I want to be able to do some basic annealing and soldering. I
struggled with it when I took a class, but I think I can do better if
I’m not worried about other students waiting to use the equipment.
I use a 10 by 12 foot room in my apartment for my work (writing as
well as fiber arts and jewelry). I’m hoping that I could use one of
the tiny butane torches safely. I could install an exhaust fan in a
window and set my soldering station up right in front of it (I would
lower the blinds above the fan to keep direct light out). I could
also set up another fan to draw air in on the opposite side of the
Obviously, I would store fiber arts stuff and other flammables away
from the soldering station, and follow other safety precautions.
What are good heat-resistant surfaces to use under a charcoal block
or annealing pan? Rio sells 12-inch by 12-inch Silquar™ High-Heat
Blocks for $21.50 U.S., rated to a maximum temperature of 2000
degrees F (1093 C) – is that a good choice? What type of fire
extinguisher is best to keep nearby when using butane?
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA