diy fume extractor carbon based vs diy ventilation system for soldering


i am curios what you peeps think what is better to make for soldering
a fume extractor carbon based or a ventilation system
because i am getting kinda sick of always blowing away the smoke from soldering
thou i am used to smoke since i smoke myself (and yes i also smoke the herbs) <- to remove possible coming jokes -_-

but i have a hard time choosing what to build so i let you guys help me choose hehe ^^

also i live in the netherlands in-case of resources to make it (for carbon filters)
because i do not know the dutch and eu laws about such things

i look forward to your replies ^^
greets angellicktrooper aka naku

verence5 years ago
Best advice: Stop smoking. At least stop smoking tobacco and share the weed...

Compared to real smoking, soldering is still hazardous, but relatively safe. I mean, you don't suck in the fumes with a straw at the point they are created (or, do you? - just kidding).

Best thing for soldering: Extract the fumes to somewhere else, preferably the outside.

As this normally not possible (at least in the European winter), use a carbon filter.

Not sure where to get the filters, but you should be able to buy 'activated carbon' (the active agent in carbon filter [well, the name gives it away]) at your local chemist - if at a price. If you want to save some money, use a fan to blow the fumes through some charcoal. Technically the same but probably not as effective.

But even a small fan, sucking the fumes away from your face into the room can thin down the nasty solder fumes. Work in a well ventilated area.

1) use a fan to suck away the fumes
2) get them away - preferably outside or trapped in a filter