0framistan 11 years ago My first solder iron was a wood burner too... 40 years ago! Be sure to get some kind of solder iron HOLDER like they sell them at radio shack or harbor freight tools has one much cheaper about 6 dollars. The iron holder will keep accidental burns from occuring to you and protect your bench from catching fire if you leave the iron ON and walk away for several days. Be sure everyone in your house knows what the iron is.... so nobody touches it. My wife picked mine up by the HOT END and said, "what's this???" luckily, it was not plugged in!!! be sure family members know what it is so they dont do that.