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Butane soldering irons

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by BJaY, Oct 23, 2006.

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  1. BJaY

    BJaY Guest

    I was just wondering if you could use lighter fluid butane in gas
    soldering irons or if you had to buy the ultra pure stuff from maplin to
    avoid damaging the catalyst. Is it just the same stuff ?


  2. feebo

    feebo Guest

    I do - it works OK, seems a little bit more "hungry" i.e. the gas
    seems to be used more quickly but that might be my imagination
  3. Clint Sharp

    Clint Sharp Guest

    Depends which type, we used to use the Weller Pyropen (excellent for
    reworking SMDs on a budget) and they fail regularly if you don't use the
    pure stuff but it's a close run thing as to whether it's cheaper to run
    them on lighter gas and replace the ejector every 10 tanks of gas or buy
    the 'proper' fuel and have to replace the ejector less often.
  4. BJaY

    BJaY Guest

    Cheers, it's just for around the house stuff, using cheap gas sounds like a
    big false economy if parts are going to have to be replaced, I'll get a can
    of the expensive stuff.

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