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    Default Pot bale wire

    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.

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    Brake cable inner works well
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    What about electrical wire with the rubber stripped off?

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    Yeah that should work well enough, not sure how long it would last being copper though, would it go soft eventually?
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyboy1971 View Post
    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.

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    The melting point of copper is over 1000 degrees so it might be okay?

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    If you already have the copper, just try it.

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    Yeah sorry fella didn't read it properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    If you already have the copper, just try it.
    I'll hang it over the hob and see what happens

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Fenna View Post
    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.

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    ...but the knitting needles were free ...the wifee no longer does much knitting
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    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....
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    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.

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    Now i think of it i can only use thin wire as thick wire won't be able to attach.

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