Buying Guide

Pit Mitt

by Daniel Vaughn · January 27, 2014
Pit Mitt 1

It all started with a glove company wanting some promotion. They offered to send me some heat resistant gloves if I’d just write a blog post about them. When I asked instead for a way to purchase them online, they directed me to Amazon. At almost $36 per pair, these gloves weren’t cheap and buying a single glove wasn’t an option, so I went looking for others. That’s where I found the Pit Mitt. At just $14.99 per glove (on the day of purchase) and a claim that it protects your hand at temperatures up to 475 degrees, I had one shipped over in time to make some barbecue.

Pit Mitt 2

The Pit Mitt in my dirty oven

I should note that I consider Steven Raichlen’s insulated food gloves ideal for handling hot barbecue. However, they are rubber and will melt if used on hot metal or if they come into direct contact with fire. They’re perfect for pulling pork or lifting a whole brisket and wash easily with soap and water. That can’t be said for the Pit Mitt, so you kinda need both.

Raichlen gloves

Raichlen’s insulated gloves

The Pit Mitt is made of aramid fiber, the same stuff that they use to make Kevlar. I didn’t really care why it worked, I just wanted to start picking up hot things. I warmed my oven to 475, opened it up and grabbed one of the racks. After a full minute I was just starting to feel some discomfort. Now I was ready to play with fire. I usually keep a sturdy stick near the firebox to stoke the coals and move burning logs around. While I wasn’t about to touch any hot coals, the Pit Mitt allowed me to put my hand into the flames and to pick up a burning log. The sleeve portion of the glove was long enough to also protect my wrist. I can’t say much about how it will perform over its lifespan, but the Pit Mitt was a solid performer on day one.

Comments

  • Ken Goldenberg

    Best gloves that I have found are the Lowe’s brand Task Force welding gloves at a mere $15 a pair (and they are red)! Or their Kobalt brand for about $20. Being that they are used for welding, you know they will hold up to all the heat you can throw at them!!

    • Daniel Vaughn

      Welding gloves or firefighter gloves would work grew for the heat resistance, but these are thin and light, and they allow for easier control.

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