What are Crucible Tongs Used For?

Crucible tongs are tools that can be used in either a lab or an industrial setting. In both cases, the tongs are used to move a piece of equipment called a crucible that contains potentially dangerous materials that must be handled very carefully.

In a laboratory, the crucible is usually used to heat up chemical compounds. In an industrial setting, the crucible is usually used to hold materials that are melting in a furnace or kiln during the process of metal casting or glassblowing. In both cases, crucible tongs are made to hold the crucible so it can be moved safely.

Most crucible tongs have long handles with insulated grips to keep the user’s hands from getting burned. Most of the time, the tips are serrated so you can hold them better. The tips come in different lengths, depending on what they are used for.

Most crucible tongs are made of nickel, oxidised steel, or stainless steel, which are all strong metals that can stand up to very high temperatures. Crucible tongs that lock or latch can be locked to the edge of the crucible.

Most crucible tongs have safety stops that stop the person using them from putting too much pressure on the crucible. If there is too much pressure, the crucible could fall.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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