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I wanted to have an "easier-to-handle" pot holder when cooking with cast iron.  I thought the pan should have it's own "mitten" and I wouldn't have to look for a pot holder all the time. Hence this instructable.

Step 1: Make Templates/Patterns From Cardboard and Cloth

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Referring to the attached photos, cut cardboard and cloth as shown. The cardboard consists of two "body" pieces, and spacer pieces as shown.  The cloth is simply cut  a little smaller as it will be stretched over the cardboard body.  This material is a "spandex", or elastic- like cloth that stretches quite a bit.
grannyjones3 years ago
Welding blanket would be ideal close to the flame.
Further out, wool.
Wool is traditionally worn by welders.
If it starts to burn, it goes very slowly and smells like burning hair.
Olfactory alarm.
Nice idea but isn't having flamable material that close to the flame a little on the risky side? Could be a inferno and a burnt down house very quickly. Maybe if you used silicone instead it would be safer. I just hate to think someone could get hurt or lose thier house if it caught on fire. I hate sounding like a kill joy but safety first.
When I got my cast iron pans, I ordered something very similar (made of the same stuff potholders are) to go with them, intended for the same use. They can stay on the handle while cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. Potholders are certainly flammable, as I've accidentally caught them on fire before... I don't know if the spandex-and-cardboard is entirely safe, but *just* because it's flammable and on the handle doesn't necessarily make it a serious danger.
Creativeman (author)  galadriel5 years ago
Thanks galadriel: cooking is a pretty risky business, and common sense must prevail at all times. With a little caution and observing, so far, I have had no problems with my cloth covered handle!
Ok, I could totally use some fireproof oven gear. They make kid's clothes fireproof, yeah? How do we do that? Maybe I need to get ahold of some pre-treated fabric and combine it with the insul brite. Hmm. . . .
scoochmaroo5 years ago
Check out Insul Brite. It's awesome, and I use it for everything. Well, everything I'm trying to insulate myself from . . .
Creativeman (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
Thanks scooch: This is what I found: "Insul~Bright consists of hollow, polyester fibers needlepunched through a nonwoven substrate and through a reflective metalized poly film. The needled material is breathable and won’t break down with washing. The hollow fibers resist conduction while the reflective metalized poly film resists radiant energy. The energy, hot or cold, is reflected back to its source. " Trouble is, there are no retailers closer than 300 miles from me! Can you believe it? At least that is what the web site says...
Boo. PM me your address, I will mail you some.
Creativeman (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
I'll check it out!