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Old 05-15-2008, 09:34 AM   #1
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Tong Wars

I'm frustrated!

I use tongs a lot. I like them plain - no rubber or silicone at all, just stainless steel.

My problem is that they keep dieing on me. The spring that makes them open rusts and breaks so I have limp, useless tongs.

Any ideas? Where do you get yours? What kind are the best. Do you have the same problem?
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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I will have to look at what kind I have when I get home. I have never had a pair die on me. I have 4 pair, 3 are SS and the 4th has the ends coated in nylon. I use them very frequently.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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I use tongs exclusively. Like you, no silicone or anything. I don't know the brand of mine off the top of my head but they are pretty old and hold up well. I thought tongs were tongs until I grabbed a set my Mother has. They had no weight to them and felt a little flimsy. I definately would not attempt to pick up a large roast with them.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:40 AM   #4
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I usually use the sisscors type tongs, no spring, all metal. They last for years, but are not good for using on heavy objects (like big steaks or what not, plus the meat slides out of the tongs because you really can't get a good grip with the sisscor type). I have tongs like you have described Andy, I have not had that problem, YET!
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:43 AM   #5
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I just did a quick search Andy and found that mine are Oxo.
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I just looked around. I'm pretty sure mine are the OXO SS tongs. Set of 3. Very strong and durable.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:48 AM   #7
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LOL - I have another pair, all SS, that have been hanging out on the smoker for a couple years. I use those to move coals around. They still have spring action. lol
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:56 AM   #8
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Do you guys put them in the dishwasher? I do but I think that accelerates the rusting process. I no longer put can openers and vegetable peeplers in the DW.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:00 AM   #9
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Another point.

I prefer not to have he type that you have to push/pull a slide at the top to lock the tongs. I like the kind that are gravity operated.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:03 AM   #10
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3 pair...

OxO... SS with some kind of rubber(?) grips....very strong
Edlund.. SS with very strong spring...
Handy Things...SS Made in Michigan...Very old...I don't remember not having them

Then several pair of these BBQ things...I never use.
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