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Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 20:21
Whats the best kind of wire to use for a bale?

My pot had a handle so i ripped it off but don't know what to replace with.

Shewie
24-08-2011, 20:22
Brake cable inner works well

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 20:30
What about electrical wire with the rubber stripped off?

Shewie
24-08-2011, 20:31
Yeah that should work well enough, not sure how long it would last being copper though, would it go soft eventually?

Johnnyboy1971
24-08-2011, 20:36
Another here for the break cable inner.
The outer of electrical cable will melt over the heat and could stick to your fingers burning them.

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 21:02
Another here for the break cable inner.
The outer of electrical cable will melt over the heat and could stick to your fingers burning them.

Stripped all the rubber off.

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 21:05
The melting point of copper is over 1000 degrees so it might be okay?

Stew
24-08-2011, 21:14
If you already have the copper, just try it. :)

Johnnyboy1971
24-08-2011, 21:29
Yeah sorry fella didn't read it properly.

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 21:30
If you already have the copper, just try it. :)

I'll hang it over the hob and see what happens

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 21:40
Boiled water over the hob with no adverse effects on the wire.

Will test it over a fire tomorrow but even putting the wire straight on the hob had no adverse effects.

Teepee
24-08-2011, 22:32
They make pans out of copper, its fine :).

It does fatigue and eventually break through flexing though and wont last anywhere near as long as stainless gear cable or the thicker brake cable.

John Fenna
24-08-2011, 22:37
I have used fencing wire and ...knitting needles!
None have broken yet, despite many years of use, though I do not expect them to last forever...

harrisp
24-08-2011, 23:17
I have used fencing wire and ...knitting needles!
None have broken yet, despite many years of use, though I do not expect them to last forever...

Im using fencing wire and its perfect for the job.

John Fenna
24-08-2011, 23:18
...but the knitting needles were free ...the wifee no longer does much knitting :)

Neumo
24-08-2011, 23:19
Another vote for fence wire. It is much stronger than coathangers etc.. & is useful to have about if you get stuck. It can also be free if you are in the right place & happen to see a free end just lying there....

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 23:24
Don't have the tools to cut thick wire but the copper is good because of it's flexibility it won't roll but stay in place. Hopefully i get a month or two's use out of it though.

Scottishwanderer
24-08-2011, 23:26
Now i think of it i can only use thin wire as thick wire won't be able to attach.