A soldering and brazing mat is a heatproof mat, which protects your work surface from potential heat damage when soldering or brazing metal pieces. It can be used for:
Preventing solder drips from ruining surfaces
Resisting scorch marks and flame damage
Avoiding ignition of flammable material
These mats can be used for both soldering and brazing. Some mats, however, have a higher temperature rating than others. These are ideal for the higher temperature brazing work.
Where can I use a soldering and brazing mat?
The soldering and brazing process is intensely hot stuff! We’re talking temperatures from 90 degrees C to over 600 degrees C.
Electricians, plumbers and a wide range of tradesmen will often have to solder during the course of their work.For example, electricians solder electrical wiring and components to printed circuit boards…
…while plumbers make permanent but reversible connections between copper pipes in domestic heating systems.
Silversmiths and jewellers use solder to join precious and semi-precious such as gold, silver and brass.
And not only is soldering used for commercial applications such as plumbing and metal working, it is also used widely in the home too:
Electronic kits, music and audio, gadgets and hobbies
Arts and crafts projects such as glass art, even fusing together fabric!
Connecting guitar wire to the lugs on a guitar
Furthermore, all this soldering does not always take place on a suitable work bench! A soldering and brazing mat will protect most areas including: