Thinking about it, the Bernz-O-Matic with the soldering tip, while it might
be a bit unwieldy, is the wisest choice for one reason.
Butane tools will crap out in very cold weather unless you keep them inside
your coat until you fire it up.
Butane's evaporation rate (vapor pressure) drops to almost nothing below
freezing. Propane will evaporate down to about thirty below. If it didn't,
my cook stove and dryer wouldn't run in the colder days of winter.
However I just bought a butane tool from Master Appliance for about 180
bucks at Grainger. SERIOUS iron, almost looks like one of those old two
hundred watt plug-in guys of many years ago... and solders like one too.
Don't forget your Woollies up on that antenna line!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Jones" <email@example.com>
To: "rayc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Butan soldering iron
> I've always had good luck with Berz-O-Matic propane torches. They come
> a fool-proof flint & steel igniter that has never failed me. I wore one
> in 25 years and the second one is still going strong after 10 more years.
> bought mine in a kit that includes a big soldering tip that slips over the
> end of the torch jet. I think you can still get these at any home
> improvement center.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "rayc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:07 AM
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Butan soldering iron
>> With a break in the winter weather in the Buffalo NY area, I decided to
>> repair a break in my Windom antenna line. Over
>> the years I've tried many butane soldering irons purchased at hamfests,
>> stores, etc. and they've all crapped-out. I went
>> to use my most recently purchased iron and the igniter wouldn't work.
>> What do you guys recommend for a reliable butane iron that will provide
>> enough heat to solder copper wire - in very
>> cold weather?
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