Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a graphite
soldering block? I don’t mean a charcoal block, but one made of
material similar to graphite stirring rods, or carbon rods used
with electric soldering machines. I’ve noticed my carbon rods on
my electric soldering machine has the reducing atmosphere, but
they don’t disintegrate like charcoal. Gee, it would be nice if
they made a soldering block out of this stuff. If you know of
resource, please pass it on.
I promised I would report back on the compressed charcoal block
after I had a chance to put it through its paces. This block is
from Germany and sold by Allcraft out of New York. The block is
very dense, weighing about 4 times as much as a regular charcoal
block. It is too dense to push pins into it easily, but holes can
be drilled in it quickly and it can be sawn to fit whatever size
you need to fit into your protective sleeve.
It has been used by myself and several students, all of whom are
not exactly kind to charcoal blocks. And I am very impressed.
After 3 weeks of use doing sweat soldering, fusing, shotting and
regular soldering, there are no signs of degradation whatsoever.
Flux just dries up on the surface and can be brushed off. Heat
retention and reflection is excellent. This block is about twice
the price of regular blocks, but it’s in as good of shape as the
day I received it. It’s well worth the investment if you go
through a lot of charcoal blocks. You will be pleased with the
results and the durability.
Thanks for the tip, Ray from Midwest.