Crucible tongs

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Two stainless steel crucibles, 200 and 400 mm in length

Crucible tongs are scissor-like tools, with two pincers instead of having two blades, which allow the users to grasp a hot crucible or various flasks.

General

Crucible tongs are generally made of stainless steel, or some other steel alloy for special types. They have scissors-like shape, with the "blades" having straight, curved or concave shaped pincers, each designed to hold different shaped flasks. Stainless steel crucible tongs can tolerate temperatures up to 500 °C, which is the average value for the softening point of stainless steel.

Availability

Crucible tongs can be bought from lab suppliers or online.

Alternatives

Various forceps can be used as crucible tongs.

Handling

Keep the crucible tongs away from haloacids and halogens.

References

Relevant Sciencemadness threads