A woodburner is a valuable and in many cases vital piece of technology for a pyrography artist. They are by far one of the most easy and cheap methods for doing pyrography, and they achieve great results.
What is a Burner?
Put into very simple terms, a burner is a machine designed to heat a tool for pyrography. They’re mostly quite small and come in different types depending on the kind of work you want to do.
A transformer in the burner provides the power and directs it through the cord to the pen, which heats up the tip you use to burn with.
Burners generally have a temperature control and will always have either one or two plugs into which you connect your pyrography pen. These are, respectively, called single- and dual-burners.
In fact, a lot of serious artists tend to have multiple different burners for doing different projects. Some will be single-burners, and some dual, and some will have a low range of settings and some a very high range of settings.
One or Two
Single- and dual-burners are designed specifically with the pyrography artist in mind. They have everything an artist could want, and there are lots of different models to choose from.
A lot of burners with settings will have a temperature control of 1-10, each number representing a temperature. A higher number means a higher temperature, and wood burns a little differently depending on how hot the pen is, so for detailed work this is incredibly useful.
Some burners might also have a small extra dial, for temperatures lower than 1, when 1 is just too hot still for the project they’re working on.
Single burners have only got one plug for a pen, so to change between pens requires unplugging the previous hand piece and plugging in the new one. Dual-burners however have 2 plugs, and so can have 2 pens running from it at once. These pens can be interchanged with the flick of a switch on the burner.
The Confusing Business with Wattage
Generally speaking, more watts is better when it comes to electrical appliances. In the case of woodburning however, it doesn’t really matter.
The wattage makes no huge difference when it comes to the quality of the burner, and you should always base your decision off the features you want.
Burners with a solid-point pen that only have one set temperature are a slightly different story. These burners tend to heat up more depending on their wattage, and so care should be taken when selecting tips to use because some tips may not suit the kind of heat put out by one of these burners.
The Burning Question: What do you Buy?
Your decision on what burner to buy when trying to find a burner should never be made off the wattage or any individual feature. Think carefully about what you’ll require any burner you buy to achieve.
If it’s your first burner it can be especially tricky to know what you want. Take your time, look at your options, and consider what it is that you want to do. For a beginner a versatile but simple burner is probably your best option.
If you’re a more experienced pyrography artist will probably have a good idea of what you want, whether a single- or dual-burner or a burner for solid-point pens.
The effects you want to achieve will be determined by the type of burner and tips you have, so always keep in mind what features you want when selecting a burner to buy. With so many options available, you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you.
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