What are plumbing irons?

 Electric plumbing iron is a hand-held tool for heating up copper pipe ready for soldering 

Plumbing irons are an electric hand-held tool, designed to be used in place of a blow torch for heating up copper piping.


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 Plumbing irons are designed to heat the piping ready for soldering ***google image 

They heat copper pipe up to a high temperature, ready for soldering. See What is soldering?

 Flammable materials surround the copper pipe work. In this situation a plumbing iron is ideal.*** google image 

Plumbing irons eliminate the need for a gas-powered device (such as a blow torch) for heating up pipe work e.g. copper water pipes in a house.

 Different size heads are available 

They come with different sized heads so they can be used on many standard pipe diameters, both metric and imperial. (see clamping heads section in What are the parts of plumbing irons?)


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 This copper piping is surrounded by highly flammable and dusty chip board, a naked flame here could start a fire. Using plumbing irons can greatly reduce this risk. 

Plumbing irons heat pipe work using an electric source, so there is no need for a naked flame e.g. copper pipes which lay in between floorboards.

 Scorched wood from soldering with a blow torch 

Plumbing irons are an excellent choice for soldering in tight and confined spaces. They use converted mains power to heat up the pipe and therefore have no open flame like a blow torch, which could possibly set surrounding materials on fire.

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