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WOOD STOVE GLOVES- GIVE 'EM SOME LOVES

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by El Finko, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. El Finko

    El Finko Member

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    I was thinkin today- how long should I expect my forearm-covering leather wood stove-crammin' gloves to last. They're consistently exposed to high heat and they're made of old dead skin. Should I rehydrate them? Baseball glove oil? Mink oil? Water? Wife's Oil of Olay?
    How long do they last. What's the longest yours have lasted. Any tricks of the trade??

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  2. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Good timing. One of the fingers on mine wore through and I'd been meaning to ask if they can be patched. 4 year old gloves.
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    Gloves?
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  4. El Finko

    El Finko Member

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    I know, gloves, right? I must be some kind of wus.;em
    Should I be clamping the splits with my bare teeth and sticking my whole face in the stove?
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    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Toss the worn gloves and buy a new pair. Ain't like they cost very much.
  6. El Finko

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    Hoggy, I can tell by your avatar that you're some kind of rock star in a limo, right? You must have sponsors throwing gloves at you left and right. Not me.
    I must get everything I can out of everything I own. I'm not Mad Max living beyond Thunderdome, but give me a week and ask me again...
  7. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Since my stove has left hinges, I only usually put on my right glove, backwards to begin with since I'm left handed. The right hand one is hard dark leather now at the finger tips, no longer the nice red leather it use to be a year ago. I guess I've cooked Them! I don't think about it until I feel it getting hot. I bought these from the stove shop but my next pair will be welding gloves for sure.

    Also, unless you want to sleep on the sofa, I'd stay away from the wife's Olay, she won't be happy with the soot smears in her jar ;)
  8. FPX Dude

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    I'm sure the conditioning you mention would help, I dint do anything to mine and after ~5 yrs. I burned out the middle finger. They were some nice Vermont Castings model that were awesome, like maybe ~$25. Everyone said just buy the Harbour Freight welding gloves cause "they're all the same" and lot cheaper,,,well like I said you get what you pay for! Well, those cheaper gloves were about 3" shorter than VC's and I now have a nice tatoo on my forearm to show for it. Go to yer LHS and get their best gloves, you won't regret it. BTW, I got mother-in-law those VC's that I had at one time too, and now I'm #1 on her list, how nice is that!
  9. El Finko

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    Good thoughts guys. Thanks for the replies. My second job is at a big blue store and I bought my current pair of stove gloves there. They're OK, but they're no different than the welding gloves we have- Kobalt and Task Force.
    If I can find the boy's left-over baseball glove oil I might try that, and will report any experiences. Was just wondering if anybody else had experiences (e.g. "I lubed mine with Johnson's Baby Oil and they caught fire")
  10. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    I would think oil treated leather and fire aren't a good mix anyway but it's just a guess :p
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  11. El Finko

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    If you see me directing air traffic around south-central PA, you'll know my efforts failed...
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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I don't touch a split unless I have gloves on.
  13. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    I bought a pair from LL Bean, the long ones. Thought I was crazy to spend the $ but send them back for any reason sounded good. The mouth on the PH is smaller and deeper than the front loader and I got tired of the bear claw scared look and the door handle is by no means a stay cool touch one. Anyways these things are the cats meow, you can stick your hand right in the stove and grab a burning split and not feel a thing (I had to test them you know) there great for removing ash with a short handled shovel when you still have really hot coals, no cool off shaking required.
    They are heavy soft leather with great insulation inside and are holding up great to heat abuse.
    Sorta adds to the truth about get what you pay for, just wish you could buy 1 the other don't get used.

    Todd2 - for sale left hand tall stove glove :)
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  14. loon

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    They make Leather gloves? ==c

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    Never used gloves before i got the T5 and now that i try and fill the box 'nice' i couldnt be without them.

    Going to finally pick up a good pair today ;)

    loon
  15. topoftheriver

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    A good pair of welding gloves should do fine.
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    Maybe gloves would help with all the splinters I get.:)
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    Trilifter7 Feeling the Heat

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    I bought mine at lowes at the beginning of this season and they are holding up great! The brown leather is now black from a few fire diving incidents but aside from the color they are good as new. Hands or forearms never get hot even when I get my hands right down in there. Def worth their weight in Gold!
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    Trilifter7 Feeling the Heat

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    I was actually starting to wonder how long mine would hold up so glad you spoke up El Finko. I'd guess I'll get at least another season out of mine.
  19. Kevin Dolan

    Kevin Dolan Burning Hunk

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    Welding gloves the only way to go. Treat them with oil or stuff, no they are made tough. Mine get hot when I am playing around filling my wee stove, so glad to have them. As to how long they last don't know as mine are new and been used two years and look black but still have a lot of years in them. I would not open the stove without at least one of them on!
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    i used the white leather welding gloves from harbor freight, the first pair lasted about 3 years. I just switched to a new pair, but these are brown. No joke, within 3 used the fingers on one side have shrunk to about a third the length. so they are out.

    Anyways, I will have to get a new white pair. Wanted to post a pic of these, but as we just had our second kid, i barely have the time to load the stove, let alone do anything else. Guess who has been up since 3?
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    Fod01 Feeling the Heat

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    5th season in, and I haven't thought about using them this year.
    Go figure.
  23. BobUrban

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    I have access to boxes of welding gloves at the fab shop and at least 3 brand new pair laying around here still stapled together with tags but for the stove I prefer the Nomex/Kevlar gloves made by Dupont. Not as deep but great protection even when holding/moving burning logs and I think they will last longer than the leather. Leather burns - these do not. I posted a pic in the last glove thread. Heck, you can even throw them in the wash if clean gloves are your thing and they are cheap - on par with a decent pair of welding gloves(8-15$) I have a zip up cotton sweatshirt near the stove that I don prior to monkeying with the stove if I am wearing short sleaves. Cotton, not plastic or plastic mix(very important)

    Bottom line - you are protecting your hands from fire and in the event of emergency you can grab and hold a log for the time necessary to get it out of the house etc.. On the high end you are talking about a $20ish investment every 5 years or so. At under $5 per year I my advice is get a new pair and stop trying to milk another year our of gloves that may fail when failure is not an option.
  24. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    My problem is my face, gets fried from the heat.
    My Dad tended a wood stove for years when I was a kid.
    Dont know if this was the cause but he has had to have those face peels done like 3 times to get rid of spots that could be cancerous.
  25. Reckless

    Reckless Feeling the Heat

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    Black Stallion 110 welding gloves about 5yo and I can still hold a burning log for about 5-10 seconds before I start to feel it. For $10 cant go wrong.

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