Tripod (laboratory)

A laboratory tripod is a three-legged platform used to support flasks and beakers. Tripods are usually made of stainless steel or aluminium and lightly built for portability within the lab. Often a wire gauze is placed on top of the tripod to provide a flat base for glassware. Tripods are generally tall enough for a bunsen burner to be placed underneath.[1]


There are several different designs. The top is commonly triangular or circular, and sometimes the three legs can be removed and adjusted depending on the preferences of the user.


A laboratory tripod is most commonly used in middle and high schools for basic heating experiments.[2] However, tripods and bunsen burners have been made obsolete by hot plates, which are considered to be safer since there is no direct contact with the flame.[3]

See also


  1. "Laboratory tripod". Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  2. NSTA, National Science Teachers Association -. "NSTA News". Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  3. "Hot Plates Information | Engineering360". Retrieved 2017-02-17.
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