[Sca-cooks] flame-resistant mats

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 05:23:58 PDT 2008

Home Depot is a start...or Lowe's.  Another possibility is your local store
that sells wood stoves...the law in most areas says that you have to put a
flame retardant surface under the stove.  Another possibility is to look at
a place that sells old-time kitchen stuff...it used to be that stoves had a
center space that you could put a flame-retardant mat on...they're usually
metal folded around a cardboard core.

Hope this helps....


On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 1:12 AM, Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>

> Kiri said in talking about a camp stove she is thinking about:
> <<< The way we're planning to use this
> one is to take along a couple of collapsible saw horses, then put a piece
> of
> plywood with a flame-resistant mat on it...so we won't be using table
> space. >>>
> Where would one find one of these "flame-resistant mats'? Home Depot?
> Discount store?
> I teach a hands-on pewter casting class at different events. Some of you
> have likely taken it at Gulf Wars, Pennsic or in Ansteorra. I use a small,
> electric melting pot to melt the pewter in. Years ago the little metal stand
> that came with it lost its insulating legs and it also rusted into
> uselessness. I am often teaching on top of wooden or plastic tables provided
> by someone else. To prevent the heat from the melting pot or spilled pewter
> from damaging the table I usually put down a piece of plywood and use a
> sheet of aluminum on top of that. The spilled pewter is less likely to stick
> to the aluminum than the plywood, which makes it easier to pick it up and
> drop it into the melting pot to re-melt. My next improvement is likely to be
> replacing the sheet of aluminum with a steel sheet with upturned sides or a
> sided baking sheet so the molten aluminum doesn't flow off the edge. I've
> also had a problem with some of my sheets of aluminum warping and wrinkling
> because of the heat.
> Anyway, I still have a concern about possibly burning or melting the table
> through the plywood and I'm wondering if one of these 'flame-resistant' mats
> might be a good replacement for or addition to the plywood/metal sandwich.
> Thanks,
>  Stefan
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