Jim and others,
I’ve been reading on the ventilation issues and here is what I’ve
found. There is a unit called the BVX-201 from Oki International. I
have somebody, right now, working on my long overdue website which is
one of the products Cleverwerx is releasing. I’ve already sold one of
these, so you can order one from me now.
The BVX-201 is a triple cartridge fume extractor which was designed
for the electronic soldering industry. It contains a pre-filter, a
hepa filter and a charcoal filter and pulls at 150 cfms at the
source. It’s meant for FUMES not particulates and that was the
difference I was looking for in a small portable unit for my needs.
The unit weighs 20lbs, is completely portable and is amazing. I love
it. It’s very, very quiet and when I considered the alternative of
putting up expensive ducting in my studio, the cost was a no brainer.
It’s not cheap at $725, but it is the best and safest product I
found, which took nearly a year of hunting down lots of options for
Testing. When I saw this thing I thought, oh right. This little
piece of plastic is going to work for me? Hah! My sales rep from Oki
stood there and watched me first burn pitch and then burn epoxy out
from one of my resin inlay castings. My studio mate stood 10 feet
away and didn’t smell a thing. Everything was caught in the little
pre-filter. I thought Hunter, my sales rep was going to have a
coronary, but he kept quiet and let me run this system through it’s
paces. He hasn’t dealt with jewelry world, only electronic soldering
world, so it was new territory for him. We opened the case and the
pre-filter had a blackened spot, as we suspected, but it did not go
through to the other cartridges. The pre-filters cost $25 for a set
of 5. All I need to do when I use pitch is to turn the pre filter
around and use it again. I was sold, died and went to heaven.
For regular soldering, it’s a dream come true. The pre-filters last
and last and if I leave my studio, I take my system with me. The
ducting alone from an HVAC company would be $1200, not counting the
motor and hood. The ducting would be stay in the ceiling where my
hard earned money would live forever.
Soon I will be teaching a soldering workshop at Metalwerx and will
carry this unit with me for an added soldering station for demos at
the bench. Imagine, no matter where you solder you will be safe. No
windows to worry about, no cold air to suffer through.
You won’t find it on my website…yet, but soon. However, I can
arrange to get one to you if you are interested. I solder, a lot and
I have talked about soldering on this forum many times. Honestly, if
you don’t buy it from me which is fine, just get it for yourself. I
want people to be safe. It works flawlessly. My sales rep at
Oki/Metacal is terrific and I had a long one hour talk with the
national sales rep. The company is wonderful and so is the unit.
Here’s the link to the system so you can check out the specs.
Here are some pics of my system.
We are building a metal dongle to fit a standard plenum to bench
clamp with a plastic hose to the unit so it can really take heat. I
have a cludge going at the moment, but it works. No burning, no
heating. Good ole duct tape and plenum which I tabbed. No leaks, did
the smell test with incense.
Hope this helps you. It sure helped me. Email me offline if you need
Who does her happy dance when she solders!