I am curious to find out how many folks use charcoal blocks for
soldering. A survey. Does everyone use charcoal (or not!)?
The idea of providing a surface that reflects the heat back to the
piece being soldered and for providing a good environment in which to
solder appears to have been used for a very, very long time.
Ok. And, of course, the most important aspect for my interest is:
how many on this list make their own charcoal blocks? I note that the
benchtube videos have folks that appear to have made their own.
The theory is simple, I know. You cook the wood in a retort of some
kind that is large enough to hold the pieces of wood over a heat
source. The process of cooking the wood at temperatures without being
exposed to the direct flame drives off the volatile gases in the
I would be interested to hear anyone’s techniques for this. I
suspect that my method will work fine, but I would want to make sure
before I start making a smoky neighborhood… Perhaps this would be
best done on a friend’s farm, out away from neighbors. Of course, I
hear that the smell is like BBQ, so perhaps it is not such a big
deal, especially combined with the fact that apparently done properly
there is not that much smoke.
Thoughts? Ideas? Techniques? I am all ears (and eyes).
I will compile all of the answers and post a more comprehensive
technique for those interested after I have given it a go.
Thanks in advance!