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wire mesh pot stand - galvanized?
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cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
wire mesh pot stand - galvanized? on 06/13/2006 15:46:10 MDT Print View

I've been looking around for suitable wire mesh to make a potstand, but all I can find is galvanized steel - is this what everyone is using? isn't this a problem since galvanized emits toxic vapor when heated?


David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: wire mesh pot stand - galvanized? on 06/13/2006 15:51:36 MDT Print View

I use what's commonly called "hardware cloth". Home depot with have it.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: wire mesh pot stand - galvanized? on 06/13/2006 15:52:57 MDT Print View

I *think* that once you've burned off the zinc there're no more fumes generated, so you only have to go through the process once. Perhaps our chemist-types can verify?

You might also look for stainless mesh as an alternative. I've got an old stainless wire mesh pot support that's held up well over the years (didn't seem to lose as much strength as common hardware cloth).

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
GALVANIZED WIRE MESH on 06/13/2006 16:59:16 MDT Print View

Home Depot only has galvanized - I haven't been able to find stainless anywhere yet.

I was wondering about burning off the galvanized toxic part - just didn't know how long/hot it would take. Go out back with the blowtorch and stand upwind and get 'er done...

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: GALVANIZED WIRE MESH on 06/14/2006 10:42:02 MDT Print View

McMaster Carr has it, but in quantities sufficient to supply the entire forum.

Search "wire mesh" products, or see # 9327T626 as an example.

Getting back to galvanized, I've got to believe that the amount of zinc given off is miniscule and quite harmless in an outdoor setting.

The only toxic effect from zinc fumes I've been able to find in the literature is something called zinc or metal fume fever, which can affect welders and foundry workers exposed to high concentrations for extended periods.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
wire mesh pot stand on 06/14/2006 11:08:14 MDT Print View

I guess I should be dissapointed that my wood stove thread isn't being read by many here.

I made a point twice to list where I get my Stainless Steel Wire Mesh but I guess no one read it.

I have used a lot of Galvanized wire mesh and it just doesn't last long enough.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
bill - i read about your wire mesh on 06/14/2006 11:25:09 MDT Print View

and have emailed aaron

thanks ;)

by the way - beautiful stove you've made

i think over the winter i may work on a wood burner - i'm curious about the gassifying models

David Patterson
(davidp80) - F
Re: wire mesh pot stand - galvanized? on 06/14/2006 11:34:47 MDT Print View

At Lowe's you can find a small roll of non-galvanized wire mesh in with the gutter repair and maintenance parts. I used it for the first popcan stove I ever made, and it worked sufficiently well, although it did melt under my extremely hot Jetboil flame (experimentation gone wrong....). Good luck,


Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Wire mesh pot stand on 06/14/2006 11:39:02 MDT Print View

Thanks for the comments. I hope you can still get some SS Mesh from Aaron.

I am trying to uderstand the "gassifing idea" but really don't yet.

Maybe the BPL article coming up will explaine it in a simple "comic book" style.

Tanveer Amit
(amonty) - F
Wire Mesh on 06/22/2010 15:53:43 MDT Print View

Welded wire mesh has wide applications in the construction, agricultural and engineering industries, due to its high rigidity and strength. It is increasingly used in security applications and as machine guards.
The popular sizes are available from stock in standard sheets and rolls.
We can offer a cut to size panel service and supply non-standard mesh sizes to order.

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Stephen Adamczyk
(shootera3) - F
wire mesh on 06/24/2010 08:40:16 MDT Print View

I have some stainless steel mesh, let me know what size you need, I will send you some.

bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
Re: wire mesh on 06/27/2010 19:09:19 MDT Print View

I get mine from a mason buddy. They use it as reinforcement in the mortar joints or something. They just throw the scraps or recycle but there is plenty so the softening effect of constant reheating can be battled by simply making more.

Matthew Dunn
(Boddunn) - F

Locale: Kirby Muxloe
Re: wire mesh pot stand - galvanized? on 06/29/2010 10:29:39 MDT Print View

I used to be a galvanizer and zinc flu is no joke, I saw 3 people hospitalised from it and they weren't too keen on the experience.
Having said that the amount of fumes would be minimal from wire and they do burn off so a few well ventilated burnings would help. Alternatively hydrochloric acid dissolves it and makes cool foam you can burn (there's hydrogen in the bubbles), a thorough rinse should stop any further corrosion from the acid although the wire won't have any rust protection obviously.