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Fume Extractor

I rent a small enclosed studio workspace that has NO means for ventilation to the outdoors. I work only with copper, bronze, sterling and fine silver. Currently I use only a butane torch (yeah, I know) with both wire and paste silver and copper solders.

Although I wear a respirator with combo fume/particle filters, I know that’s not ideal, so I’m looking at a self-contained fume extractor as an additional safety feature. SentryAir makes one for several thousand dollars that’s probably better, but I just saw this one from Otto Frei and wonder what you experienced folk think about it. Better than nothing or a waste of money?

https://www.ottofrei.com/Quatro-SPB-560-1T-K-SolderPure-Combo-Solder-Rhodium-Fume-Extractor

Hi Dan,

I was in your exact situation for a while and I used this: HAKKO Fume Extraction System with Duct Kit - RioGrande

It seemed to work very well, and was by far the most affordable fume extractor I found while researching. The one you are considering looks way better!

-Jenny

Hi,

I was just wondering…are you thinking of both a fume extractor for soldering fumes, etc…as well as a dust collector for bench polishing/ lathe polishing, etc…

Julie

I’m currently considering how to set up a fume extractor and dust collection in one because I’d like to avoid crowding my small studio. One idea I have so far is the get an in-line vent fan with a long flexible hose that I can set up on pulleys or bungees and place it close to one of my benches, depending on where I need it at the moment. Then put in a filter somewhere along the hose that would collect the dust. Does that sound like it might work or is there a better set up?

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Hi,

Have a peek in Jeffrey Herman’s shop…I seem to recall he had a similar flexible concept in use with his ducting…his studio is rather spacious, but you might get some ideas…regarding pulleys, bungies, etc…

Julie

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Thanks for responding, Jenny. I’ve seen this one too in my searching. How long did you use it?

Dan

Julie,

Particulates are easier to filter out. I’m more interested in a good gas/fume extractor to supplement my respirator which has combo fume/particulate filters.

Dan

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Ah yes, I’ve done my share of drooling over Jeffrey Herman’s workshop!

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I used it for about a year, but it still seems fine. I moved and have a window now, so it’s in storage.

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What an amazing shop. Thanks for sharing!