Originally Posted by Gretchen
We found a very useful tool for handling the hot oven or lid was a pair of channel lock pliers.
There are some custom tools that do the job better and safer. The best is a Mair Lid Lifter
There are three legs and a single or doubel prong in teh center. You put the prong through the lid hole. Squeeze the handles and you have the lid tightly held. You can pour coals/ashes right off a hot lid without fear of dropping or tipping it against your hand. One leg has a hook for lifting the bail. Really great tool.
There are other hook type lifters out there that work well too, but they're not as versatile as the Mair.