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March 9, 2009 AT 8:04 am

Solder reflow with a frying pan

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Adam Pierce’s solder reflow with a frying pan – part 1 & part 2. Adam writes –

I’ve been dying to have a go at this ever since I read some hobbyist websites on how to do solder reflow at home. I never even thought this was possible to do on a hobbyist budget.

Electric SkilletThe idea is to use a frying pan or toaster oven to perform solder reflow for SMT circuit boards. I decided to use a skillet thinking that a toaster oven would melt components since it heats both top and bottom.

I managed to find the perfect thing. A pre-owned 9″ electric skillet from the Salvation Army shop for $3.

Believe it or not, this device is not a precision instrument. The temperature dial is simply numbered from 1 to 10. The first thing I need to do is get some idea of what actual temperature this thing gets to.

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1 Comment

  1. I’ve tried a quite similar approach by drilling a hole in an aluminium block and sticking in a digital steak thermometer. It worked really nice on a kitchen heat plate…

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