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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 07-25-2011 01:59 PM 966 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2011 01:59 PM

Long story short: When I’m done ironing laundry, I have to leave the hot iron on the rickety board until it cools. The board is in a semi-high traffic area of the house with no other practical place to use it. That said, with three kids and three cats in the house, its suseptible to getting knocked off causing burns, fire, trauma, damage, apocalypse, calamity, famine, etc, etc. So I want to make a wall-hanging-shelf-thingy (trivet) to place the iron on when I’m done with it. What would be the best material to use for the base/shelf?? Any downside to using a ceramic tile or granite or marble?? I’m thinking a metal product would be harder to size and would conduct heat too rapidly toward wood components.

Any thoughts.


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#1 posted 07-25-2011 06:02 PM

I don’t know if this would work ok or not. Unplug the iron, run cold water on it and then set it on a cutting board. I suspect that there’s no safety issue here so an experiment is in order.

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 07:55 PM

Umm, I don’t think running cold water on a hot iron is a good idea. They generally are not waterproof and I suspect the bottom would warp badly or maybe even crack. Now having said that I have a compulsion to go and dunk a hot iron in cold water to see what happens!

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 09:13 PM

Why can my wife pull a casserole dish out of a 450’ oven and put it on Agathis trivets and all is OK? Why can some restaurants serve 500’ stainless steel inserts in oak “plates”, (although they stink from the charring), and THEN drop that same piece of oak into an industrial dishwasher and do it over and over?
I’d go ahead and build yourself a nice iron holder out of a nice hardwood, like maybe mahogany, oak or jatoba, no finish, and see what happens.

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 12:10 AM

you can get 12×12 granite tiles at HD for around $5 each -that might be an easy solution.

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 12:28 AM

@Mark, be sure you are wearing goggles, no, a face shield when you dunk that iron. :) You might get a steam bath. I agree, prob. not good for the iron.

I would suggest ceramic tile too but it could possibly scratch that delicate teflon coating on the iron if handled wrongly.

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 02:32 AM

Silicon rubber.
It will withstand 550 degrees without breaking a sweat. No problem.
I have used it in applicatios up to 2700 degrees to seal the lid on a pressure pour furnace for steel.
You can buy ovenware made out of the stuff.
Will not burn.
Will not damage teflon coatings.
Acts as an insulator; somewhat.

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