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« on: February 12, 2012, 04:17:39 PM »

Anyone know where I can get my hands on a cheap branding iron? Wanted something I could just stick in the fire and brand bouys.
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 05:54:02 PM »

There is a company out there.  I got one for my corks.  Maltese cross FD inside.  Try google.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 06:56:29 PM »

Can you make one or have your local welding shop make one for you.  Guess it depends on what your number is on how hard it would be.  I lucked out as my license # is 222 so one single 2 did the trick for me.  Another thought is the last few years I started using a dremel with I think it's a 5/16" wood cutting bit.  Works great!  Just a couple thoughts that may help save you a few $$$.  good luck
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 07:01:10 PM »

Can you make one or have your local welding shop make one for you.  Guess it depends on what your number is on how hard it would be.  I lucked out as my license # is 222 so one single 2 did the trick for me.  Another thought is the last few years I started using a dremel with I think it's a 5/16" wood cutting bit.  Works great!  Just a couple thoughts that may help save you a few $$$.  good luck

I made both of mine.  Each 5 digit numbers.  Use 1/8" round stock tack welded to 1/4 or 3/8 round stock.  Stick it in a fire for 5 minutes and do about 8-10 buoys. 

Mike Keller sells "real" electric branders for around $120, last time i checked.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 07:07:22 PM »

I think Eddie Heath will make one up with your numbers on it.

Don't know the cost though.

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 07:14:48 PM »

None of are cheap, if your not doing many a wood burner will work..
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 08:00:09 PM »

None of are cheap, if your not doing many a wood burner will work..
or a Dremel tool..... Works great.  Ya can sharpen up year olds...
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2012, 09:00:48 AM »

I fot my branding iron for $10.  I thought that was reasonable.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2012, 09:33:08 AM »

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    $50 or so

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CUSTOM-MADE-BRANDING-IRONS-YOU-CHOOSE-28-99-shipping-GREAT-GIFTS-WESTERN-DECOR-/160730597616?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256c4a48f0
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2012, 09:40:35 AM »

Bend a coat hanger.
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2012, 10:30:08 AM »

Mike Keller LTD has an electric one for $15 - but it looks like a wood burner. You have to get a catalog or call the 800#, it's not online.
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2012, 11:00:01 AM »

The cheap wood burners work ok on any of the foam, including styrofoam corks. Don't think I'd run it all day but for a box at a time it's good and no down time in the torch or fire.
I made a set from 1/8" square stock brazed to the same stock sideways as a backer and that works too, but it's a pain to shape some of the numbers, and isn't much faster.
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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2012, 02:27:55 PM »

If you plan on doing any amount of buoys, get a real brander from Mike Keller, with the interchangable bronze letters.  Once it heats up, its way faster then a dremel or waiting for a non electric one to heat up.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2012, 05:13:40 PM »

Check this rig out, can grill, smoke meat, and mark your buoys from one flame source:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv2hAszvBAI&feature=fvst
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