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Large irons

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 5:43 PM Quote
Let's talk about large irons. Have you found any that hold a temperture?
Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 2:19 AM Quote
Best bet for the large iron is to go to a thrift store or the good will and buy something made back in the 70's with a fabric cord and a heavy thick sole plate.

Do not use digital inferred thermometers to calibrate your big iron.

Understand the even the best irons will have a temp swing and every iron has hot spots. That is why you check the temp on the hot spot and that is why you iron the fabric 3 times at every temp setting. Hopefully the hot spot will be at its hottest on one of the 3 passes as you go over every inch of the fabric 3 times. The key is not to over heat the fabric. Avoid going over 350 deg in open bays where the fabric needs to have it's elasticity to maintain tension as the airframe shrinks is cold temps.

You can buy a cheap dry iron from

They get plenty hot but do have up to a 25 deg temp swing.