I searched the internet for pot-stand designs, but most shared the same flaws.
- Most folding wire tripod designs allow the pot to easily slide off. This is because the base of the pot rests on narrow supports, with no barrier around the sides of the pot to prevent sliding and tipping. A smooth metal pot resting on a smooth metal tripod provides very little friction to hold the pot in place. This is especially troublesome for tall narrow pots, resting on even narrower pot stands
- The designs that are more secure and stable usually only work for one pot of a certain size. Some of these are cylinder or cone shaped sheet metal designs that double as windscreens. They work great for one pot, but cannot usually be used for any other pots. This means the user needs to have a separate pot stand for each pot in their collection.
What I settled on was a triangular wire frame with small bumps that hold the pot in place. The bumps are spaced to loosely hug the base of my pot and prevent sliding. Larger and smaller pots can also be used as well, although they will not be quite as stable because the fit won't be perfect. Larger pots rest on the bumps like a typical tripod design, while smaller pots fit inside the bumps with a bit more room to slide around.
Step 1: Materials
3 stainless steel bicycle spokes.
- I used 16 gauge
- (I paid 60 cents each for these at my local bike shop)
- You might want to buy a few extras to practice bending. they're very cheap.
1 foot of 3/16 inch brass tubing
- (about 1 dollar at the local hardware store)
- 1 medium sized steel binder clip (basically free)
- heavy duty pliers. two pairs preferable. one should be needle nosed.
- heavy duty wire cutters (your pliers may have built in wire cutters)
- Scissors or tin snips
- mini tubing cutter (I paid $3 at the local hardware store)
- electric drill and assorted drill bits
- flat wooden block (a 2x4 about a foot long works fine
- small wooden block (any thin flat wooden piece with a straight edge is fine. about 2"x4", at least 1/4" thick.)
- a few wood screws
1/8 inch (approximately) metal rod
- for bending wire around. Drill bits work fine for this, and they fit conveniently in the hole you just drilled.