Wood stoves and coal stoves are a big part of my life. I keep a pair of heavy welder’s gloves next to every wood and coal stove in the house and I never load a wood stove or open a stove door without wearing them.The gloves are a gauntlet length and stay within easy reach on top of the wood boxes both in the living room and in the kitchen.
I learned about hand protection and wood stoves the hard way 10 years ago when I suffered a 2″ long third degree burn to my wrist while loading a stove. I use long leather welder’s gloves.
They’re cheap insurance.