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Stupid Question: (soldering iron) = (woodburning iron) Answered

I have a woodburner and I was wondering if I could use it as a soldering iron? Is it just getting hot enough to melt the solder that I have to worry about or is there some kind of load problem with using a woodburner for this purpose? need help!! (obviously)

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MaryM420 (author)2018-03-12

I wonder if my woodburning kit gun can melt a bit of copper to mend a charm from a bracelet?

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ADRIANT28 (author)2017-03-31

It should work however I would suggest not to use the most expensive soldering iron. Also I suggest using a tip that you have cleaned free of solder. Also I suggest not using the same tip for soldering as the tip is no longer clean.

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iman (author)2008-03-17

there are no stupid questions just inquisitive idiots :) lol just kidding, my soldering iron has a wood burning tip too.

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sk8erdude (author)2008-03-17

would the tip of a hot glue gun work???

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Goodhart (author)2007-10-19

I found something out. I believe the "tips" are a bit different. If you don't mind having the tips wear away faster then they normally would with a regular soldering iron, you could use the wood burning tips. I wouldn't switch back and forth though, a "tinned" tip will just add lead to your wood burning :-)

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NachoMahma (author)2007-10-18

. According to Wikipedia," Lead-based solder uses 250°C to 280°C or 300°C while lead-free soldering needs a higher temperature, about 350°C to 400°C.". Googling woodburning pen temperature tells me 25W woodburners run at about 900°F (~500°C).
. What that means, as far as your question, I dunno.

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Goodhart (author)2007-10-18

Two things, both have been mentioned here, so I will condense: #1: do the tips fit (threads) ? If they do, move to step two #2: are the irons close in Wattage. If yes to one and two, we are in business. If the wood burning iron is a starter 5-8 watt jobbie, you may have trouble melting solder with that. If going the other way, and you try to use a 30-50 watt iron to burn wood, expect a lot of smoke, and a lot of black patches. I think all my irons are around 15 w, except this one monster job I got at a flea market....looks more like an old policeman's club than an iron, and is great for "big" jobs, but not for IC's or such.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2007-10-18

Oh, I forgot to add, most of my soldering irons don't have threaded tips (my desoldering iron does).

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bardon08 (author)2007-10-18

Here is a scan of the tips I now have. which one would work best? I looked at the actual iron and the wattage is 23 at 120 VAC.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-10-18

. The temperature of the tip is the important part. Too cold and it will take too long to melt the solder, allowing heat to build up in the part. Too hot and you're liable to burn up the part or destroy the traces/pads. . The best way I know to find out is to try soldering some junk parts and see what happens.

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KentsOkay (author)2007-10-18

Can you change your tip? If so yes.

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bardon08 (author)KentsOkay2007-10-18

I'll post some pictures of the tips I have tonight.

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KentsOkay (author)bardon082007-10-18

My iron actually came from a wood burning kit, I just used a spare tip so I didn't gunk up my good one

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KentsOkay (author)KentsOkay2007-10-18

A triangular or round tip would be best.

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chooseausername (author)bardon082007-10-18

It's not a "stupid question". It's "technical" question. As RocketScientist2015 said, it should be possible if you can change the type. Personally, I would worry about the temperature reached by the tip. If it's too hot, it may damage some of the electronics parts you want to solder or unsolder ...

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hmm comment didnt post, so i post again... thats true. what wattage is it? what are you using it for?

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its a lion (author)2007-10-18

you can do it. i didnt have a soldering iron and used a woodburner to switch out the electronics in my guitar. it took a little while, but it did work. i even used the woodburning tip.

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