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Old 10-12-2006, 05:27 PM   #11
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I've got four really nice old brass trivets that I think came from Granny. One is in the shape of the outline of barn owl, one a butterfly, one the Scottish Lion Rampant and one the Scottish thistle. They probably date from the early years of 20th century.... and are still going strong
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Old 10-12-2006, 05:54 PM   #12
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I've heard trivet used in reference to those items made of a hard material such as tile, wood, metal, etc. Soft items in this category I have heard called hot pads. Pot holder is made for a different use so is neither a trivet or a hot pad, though it can act as one (but so can a telephone book)
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:14 PM   #13
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I though frogs went :trivet,...trivet"?;)
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:16 PM   #14
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I though frogs went :trivet,...trivet"?;)
Have you been talking to Buck?
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:34 PM   #15
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I think Trivets are generally made out of hard material (wood, metal, glass, etc.) while potholders are made out of cloth and soft materials. Of course there are exceptions. The trivets I use double as potholders and are made of silicone.

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I'm not sure why, exactly, but I have always thought that trivets had feet and hot pads were flat insulators.
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:40 PM   #16
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I'm not sure why, exactly, but I have always thought that trivets had feet and hot pads were flat insulators.

You're right on both counts. Many trivets do have little feet. Some do not. Hot pads are just that...pads. Sometimes people use a couple of heavy potholders for hot pads. There are also commercially made hot pads made of thick, heavy fabric of some sort. I've even made my own from several thicknesses of homespun-like material that I've stitched together around the perimeter/circumference.

Now with advances in technology, even a thin sheet (1/8 inch or so) of silicone can be a hot pad/trivet. Or, as someone already said, a phone book can do the trick just as effectively.
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:55 PM   #17
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As far as I know it can be called a large pot holder to keep the heat away from the counter top.

I used to have a large thick piece of plastic to put hot things on and the plastic was fine.
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Old 10-15-2006, 05:05 PM   #18
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What would be ideal for the counter and using it as a padding to move it around? Since I need something that will allow me to hold on the bottom as I move it around, the metal trivets are out. My pot have poor handle design. I need something that will allow me to place a palm on the bottom for support and I move about with it. So I take it that hot pads are my only choice left? Is there something would not slide? I used a thing phonebook as a hot pad before, but it slides.
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Old 10-15-2006, 05:16 PM   #19
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This is what I use anticuchos. It sounds like it would do exactly what you need it to do.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:24 AM   #20
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will see if I can fine any of those silicone pot holders.
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