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I am new to the forums and signed up to really pick your brains for advice. I have done a lot of woodworking in the past an fancy decorating some of my pieces with Pyrography. I have been using a cheap soldering iron type bought from Lidl's and am now going to step up a little.

My budget is very tight and I have narrowed it down to 2 both from Ebay the first is a German Hot loop variable power/heat set up. from Its a Wetekom JLB-07B unit and the seller also stocks spare pens and tips for it, and it's for sell at 51.99 + 5.49 P&P, the seller also has exellent feedback on this unit.
ebay UK item number 180763661049

The second choice is a variable temp solid tip unit, it goes from 50 deg -500 deg and has 14 tips. no brand name on this but it seem's also to be German and the seller has a good feedback rating as well and it is 59 + free P&P. However I don't see the option to buy spares with this one!
ebay UK item number 350489947420

I Am drawn to the hot loop unit as i fancy having a go at making my own wire loops but as my budget is very limited I don't want to get it wrong so comments and ideas welcome.
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Frank, unless you are planning on doing production work there is no reason to lay out big money for a wood burning iron. An inexpensive craft store model will get the job done; it is more a matter of spending the time to learn how to work with the tool. This burning was done with one of these soldering iron cheapies.
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Thanks for the reply, Mike,

Whilst I hear what you are saying and unquestionably you are correct. I personally don't want to spend the time learning the feel of the tool and be ready to master it just in time for it to fall apart. I would rather spend all my 60 budget to have a model with more functionality and (hopefully) longevety all ready built in, so its kinda back to solid tip or hot loop?
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Frank, I think the solid tip is the way to go. I will check the threads on the tips I have; there are number, letter, various designs and shapes which are all interchangeable in different brands in the US. The burner I have is by Walnut Hollow(China) but the tips will work with Weller and most other models I have seen. They look identical to the tips in the posting you mentioned. You can view a selection of tips on Amazon; one nice set by ES is $9.95 USD. I have a hunch the power supply is the only difference.

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Hi there, well i was a good boy last year and Santa Delivered me the Wetekom Unit and I am totally delighted with it. I have used it a few times now and it works flawlessly. My only complaint is the standard tips are a bit clumsy so i have bought some pyro wire to try making my own.

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When I first started, I purchased an inexpensive craft unit. I used it so much that it burnt out on me and stopped getting hot. I went through at least 3 of the cheap irons.

I then broke down and purchased a real woodburner. If you are going to burn a lot of pieces, it's better to get a good burner.

I have two units, the detailer and the Optima Dual. My favorite is the Optima Dual because the tips hold up good when red hot. I burn deep into the wood when I make a sign. The detailer is more for detailed pyrography artwork because the tips bend and break if used on full power. I broke almost all the tips in the detailer, so I don't use it much.

The Optima company will repair the pens for a lesser price than purchasing a new one.

I paid $145 for the Optima unit, and the Detailer was included in a gross art supply purchase from a nearby neighbor.

If you start selling your work, the unit will pay itself off. I sell my work at small local events. You need to build up an inventory to sell. So burn, baby burn!

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