Tips for Using an Electric Branding Iron

by Dave

Wondering about how to use a branding iron on wood? With our top tips, you’ll see just how simple it is and how quickly you can get started on branding your projects.

If you prefer a practical demonstration, watch this video to learn more:

How Do You Use an Electric Branding Iron?

Just plug the iron into an electrical outlet. Within 20 minutes it will be hot enough to brand a large batch of items.

The ideal temperature for an electric branding iron depends on what kind of material you are branding. Here is a summary:

  • Plastics require a low temperature, so you should set the branding iron’s temperature control unit to between 20% and 30%.
  • When you brand leather, the ideal temperature is between 40% and 60%.
  • To brand wooden items, set the temperature to 70%.

Preparing the Surface

After heating your branding iron it will be ready to use immediately, but there is something you can do just before you use it.

We recommend you spritz the wood with water or wet the area with a towel just before placing your brand over the surface. This will help you get a cleaner burn.

Tips for Using an Electric Branding Iron, spritz the wood with water or wet the area with a towel just before placing your brand


Using Your Branding Iron

You only need to apply the branding iron to the item being branded for 2-3 seconds to leave a clear and lasting impression.

How Long Does a Branding Iron Stay Hot?

Before you start branding items, it’s important that the iron is hot enough. If you try to use a branding iron that is too cool, it will not leave a noticeable mark on the item you are branding.

Electric branding irons do not require frequent reheating because they stay hot enough for a long time, so they are the best choice when you are branding a large batch of items.

For example, they are best if you are branding drink coasters as wedding favors for everyone on your guest list.

Note: By contrast, torch-heated brands cool off very quickly, which could mean reheating your iron each time you brand an item.

How Long Does the Branding Iron Take to Cool Down?

The iron takes longer to cool down than it does to heat up. Let it cool for a long time before you touch the branding plate.

When you let your branding iron cool down, you should always place it in a horizontal position. If you place it vertically, with the branding plate down, it could damage the branding plate or other parts of the branding iron.

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