Hot refractory and skin is not a good combination. If I go gloveless even one time, a few days later I find splits in my skin. Unfortunatly, I've yet to find gloves that do much better. Suede welding gloves will curl up from the heat. Not sure what firemen use (his wife never talked about stuff like that) but I am currently lustin these http://www.allsafetysupplies.com/search.asp?keyword=09800044700&search=GO Not only could I use them in an 80's music video, but they look (2 my untrained eye) like they actually put the thermal protection on the back of the hand, where it's required.