BBQ Handle Gets Too Hot

glenn bradley

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I am not a master griller by any means but I do appreciate good food. I still talk about the chow Brent brought to Carol's back in 2018 . . . (queue the ascending harp arppegios indicating a flashback into dreamland) . . . mmmmmm.

Sorry. . . , I'm back. My Char Broil (C-46DL) handle seems to get unreasonably hot. This may just be my inexperience. Maybe all large metal bar handles get hot but it doesn't seem like a good design. Before I do something like stitch a loose sleeve of heavy leather on it or make a wooden grip accessory of some kind I thought I would consult the brain trust to see how folks hanlde this. I accept that it may be as simple as "wear a glove, nimrod!".

Thanks in advance!
 

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I tried to google that model to see what the handle looks like, as far as if it's round bar or a flat bar.

I think either may work, but may still get hot over time. I actually keep an old welding glove with my smoker/grill as it's got a round bar in front. With the hot air blowing around the edge of the door, it gets really hot and I think any insulator I put on it would get hot also. Some day I'll weld up a new handle that is angled out of the line of "fire" or heat in this case.
 

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Thanks Darren. Big diameter, long, oval tube. I take a glove out with me now; it's just a pain (or I'm a whiner). :D I think you are right that anything I put on the handle will just heat up as well. They make these things but it just seems like one more thing to keep track of an clean.
 

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Before I left the welding glove there, which I do wear when reaching to the back with tongs on really hot sears now too, I had a bungie I hooked over one of the mounting bolts and let it hang down, the part hanging down was still cool enough to grab, so maybe a piece of leather or something heat resistant can be done if you don't want to deal with the glove. The glove just had some other advantages for me is all.
 

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...Maybe all large metal bar handles get hot but it doesn't seem like a good design...
I've had several cookers with metal handles that got unreasonably hot. I think it's a common design flaw that many companies embrace, likely due to cost. My Weber gas grill has a metal handle that gets warm, but it never gets too hot to touch. I believe it's because they actually paid attention to details like that during the design stages.
 

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I am not a master griller by any means but I do appreciate good food. I still talk about the chow Brent brought to Carol's back in 2018 . . . (queue the ascending harp arppegios indicating a flashback into dreamland) . . . mmmmmm.
You are far too kind! Thanks!
 

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I am not a master griller by any means but I do appreciate good food. I still talk about the chow Brent brought to Carol's back in 2018 . . . (queue the ascending harp arppegios indicating a flashback into dreamland) . . . mmmmmm...
Oh yeah, who could forget the time he caught his Anova sous vide cooker on fire? :devilish: Who knew a person could smoke meat while cooking it in a water bath? :ROFLMAO:
 
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Why would anyone have a medal handle on a grill, just bad. You can always wrap the handle with a piece of leather , sterling wheel wrap.
Last of the wild spring turkey meat is being grilled this evening.
 

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old welding glove
This is the way for dealing with hot stuff.

I also have a special scrap of leather that lives in the kitchen.. it has just the right curve on one side to grab a frying pan handle and the other side is flat for sheet pans, trays, racks, etc...

I could see either in this case the leather scrap is faster the glove gives more protection. I probably wouldn't bother sewing something up as you'd imho end up with the worst of both.
 
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On a grill many moons ago, I took a plain old piece of #9 wire and wrapped it (coiled) around a 1" pipe, stretched it a bit, cut it to length and threaded it on the handle. It outlasted the grill.

Alan
 
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