A 6x9 would burn all the glove a 6x9 could burn, if a 6x9 could burn glove. (I hope we all got that joke. Yes? Moving on.) $%!& those things get hot! I remember reading that the 6x9 was notorious for burning out gel, as the focal point is just about at the end of the barrel. I'd like to confirm that. However, the instrument didn't have any gel in it... Let's start by an introduction to my gloves: Ironclad Heatworx 450 Gloves In a few seconds the 6x9 (at full) made my gloves (capable of withstanding intermittent heat up to 450º F) start to smoke. In fact I think some of that heat made its way into my hand, as it feels a little sore. Luckily, the glove took the brunt of it. Funny as &^#$ though. I look down to see smoke rising from my hand. I'm sure all of you are scratching your heads now, wondering how on earth I managed that. You're probably wondering if you read that right, did I actually stick my hand in front of the light and leave it for a period of time? Yep. I had to focus the instrument, and due to certain "rigging" (that we won't get in to) I had limited access to the instrument, and found my self in a position where I had to run the barrel in by pushing on it from underneath. That didn't last long. So, remember: "Hand before light, it's alright. Light before hand, leaves a new brand." That was my take on the age old saying: "Liquor before beer, you're in the clear. Beer before liquor, makes you sicker." Or wait... do I have that backwards?