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Can I use 60ppi polyurethane to filter solder smoke? Answered

I am going to make myself a little rig. Two fans with some kind of filter sandwiched in between. I was wondering if polyurethane filter would work because I saw it and it was extremely cheap. 60 ppi seems like the best filter quality I can find. Then again I don't really know what I'm talking about. If someone could explain to me why this is a bad or even a good idea that would be appreciated. Also any recommendations on anything else I should use instead. :)

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

4 weeks ago

I do quite a bit of soldering and if there is one thing I learned then: Location and air volume transfered matters.

Years ago I bought a filter fan.
Was used for a day until I started trying to fix it.
Then I had small but quite and powerful fan from an old breathing machine.
Placed in a box with just a layer of these wonder soaker cloth in front.
(I use the same to clean the tip).
Before I use I sprayed a bit water onto the cloth and all was fine fore a few hours.
In all cases though this was of little help to deal with the smoke that escaped while actually soldering.
Ended with sort of a soldering box, like trying to solder in some wind tunnel LOL

I fixed this for good by simple removing the filter stuff and adding some flexible airvent hose.
One end points to where I need it, the other just goes out of the window...

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Inblackandwhite
Inblackandwhite

Reply 4 weeks ago

It sounds like a nice fix. Just pumping all the nasty stuff outside. I want to build something for my bedroom though where my desk is. It's on the complete opposite from the window so I would need to get something quite large to get it all the way over there. Also I have the AC running because it's hot here and it would be best if I didn't have to crack the windows. There has to be some kind of filter that if layered enough absorbs solder smoke, right? It would really great if there was.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

Reply 4 weeks ago

As said, these wonder soakers, if a bit wet filter almost everything out.
But you might need a more powerful fan than what you get from an old PC power supply.
You can also check online for cigarette smoke filter or room air cleaners.
They usually come with a strong fan and a carbon filter pad.
Should work good enough but you might have to replace the pad every few months if serious about the soldering.