have a large rim, so it might be a bit trickier to have it working well.

Many thanks in advance.

Henk - The Flying Dutchman

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Pot Lifter - MYOG on 03/28/2013 12:55:08 MDT Print View

Bill, what were the dimensions of this pot holder?

Edited by lindahlb on 03/28/2013 13:14:02 MDT.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Re: Pot Lifter - MYOG on 03/30/2013 12:16:19 MDT Print View

Hi Brian,

Does this give you what you are looking for?

 photo PotLifter006_zpscd6d06a5.jpg

Edited by bfornshell on 03/30/2013 12:29:27 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Pot lifter on 03/30/2013 12:40:10 MDT Print View

I ignored this before because I don't need a pot lifter, but

I like the progression from 1st to 2nd version - simpler, I can see your thinking evolving

"No, I don't sell the things I make. I do encourage others to make their own gear."

Yeah - selling things is such a pain, obnoxious customers that are never happy, it's hard to make a profitable business with overhead and everything, I really respect all the people here that make and sell things. Making many copies of the same thing gets boring.

It's interesting how the commercial version weighs twice as much or more and has extra features that are un-necesary. They don't care too much about weight. They like "features" the marketing people can spin. They don't appreciate simplicity. That's why you have to make it yourself. Plus, you get to experience the creativity of designing and making something.

It's interesting you posted this in 2006, and you're still here, 7 years later.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Re: Re: Pot lifter on 03/30/2013 13:47:10 MDT Print View

Hi Jerry,

I have been a member here since 24 August 2003, that makes it almost 10 years.

I might be the oldest continues member if you don't count some guy named Ryan Jordan or other "staff" members.

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Pot Lifter - MYOG on 04/01/2013 09:25:16 MDT Print View

That's perfect. Thanks!