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Maxwell
Answered 2020-08-12 14:12:31

Because the plastic is the poorest conductor of heat (That means it doesn't heat up when it touches something that's hot). Metal is a great conductor of heat though, so if the handle were made of metal we would burn our hand whenever we touch the handle.

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Mr. Squachn
Answered 2021-01-07 17:08:34

Lets say this for example,

If your handle was made of Metal it would have the same temperature of the surface you food is cooking on etc...

So the question is, would you use a handle that conducts heat or will you use one that doesn't.

plastic is a horrible conductor of heat and no, it wouldn't burn because its plastic and plastic is plastic and without plastic we are no more because my Xbox and PS5 is made out of plastic

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Jacoub Andrews
Answered 2021-01-21 10:23:46

plastic can be a poor conductor of heat so are non metals the reason why is because if it had a metal handle it would really easily conduct heat causing serious burn injuries and that is why they use plastic or non metals for the handle of a pan

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Answered 2013-08-08 17:51:09

The first and last answers simply are not correct, nor do they answer your question. The second, middle question is much better, but it does not fully answer your question either.

If a metal pan with a plastic handle is put in the oven at, let's say, 350 deg., then the temperature of the entire pan, metal and plastic, will eventually reach 350 deg. It is not true that the plastic won't get hot, actually it should heat up faster than the metal.

There are two properties in consideration: heat capacity and thermal conductivity. Metals in general have large heat capacities. One can think about the amount of heat a substance can store per unit mass, called the "Specific Heat," or one can consider the amount of heat a substance can store per unit volume. In the case of a pan and handle, it makes more sense to look at the question in terms of the heat stored per volume.

Most people know from everyday experience that metals stay hot longer than non-metals like wood and plastic. That is because metals have a much larger heat capacity per volume than most non-metals; that is they hold more heat.

What about thermal conductivity? In this case, we only need to consider the thermal conductivity of air.

Heat flows FROM a hotter object TO a cooler object. If a pan w/ plastic handle is put in a 350 deg. oven and allowed to heat up completely, when it is taken out the oven the pan and handle are at 350 deg. We only need to consider the heat transfer from the metal to the air and from the plastic to the air. Since the cooler material is the air, all that matters is the thermal conductivity of the air. You can look up thermal conductivities in a table, but air, and all gasses, have much lower thermal conductivities than almost any solid, and it is certainly lower than the pan and Bakelite® (the pan's handle). Since the handle does not contain as much heat as the pan, it will cool down to a touchable temperature faster.

The same applies if the pan is placed on a burner. The handle will take longer to heat up than the metal because 1) the metal is directly over the flame, and 2) the metal has a higher thermal conductivity than the plastic meaning that a lot more of the heat from the burner will be absorbed by the metal.

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The reason the pan Handle is made of plastic is because Plastic is not a conductor of heat so it won't get hot. If the handle was metal it would get very hot because it is a conductor of heat.

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Frying pans have plastic handles because plastic is a terrible conductor of heat that is coming from a stove. Therefore the handle is cool even when the metal of the frying pan is hot, when you need to lift it, or perhaps something else.

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Safety. Plastic will not conduct either heat or electricity, so in order you can safely handle pots and pans, plastic is used for those reasons.

Conductivity of air plays practically no role in this. If the pan heats up air in contact, that air is immediately removed by convection and replaced by cool air.

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Ayesha Mariyam
Answered 2020-10-21 14:53:25

because if pan handle made of paper our hand can burn

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browhat
Answered 2020-11-03 02:44:58

probs cuz plastic isn't a good conductor. im surprised the plastic hasn't melted yet. you should get better pans

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Silverstar VinayagaSivaram
Answered 2021-01-25 22:13:14

Plastic is poor conductor of heat. Do you want to get burnt or what????!!!!!

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Anonymous
Answered 2020-05-11 11:18:09

Pans with plastic handles are the poorest of quality! They cost less.

If we used such a pan over an open fire, the plastic handle may melt away!

Have you ever seen a pan with a wooden handle?

How about asking God about this?

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2020-10-28 04:25:50

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