The 6 Best Welding Blankets
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in August of 2019. When dealing with extremely high temperatures, proper safety equipment is a must. Welders must not only protect themselves from heat, but also the areas around them, in order to prevent damage or fires caused by sparks. These blankets can also save the floor in front of your fireplace from damage and insulate barbecue smokers in the winter. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 22, 2019:
The Waylander VE21 is our top recommendation for providing the superior protection of fiberglass with a vermiculite treatment that greatly reduces the shedding problem. It's important to note that the vermiculite used in welding blankets like these come from mines that do not contain asbestos. Plus the solid, reinforced hem will not fray.
The Memphis Welding 38063 is also highly rated, durable and preferred by many for not having any scratchy fiberglass, it's not useful for all applications because of its weight, and leather options don't come with grommets for those who need vertical protection.
A more trendy use for welding blankets is for covering an outdoor smoker in the winter months to ensure the temperature remains constant. We included fiberglass-free options like the Tillman Panoxidized Felt Back so cooks wouldn't have to worry about stray fibers getting into their meat masterpieces. Even though this material won't last as long as leather or fiberglass, the felt is still an important tool for welders who work near delicate surfaces.