Even if you’ve got a great set of fireplace tools, you might want a pair of gloves to protect yourself from the heat and flames of a fireplace. They’re a good complement to fireplace tools and can be hung on a fireplace screen alongside the fireplace’s tools. They could be used for an outdoor firepit, too.
So we thought we’d put together a review based on the research we did when buying our gloves.
As you will see in this review, we realized that most people end up buying welders gloves for tending their fireplace. They’re cheap but also have a great leather exterior and (usually) Kevlar stitching to make them fire and heat resistant.
So without further ado, the best fireplace gloves are:
- Kum Yuan Extreme Heat & Fire Resistant Gloves
- WZQH 16 Inch 932F Leather Forge Gloves
- Ironclad Welding Leather Gloves
- Caiman One Size Fits All Deerskin Welding Glove
- US Forge 400 Welding Gloves
Note that these are presented examples selected for our circumstances, and do not represent advice to you, professional or otherwise.
Best Fireplace Gloves
1. WZQH 16 Inch 932F Leather Forge Gloves
These gloves have one huge leg up over many competitors: their aluminum mid layer. This mid-layer is designed to be extra fire resistant so a user’s hands get another layer (literally) of protection.
On the outside layer is cowhide split leather – pretty common for heat resistant gloves – and on the inside is a soft cotton liner to keep your hands comfortable. There is also a reinforced leather palm for added palm protection. This is all held together with Kevlar stitching. Overall, we love the three-layer design for extra protection.
The size is one-size-fits-most, which has its pros and cons. It could be good for all the adults in the family, but the kids might not be able to use it (maybe that’s a good thing!). People with small hands might prefer to get a different pair where they can choose the size at the shopping cart.
The 7.5 inch sleeve is about as long as we’d want to protect the wrist and forearm but it won’t ride too far up to be annoying in our opinion.
And lastly, the hanging hook makes them easy to hang beside a fireplace ready for use the next time we need them.
Why These Gloves
Keep in Mind
|Extra Protection: We like that there’s that aluminum mid-layer for extra fire protection.
Hook for Hanging: We like that both hands of the glove have nice simple hooks for hanging the gloves by the fireplace.
Forearm Protection: The 7.5 inch cuffs can provide added protection for wrists and forearms from sparks and heat.
|One Size Fits Most: If you have small hands you’ll probably want to get another pair from this list where you can choose your size.|
2. Caiman One Size Fits All Deerskin Welding Glove
Caiman (along with Tillman and Miller) is a respected brand in the fire resistant gloves category.
What stands out about Caiman is their ‘Kontour’ design. It’s a design feature with the specific purpose of increasing dexterity for gripping and finer movements of the fingers.
Their stitching and reinforced leather sections are contoured so they don’t interfere with movement nearly as much as other brands. That said, you’re still wearing thick leather gloves so don’t expect magic.
The gloves are made of deer skin which is a little less stiff than cowhide but also often not as durable.
The other highlight of these gloves is the very long cuff which minimizes risk of burns on the arm. This cuff reaches almost right up to the elbows. The glove is 21 inches tip to tip. While this is nice, sometimes it can get annoying to get them on and off if you’re wearing thick long sleeves.
And lastly, there is a slightly higher cost of this model due to the respected brand name.
Why These Gloves
Keep in Mind
|Flexible: These gloves are specifically designed to be flexible for added comfort.
Extra Long Cuffs: The cuffs can cover the whole arm right up to the elbow for added protection.
Respected Brand: Caiman is up there as one of the better brands in this space.
|Not as Thick as Cow Hide: Deer skin tends to be more flexible but less thick than cowhide, so you might be trading thickness for flexibility here.
One Size Fits Most: People who have small hands might want to get another pair from this list where they can choose their size.
3. Kum Yuan Extreme Heat & Fire Resistant Gloves
We like that you can pick your size. They’re designed in three size options and with soft inner lining to try to improve their comfort rating.
Nonetheless, we would expect them to still be a little stiff because they’re made of side-split cow hide leather (like suede) which is thick but inflexible. That leather is held together with Kevlar stitching.
The palm is also reinforced with an extra layer of leather to help protect the most vulnerable part of your the while working with heat.
Something else we love about these gloves is the no questions asked 90 day return policy. It gives us a lot more confidence in the purchase.
Why These Gloves
Keep in Mind
|Hook for Hanging: We like that both hands of the glove have nice simple hooks for hanging the gloves by the fireplace.
Choose a Size: You can get it in a few different sizes, unlike the one size fits all gloves.
Reinforced Palm: The palm is a vulnerable point that needs this reinforcing.
|Thick Cow Hide: We prefer cowhide leather because it’s more protective, but it’s also thick and inflexible.|
4. Ironclad Welding Leather Gloves
These gloves don’t have an aluminum layer like other gloves in this review, but they have a great foam insulation layer which is a nice alternative.
The best thing about these gloves is the diversity of sizes. Ironclad has a great sizing chart so you can ensure you get the right size when buying online.
These gloves are made of Elk skin rather than cowhide, which is usually a little softer and dexterous. But they still have cowhide leather on the palm for reinforcing where you need it most. So, we would expect these gloves to be protective (especially with the foam insulation layer) but not as much as full thick cowhide leather gloves.
On top of this there is a pretty long cuff for forearm protection, which might be useful when dealing with sparking and spattering flames.
And lastly – we like that Ironclad gloves are usually pretty affordable.
Why These Gloves
Keep in Mind
|Pick your Size: We love that there’s a sizing chart so you can choose the size that suits you best.
Good Insulation: The foam insulation layer helps give an extra level of protection from heat in our opinion.
Good Forearm Length: We like long sleeves because they help protect the wrist and upper forearm from heat and sparks.
Reinforced Palm: The palm section has a cowhide reinforced patch for extra protection.
|Elk Skin is Thin: Elk skin doesn’t usually provide as much protection as cowhide.|
5. US Forge 400 Welding Gloves
While these gloves are called “US Forge”, it appears the product is not actually made in USA. We felt that was a tad misleading from our perspective as consumers.
But beyond that once concern, we feel the gloves are a good affordable choice for gloves that you want to use, wear, and throw away.
They’re made of genuine cowhide leather, but are likely to be quite stiff because of this. That means they’re likely to be a little less comfortable than elk skin or goat skin alternatives.
These gloves are one size fits all and have a short cuff, so we’d beware of sparks when having our hands close to a fire.
Overall, we would consider these as a pair of throwaway gloves because they’re cheap enough not to break the bank.
Why These Gloves
Keep in Mind
|Use and Toss Them: They’re cheap, so we would be comfortable throwing them out once they’ve been worn a few times.
Made of Cowhide Leather: The exterior is made of strong leather which helps to protect hands from flame and heat.
|Not Made in USA: We think it’s worth noting that despite the fact they’re called US Forge, the gloves themselves aren’t made in the US.|
What we Look for in Fireplace Gloves
The first thing we usually look for when selecting fire and heat resistant gloves is the leather exterior. You can choose from cowhide leather (strong but inflexible), deer skin (more flexible but thinner) or goat skin (also more flexible but thinner).
Most good fire and heat resistant gloves also come with Kevlar stitching. Kevlar is great at resisting heat and fire, so it holds up better against the elements than regular stitches. Make sure you get a set with Kevlar stitching in them.
The palm is a particularly vulnerable part of the hand, particularly when handling heat. So added palm protection is a great thing to look out for in a pair of gloves. The more padding in vulnerable sections, the better.
Most gloves in this category come as one size fits all. This isn’t the best, but it seems to be industry standard. For people with particularly small (or large) hands, there are some options to select a pair where you can choose your size such as the Ironclad gloves ranked number 4 on this list.
Can I Pick up a Burning Log when Wearing Fireplace Gloves?
We wear the gloves as a backup in case we accidentally touch something or get too close to heat and flames. We still think it’s important to get a set of fireplace tools so you can use the tools to handle the fire, not your hands.
Similarly, piles of ash can still be quite heavy long after a fire is out. For this situation, a broom or an ash vacuum can help protect you from harm. See our review of the best ash vacuums for more details.
Additional Applications of Fireplace Gloves
You’ll notice that many of the above gloves are advertised as ‘welding gloves’. Welding gloves are strong but also designed to be much cheaper than you’d expect. So they’re great for all sorts of different applications:
Welding. You can use many of these gloves for welding – but check each individual glove for advice. MIG and Stick welding requires thicker gloves than TIG welding. But overall, welding gloves usually use thick leather exteriors with Kevlar stitching just like the ones listed above. If you’re welding, also don’t forget to use a welding blanket for fire protection as well.
Animal Handling. If you own a Macaw, you’ll know what we mean. Those talons are stiff. So you might want thick gloves to protect your arm when handling your bird.
Barbecues. When cooking at a barbecue or smoker, you might want to use your fireplace gloves for added protection.
Cooking. You can also use your fireplace gloves as oven mitts. In fact, we much prefer our fireplace gloves over oven mitts because they’re thicker!
We chose the WZQH 16 Inch 932F Leather Forge Gloves as the best fireplace gloves. The one main exception would be if we had particularly small or large hands. If so, we would go for a pair from this list where you can choose the size at the checkout.
We hope this review of fireplace gloves has been useful for you and helped you get a better understanding of your options. And we hope you enjoy your fireplace or fire pit in comfort with your new gloves! But remember, this article has shared our opinions and a range of examples for our circumstances only, and is based on our online research. It does not constitute advice, professional or otherwise. Your circumstances or experiences will differ from ours. Make sure you do your own research and due diligence and adhere to the rules laid out in our terms and conditions and disclaimer.
All the Best,