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Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
pot lifters on 05/18/2010 15:13:33 MDT Print View

What are some creative ideas for making pot lifters or some sort of substitute for those pots that do not come with any wire handles? I've got a 1L pot that resembles an Antigravity Gear pot.

I'm trying to find something other than a bandana or piece of clothing that weighs less than 1 ounce.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: pot lifters on 05/18/2010 15:22:12 MDT Print View

Check out Bill Fornshell's work on MYOG.


Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: pot lifters on 05/18/2010 15:23:50 MDT Print View

a piece of stiff-ish wire as a bail

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
silicone on 05/18/2010 15:51:30 MDT Print View

find some of those silicone pot grabbers at the grocery store and cut them down so you would only need a couple of fingers.

something like this:

or GSI has one that comes with their pot.

Edited by rcowman on 05/18/2010 15:54:12 MDT.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: silicone on 05/18/2010 17:36:41 MDT Print View

Cool idea. How much does one of the grippers weight? (the smaller ones)

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
pot lifters on 05/18/2010 17:59:16 MDT Print View

I have to carry a knife with pliers (Leatherman Squirt P4) anyway because I don't have the strength/dexterity in my fingertips to deal with strap adjustments (especially when a strap end pulls almost out of the buckle with only a tiny part protruding). I use the pliers as a potlifter. This knife is 1.9 oz. If you don't otherwise need pliers, then you'd need to factor the difference in weight if you normally carry a lighter knife.

My attempts at using a bandanna ended up with lots of burned sections in the bandanna. And once the bandanna is wet (necessary to put out the fire, lol!), it's useless until it dries. Good idea to turn the stove off first! :-)

Some googling will turn up lots of ideas for homemade pot lifters. Here's one from Bill Fornshell:
I once found one on a stove website (not Wings) made from aluminum strapping (the kind those of us in earthquake-prone areas use to tie down our water heaters), but I have lost the bookmark.

Edited by hikinggranny on 05/18/2010 18:04:09 MDT.

Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
foil insulation on 05/18/2010 18:38:18 MDT Print View

I use a piece of foil insulation as a pot gripper. It's the same stuff I use to make my pot cozies. It works very well and is the lightest solution that I have found thus far.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: pot lifters on 05/18/2010 20:21:58 MDT Print View

The answer can depend on what pot you are using. If it is aluminium then you are going to need something to take the heat.

However, I cook with an MSR Titan 1.5 L pot, over a canister stove. I can normally pick this up at the rim with my bare fingers while the stove is running at low power. Can't get much lighter than that.


Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: pot lifters on 05/18/2010 20:26:06 MDT Print View

Roger neglected to say that he had Nomex fabric surgically implanted on his bare fingers at an early age.


Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: pot lifters on 05/18/2010 23:02:50 MDT Print View

You could easily install a Ti Spoke bail handle. The weight is negligible.

Manny Moe and Jack
BPL Firelite SUL Ti pots: Manny, Moe and Jack. With Ti Spoke Bail handles.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
silicone on 05/18/2010 23:12:45 MDT Print View

my GSI silicone gripper is 0.4oz without being trimmed or anything.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
pot lifters on 05/18/2010 23:30:53 MDT Print View

How about the new Snow Peak Hot Lips.hotlips

Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Ti spokes on 05/19/2010 01:06:35 MDT Print View

Where can you get Ti spokes? Well first question, what are Ti spokes?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Ti spokes on 05/19/2010 01:23:51 MDT Print View

Titanium bicycle spokes.


Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: pot lifters on 05/19/2010 12:41:22 MDT Print View

Bail for a small pot

JJ Mathes
(JMathes) - F

Locale: Southeast US
pot lifter on 05/19/2010 14:26:34 MDT Print View

KT- "How about the new Snow Peak Hot Lips."

these clip on, you only have the "lip" on the outside, nothing inside to offer protection from heat

Daniel Goldenberg
(DanG) - M
Re: pot lifter on 05/19/2010 14:34:52 MDT Print View

3 of those little rubber things that you put on your finger to turn the page.

Edited by DanG on 05/19/2010 14:36:09 MDT.

Mike S
(MikeyLXT) - F

Locale: Maryland
Re: Re: pot lifter on 05/19/2010 15:02:54 MDT Print View

I have NEVER seen anything like that before....

Daniel Goldenberg
(DanG) - M
Re: Re: Re: pot lifter on 05/19/2010 15:56:54 MDT Print View

And in case anybody is wondering, these are not to be used as marital aids.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: pot lifter using finger tip things on 05/29/2010 19:41:40 MDT Print View

cool idea - i remembered seeing a small box of these in a drawer when I was looking for something else last week. I'm going to test them soon.

Three of them weighs 5 grams

finger lifter