Hot Melt Glue Guns, Glue Sticks, and Accessories

Category: Using Hot Melt Glue

Hot Melt Glue: Forms and Sizes

Common hot melt glue stick sizes:

Glue Stick Size Application Size comparison showing 1/4", 1/2" and 5/8" General Purpose Glue Sticks
Size comparison showing
1/4″, 1/2″ and 5/8″
General Purpose Glue Sticks
5/16″ or 1/4″ x 4″ Mini Stick 1/4″ Glue Guns
7/16″ or 1/2″ x 4″ Standard 1/2″ Glue Guns
Household or Hobby Use
7/16″ or 1/2″ x 10″ Standard 1/2″ Glue Guns
Commercial or High-Volume Use
5/8″ x 10″ Commercial and Industrial 5/8″ Glue Guns
Bulk Pellets, Pillows, or Chips Glue Pots and Commercial High Volume Applicators
Hot melt glue pellets
Hot Melt Glue Pellets
Hot melt glue chips
Hot Melt Glue Chips
Hot melt glue pillows
Hot Melt Glue Pillows

Hot melt adhesives are sold not only in stick form, but also in pellets, chips, pillows, and blocks for use in commercial bulk applicators. We sell these by the box or by the pallet, and we can supply specialty hot melt glues that are not listed on our website. Contact us for more information concerning your specific requirements.

Number of glue sticks per pound:

Glue Stick Size Approximate
Number of Sticks
per Pound
5/16 or 1/4″ Dia. Mini x 4″ Long 110
7/16″ Dia. x 4″ Long 45
7/16″ or 1/2″ x 10″ Long 18
5/8″ Dia. x 2″ Long 50
5/8″ Dia. x 10″ Long 11
1″ Dia. x 3″ Long 12
1-3/4″ Dia. x 1-3/4″ Long Plugs 8

Adhesive yield per pound of hot melt glue:

Bead Size
(half round)
Linear Feet
per Pound
1/16″ Diameter Bead 1500′ / lb.
1/8″ Diameter Bead 260′ / lb.
3/16″ Diameter Bead 180′ / lb.
1/4″ Diameter Bead 125′ / lb.
3/8″ Diameter Bead 60′ / lb.
1/2″ Diameter Bead 30′ / lb.

Five Myths about Hot Melt Glue Debunked

Some people shy away from using hot melt glue. They think it’s too dangerous, hot, messy, time-consuming or hard. The truth is that it’s easy to use and apply, takes mere moments, comes off easily, and is completely safe.

MYTH #1: It’s Dangerous. Some think that because the glue comes out at temperatures higher than boiling that it’s risky to use. But hot melt glue comes out smoothly and cools quickly, making danger of burning minimal. You can also use The Cool Shot Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun orAdjustable Temperature Glue Guns if you have small children about or have clumsy fingers.

MYTH #2: It’s Too Hot. There are several safety features installed on the guns to prevent burning as well, and you can add attachments like different Glue Gun Nozzles to control the amount of glue coming out. Glue guns aren’t just glue guns anymore. For the truly clumsy or concerned there are the Dot Adhesive Runner and Glue Dabs, which require no heat. You can also use Glu-Stix Safety Gloves to make sure no glue gets on your hands.

MYTH #3: It’s Messy. Many people have visions of hot melt glue trailing in wispy strings off their projects, but these days nothing could be further from the truth. With the Detailer Mini Glue Gun, it’s easy to get just the right amount of glue with no residue left over. You can also protect your work surfaces with Non-Stick Pads for Hot Melt Glue and use Glue Pots instead of guns to completely eradicate the risk of stringing.

MYTH #4: It’s Time-Consuming. Why would you take the time to heat up a glue gun, measure the glue, apply the right pressure at the right angle, and secure your items together when you could just slap on some grocery-store glue? Because it’s just as quick and easy to do, and the adhesive actually holds. Guns like the Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun and the Small Light Duty Hot Glue Gun heat up in moments, allowing you to dispense the high-powered adhesive just moments after you’ve plugged in. The extra time at the beginning is nothing compared to the time you’ll spend later re-sticking items that fell off after a shoddy glue job.

MYTH #5: It’s Hard. Average glue-users tend to think glue guns and glue sticks are above their ability level, but using hot melt glue is just as simple as using any other type of adhesive. There are no complex instructions to follow. You simply plug in the gun (or heat it with battery-power when using the Cordless High Temperature Glue Gun), gently press in General Purpose Multi-Temp Glue Sticks, squeeze the trigger and you’re ready to glue.


The Difference Between High Temperature and Low Temperature Glue Guns

Repairing furniture, attaching fabrics together, crafting and more — glue guns have so many uses it’s no wonder they’re a staple in so many homes. But how do you know whether to use an indusctrial glue gun like the Hysol Pneumatic Hot Melt Applicator, an intermediateglue gun like theMedium Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun or a low-temperature glue gun like the Cool Shot Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun? Really, it depends on what you are using it for.

First and foremost, consider safety. A normal high-temperature glue gun can get up to 380 degrees Fahrenheit, which means third degree burns should a mistake be made. Industrial strength glue guns run an even higher temperature. When using these guns, watch out for children and take precautions to guard your skin on the off-chance that a bit of glue ends up where you don’t expect it. Low temperature glue guns range from 170 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Understand that while a burn from these guns won’t necessarily send you to the hospital, it still won’t be pleasant. Always use your glue gun with care.

Next, consider your task. If you need a gun for large jobs like repairing house siding or floorboards, you’ll want a high-power gun like the Pneumatic Industrial Glue Gun. For normal repairs and heavier crafting, opt for an industry standard like the Heavy Duty High Temperature Glue Gun. These guns provide a strong and unyielding bond. Kids’ crafts and delicate artwork gluing should be handled gently with a lower temperature gun like the Photo Mount Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun, which will ensure that no damage is done to the material on which you are working.

Since no one wants to have dozens of glue guns to choose from, several models, such as the Adjustable Temperature Glue Guns and even theMini Hot Melt Glue Gun, come with both high and low temperature options at just the flip of a switch!

Understand that most glue sticks are designed to work best at the standard of 380 degree Fahrenheit, so use specialty sticks like the Low Temperature Packaging Glue Sticks for the best results. You could also buy sticks like the General Purpose Multi-Temp Glue Sticks which will work well at whatever temperature you choose.


Five Uses for a Cordless Hot Melt Glue Gun

Traditional glue guns, while perfect for crafting, adhesion and repairs, can be ungainly and hard to maneuver because they’re always plugged into the wall. With cordless glue guns like the Cordless High Temperature Glue Gun, you can get into all those nooks and crannies without having to finagle around a flapping, too-short, unyielding cord. The possibilities are endless.

Use your cordless hot glue gun to:

  1. Avoid making a mess in your living space. With a cordless glue gun, you are no longer tied to a wall with an electrical outlet. You can make yourself a crafting corner, or workshop in any room in your home, giving yourself the freedom and space to move around at will. No more awkward turns and no more fitting your work into a confined space where it’s not meant to be. A cordless gun can set you free.
  2. Get that detail work right the first time. Many times, when working with delicate fabrics and tiny beadwork, a gangly cord can flop around in your way, disallowing you to get your glue shot at the correct angle. With certain crafts, precision is key, and the cordless gun makes it easy to pull off invisible adhesion.
  3. Repair anything at any time. Since you won’t be restricted to the three-foot area outside the electrical outlet, you’ll be able to repair door hinges near the ceiling and floorboards in the center of a room.
  4. Working with wood in the shop, garage or outdoors. If you’ve got a shed for wood or metal working, car repairs or other handiwork jobs, the cordless glue gun will fit perfectly into your collection of tools. You won’t need the inconvenient extension cords and you won’t find yourself squashed in the corner trying to glue together long pieces at odd angles.
  5. Attach hair extensions fluidly. As extensions gain popularity, glue guns are being used more frequently as the tool of choice to attach the hair weaves to natural hair sections close to the scalp. This work requires accuracy and delicate maneuvering. Without a clumsy cord in the way, hairstylists find they are able to attach natural-looking extensions to even the thinnest of hair.