I've had a very basic but trusty Antex gas soldering iron for approx. 25 years. It's not something that gets regular use butdoes come in very handy from time to time.
Similar to this one
On a recent requirement for it I found it had developed a leaking filler valve so it was time to lay the little feller to rest.
Anyhoosen, I was looking for a replacement but got a little carried away looking at the likes of Portasol and Weller who make some rather nice kits than can do all sorts of things apart from just basic soldering. At nudging £100 I came back down to earth!
Looked up a few, the Dremel came out OK in reviews but there was one that kept popping up under various names, like these things tend to, at roughly £40 depending on marque and seller that was thought of as good value. I was close to hitting the button when I wandered into Lidl today and saw the exact same kit for €18!!! SOLD
I gave it an experimental run today and it seems pretty decent, certainly far better than the one I had before plus it can do more, I particularly like the mini hot air blower, perfect for shrink wrapping in tight spots.
If your local Lidl is doing them and you feel the need go for it.
Hi Chris Around 1955, just after I started with the Postmaster General's Department (now Telstra), Chatswood Telephone Exchange still had REAL gas heated soldering irons (not little toys ! ) for their M.D.F. (Main Distribution Frame) They also had 50V lead lamps on pulleys for lighting in a few of the older equipment bays, which were soon after replaced by fluorescent lighting.