Mods / Metal Tongs

Category: #Cosmetics #Crafting
Author: Zach2039
Side: Both
Created: May 17th 2023 at 11:18 AM
Last modified: Nov 20th 2023 at 8:25 AM
Downloads: 6557
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Latest file for v1.19.0-pre: 1-click install

Adds metal tongs to the game which function exactly the same as wooden tongs; increase cool factor of your forge area.

Also makes all heat resistant gear consume durability on pickup, or on selecting the slot, of hot items.

Quick-start Guide:

  • Create metal tong arms via smithing, and combine with the appropriate type of nails and strips to create metal tongs.


Config Settings (VintageStoryData/ModConfig/MetalTongs.json)

  • TongsUsageConsumesDurability: Whether or not all heat resistant gear, vanilla and modded, consume durability on use; defaults to true.

  • TimeBetweenDurabilityConsumedSeconds: How often a durability point is consumed during use of tongs when holding hot items; defaults to 3.0 seconds.


Notable mods that add similar:

Version For Game version Downloads Release date Changelog Download 1-click mod install*
v1.1.3 2909 Nov 20th 2023 at 8:25 AM Show Install now
v1.1.2 167 Nov 19th 2023 at 8:58 AM Show Install now
v1.1.1 86 Nov 19th 2023 at 5:25 AM Show Install now
v1.1.0 323 Nov 13th 2023 at 8:54 AM Show Install now
v1.0.1 2815 May 18th 2023 at 6:08 PM Show Install now
v1.0.0 257 May 17th 2023 at 11:23 AM Show Install now

16 Comments (oldest first | newest first)

💬 Zach2039Author, May 12th at 3:24 PM


I am using this mod on my server for v1.19.7 and it works. Can you describe the issue you are seeing and file an issue ticket with your client and server logs?

💬 Ded_Mazai, Jan 22nd at 8:20 AM not work for v 1.19.1

💬 Stratateles, Nov 20th 2023 at 6:22 PM


Awesome, thank you! :)

💬 Zach2039Author, Nov 20th 2023 at 9:15 AM


Sure, just launch the game with the new version and check your ModConfig directory for MetalTongs.json; you should be able to set TongsUsageConsumesDurability to false.

💬 Stratateles, Nov 20th 2023 at 9:03 AM

Hey, I'm still playing on version 1.1.0 and before I update I want to ask a question - is there a config where I can completely remove the durability of the tongs? I quite like them just acting like cosmetic versions of the primitive tongs

💬 Zach2039Author, Nov 19th 2023 at 5:26 AM


Fixed now with version 1.1.2.

Let me know if it breaks again after updating. I am going to run new version on our server and try it out; did testing in singleplayer.

💬 Zach2039Author, Nov 19th 2023 at 4:15 AM


I'll get it fixed here in the next hour or so. I see how Dana is handling it with events; I need to drop the patching and do similar with damage over time to tongs.

💬 Venusgate, Nov 19th 2023 at 3:21 AM

It appears this is incompatible with No Heat Resistant Inventory, as it just breaks the tongs as soon as you pick up a crucible

💬 mj_outlaw, Nov 16th 2023 at 2:47 PM

TeacupAngel Thanks, fair enough.

💬 mj_outlaw, Nov 16th 2023 at 2:46 PM
💬 TeacupAngel, Nov 16th 2023 at 9:42 AM


They do if you use this mod. From the latest change log: "Patch vanilla tongs to have durability of 125"

You can turn durability usage off if you want to, but why else upgrade to better tongs?

💬 mj_outlaw, Nov 16th 2023 at 8:41 AM

Cool addition, but why durability? Wooden tongs doesnt have that..Not logical for me.

💬 SilverBird, Jun 4th 2023 at 9:15 AM

I could see these having utility beyond holding hot items, perhaps a very slight reach and/or item magnetization range bonus while in off hand based on the tier of the item?

💬 Heebeejeebees, May 18th 2023 at 6:16 PM

May we have the option of defining a base time for wooden tongs to expire due to wear from use over time, and assign a multiplier for different tool tiers based on that? Otherwise from a functional perspective, these are only aesthetic.

💬 Zach2039Author, May 18th 2023 at 6:10 PM


Sorry about that, should be fixed now for v1.0.1.

💬 JeeHost, May 18th 2023 at 5:31 PM

Hey, thanks for the mod.

I've ran into an issue though: there seems to be no smithing recipe for iron tong arms. Only iron, cause there is one for arms from other metals. Perhaps it's an issue with my set of mods, but I thought I'd mention it here anyway.

Good luck.

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