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  1. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Heh-heh. Fireview, don't always use 'em. Buck 91, every time. Aside from the size of the box, it's also a little easier on a side-loader...

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  2. rkshed

    rkshed Feeling the Heat

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    I seldom wear them but the girls do.
    The dog has yet to turn them into a chew toy but he has turned many shoes into them.
    Not mine though so good dog!
  3. Trilifter7

    Trilifter7 Feeling the Heat

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    I wear gloves when reloading a hot fire but not on a cold start. My problem is remembering to grab my jacket when loading from the top. My hands are safe with the gloves but every once in a while I catch my forearm on the inside edge just above the glove. I only had one burn all season from the old stove and already have a couple nice burns from the first week of burning the new stove. Def going to have to change my technique for top loading.
  4. Jacklake2003

    Jacklake2003 Member

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    I have gloves handy for emergencies (log that catches but door won't close or a large buring chunk that rolls out) and for when I'm loading the stove for overnight burns.
  5. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I've gone back and forth a few times on wearing gloves. They're not necessary to throw wood in the box, but I do a better job of loading the stove when I where them. Less rushing and tossing, more carefully placing.
  6. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Like fossil I have a pair of leather gloves next to the stove that I use for emergencies like when a log rolls out onto the ash lip or hearth. But day to day I never use them. Only one minor nick burn on my hand this season. I used to get a lot more burns with a smaller stove door, like on the F3CB, but not many now.
  7. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

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    I have a pair of long welding gloves that I keep in the same room as the stove. If the fire is active or if my coalbed is medium-small to large, I use gloves. If I''m reloading on a thin bed of coals near the front, which is most reloads, I can go bare handed. No burns this season so far.
  8. WoodpileOCD

    WoodpileOCD Minister of Fire

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    Got a pr of welding gloves as well but use them emptying ashes when I'm burning 24/7 and I have to scrape the coals to one side then the other. Not only does the shovel hand get hot but the bucket does too. Other than that, not so much.
  9. dsheehan56

    dsheehan56 New Member

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    Gloves? Pfffft.

    I dunk my bare fists in a mixture of diesel/gas and use them as fire starters.
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  10. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    My favorite down jacket has a melted sleeve ::-) Really ticked me off, but learned a lesson. I only load the stove in my junk jacket now.
  11. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

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    No gloves but I do have a pot holder hanging on the poker hook for the tool set so that I can open the door to load the stove.
  12. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    After I broke my back I lost most feeling of hot/cold/wet in my hands. I don't wear gloves, wouldn't really feel it even if I did burn my hands. Haven't in many years on the stove though.
  13. melissa71

    melissa71 New Member

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    I keep a pair of welding gloves on the hearth. I always put the right one on at the least. I'm right handed. :) Burned the crap out of myself a couple of times with out them, the gloves make it so much easier.
  14. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    I have loose fitting elbow length gloves I put on before I pick up a log to load the stove. Not as much for burns, but splinters. Seems that just about every time I say " ah screw the gloves" and load the stove, I get a splinter.
  15. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Gloves.
    Fewer burns & splinters :)
  16. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I don't use gloves to load the stove or handle the wood unless I am loading the basement or cutting wood. I have some gloves down by the stove for emptying the ash pan when the fire is burning, it gets too hot to grab bare handed unless you let the fire go out almost totally. We used to have a stove which you needed gloves to unlatch the door as the handle got hot.
  17. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    didn't wear gloves historically. The last insert I bought came with a bunch of freebies, including some cheap gloves. I liked em, but after grabbing a few burning splits to get a tight pack, they wore out pretty quickly. Bought some better ones and am really enjoying being able to get in the inserts and move the wood around without having to try and finagle things around with a poker.
  18. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    So far as YOU know...
  19. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Gloves for the wife... always.
    Gloves for me, almost never.
    So which is the smarter spouse?
  20. gerry100

    gerry100 Minister of Fire

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    I like to have the gloves on when I snatch up a hot coal that fell out of the stove and landed in a bad place.
  21. Joe Rampey

    Joe Rampey New Member

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    I must agree with Fireman... Wear your PPE (personal protective equipment). I'm a firefighter myself - 28 years. I keep the last pair of gloves that I retired from service next to the stove and use them everytime. Never know when an ember might pop out. I just pick it up and back in it goes. If I dont like the lay of the fire I reach in and rearrange!
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  22. Fins59

    Fins59 Member

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    Same here. Splinters.
    A few years back I was putting a split in stove and it caught on something and jammed a splinter underneath my thumbnail, far enough in that I couldn't dig it out. Had to go to the Doc. Recently had one in finger that was in there about a week. Finally soaked it and dug it out.
    Burned hickory one year......that stuff has needles on the cut ends. After splinter time I will wear gloves for a few days when putting wood in stove but then discard them and take my chances.
    I do use a welders glove (only one) when emptying my ash drawer daily. I carry drawer out to a fire pit in back yard. The handle end is ok but the other end can be pretty hot.
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  23. ChipTam

    ChipTam Burning Hunk

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    I use a glove all of the time except when loading a cold stove. Like Joful says, the gloves allow for more careful placing of new junks and re-arranging of partially burned splits. The gloves I have are leather, go almost to my elbows, and are made for wood stoves. I love them. Now, after 5 years, the left-hand glove still looks absolutely pristine but the right-hand glove is soot covered and has a few burn marks. Any recommendations for cleaning that right-hand glove without destroying it?

    ChipTam
  24. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Use short split cowhide shearling lined gloves...for all handling of wood because of: Cold outside, splinters, bruises, spiders, ticks, hornets and wasps, nice and mouse dropping, heat and fire. Just seems a good idea all round.
  25. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    I use the welders gloves anytime the stove is hot.. more than once my dumb self has reached out and rested or pushed off the top/front of the stove when standing up or kneeling down...

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