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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 06:24:34 MDT Print View

I'm having a hard time dealing with the heat conductivity on Titanium. I had a small idea that I could cook a meal in my 750ml pot and then eat out of it, but I can't pick up the thing. The handles get really hot, glove-melting hot, and the sides get worse.

I'm looking to solve this one of two ways: I know pot cozies exist, but having never used one, I can't tell if they're for keeping food warm or for allowing you to hold a hot pot. Second, I considered wrapping my handles in tape, but I don't know what kind of tape to use that wouldn't melt during cooking.

What do you guys use to pick up hot pots without adding too much weight?

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Silicone on 03/20/2013 06:46:34 MDT Print View

Various silicone treatments that can handle high heat or a thin UL silicone hot pad sold at cooking supply stores

Bogs and Bergs
(Islandized) - F

Locale: Newfoundland
Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 06:50:04 MDT Print View

I second Steven on the silicone hot mat from housewares, just trim it down. Also, the little silicone grippers that look like conjoined thimbles.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Wool gloves or a bandana on 03/20/2013 06:54:25 MDT Print View

I remove the handles from all of my pots and use my wool glove liners or a bandana as my pot holder.

I only boil water in my pot but yes a 1-2 oz pot cozy helps tremendously in keeping your food warm and maximizing your fuel efficiency. I just bring my water to near boiling temperatures, add it to my pasta or whatever (in a freezer bag,) and then leave it in my cozy for as long as needed. Seems to lose about 1* per minute but I haven't done extensive studies on my cozy's performance yet.

From a weight penalty perspective, the cozy pays for itself in fuel efficency.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 07:08:22 MDT Print View

If the handles can easily be removed, find some silicone tubing to slide over them. A quick spray of WD-40 will help thread the silicone. I do this with all my pots, including my MSR Titan kettle (which I think you also use).

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 07:18:19 MDT Print View

I made a lid for my Snow Peak 600 out of a thin silicone baking sheet. I cut it right to size so there's no overhang to burn. It has a little nylon cord handle.

This doubles as a gripper for the pot handles. Be warned that the silicone gets pretty hot, but upon removing it as a lid, it will cool off in a few seconds.

Here's the thread :

Edited by T.L. on 03/20/2013 07:21:18 MDT.

Jan S
Re: Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 07:25:51 MDT Print View

Separate handles also work well and you have a bit more time before your fingers burn while you eat out of your pot. I like the Trangia ones, but then a Trangia was my first cookset/stove. I think almost every company makes some ranging from not so light to very light, with silicone grips and without.

Re: Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 07:50:13 MDT Print View


Since noone mentioned it yet, to clarify:
You can get a cozy for your pot or you can get a cozy for your bag. Whichever one you will be cooking in.


Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Silicone looks good on 03/20/2013 08:09:57 MDT Print View

Thanks for the advice guys. I like the idea of the silicone grippers AND the pot cozy, but I will probably just opt for the grippers. I don't mind if my food loses heat- it's still food.

I have the Toaks 750ML pot, which looks to be a copy of the Stoic 700ml pot. I was originally going with the Titan kettle, but the shipping from Amazon was going to take weeks (not pleased!). I saved some money with the Toaks pot.

Silicone electrical tape wound around the handles- anyone use this to success?

Jon Fong
(jonfong) - F

Re: Silicone looks good on 03/20/2013 08:48:16 MDT Print View

I myself like carbon felt: lightweight and a great insulator. Cut out a small round disk and you can use it as a pot holder.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Silicone looks good on 03/20/2013 08:58:27 MDT Print View

I have those orange silicone things that you stick three fingers in. With a handleless Trangia frying pan, you still have to set the pan down quickly otherwise it gets hot. Kinda disappointed in them but they will work when grabbing an edge. I believe I got them from Fast and Light.

Tommy Thompson
(wasser) - F

Locale: Northern CA
Re: Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 09:06:16 MDT Print View

I did what Gary mentioned to my Titan Kettle.

I used this silicone tubing:

and it worked out great.

I just use my pot for boiling water. I tried using a DIY reflectix pot cozy on my pot and actually cooking with it, but didn't care for it. However, I use a cozy on my plastic food bowl with lid and it works great.

Edited by wasser on 03/20/2013 09:06:56 MDT.

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Picking up a Hot Pot on 03/20/2013 11:06:25 MDT Print View

Silk Bandana. I already carry it, so no extra weight. Has a multitude of uses besides potholder, especially since it's 3'x3'.