I'll admit when I do something stupid - I figure it's better to share it rather than someone else make the same mistake. Had a decent pair of gloves - probably 14-15 years old... never had a problem or a thought about grabbing or moving a really hot log, but they were getting a little worn/compressed, or whatever happens to them, and they were starting to get a little warm when I'd grab a chunk of wood to move it. I was at the hardware store yesterday, and saw fireplace gloves sitting right out front, and on sale... so I got them. I went to rearrange a split that had rolled a little forward in the stove - I could see some flames dancing around the glove - I didn't think anything about it... thought it was probably just dust, etc. flaring off... no problem... Wrong! Started feeling heat, and it felt like they were shinking... yanked my hand out - it was actually on fire. Managed to get the left hand glove on and had to yank it off my right hand (it did actually shrink around my fingers - flame was out but still getting warmer). No real burns or anything on the hand - here's a pic to show how much they actually shrank (shrunk?). I went out and got a decent set of welding gloves today at lunchtime.