I wanted to start a thread addressing this question, as there seems to be considerable variation as to what will cause base burn, what temp the iron has to be at to burn/melt the base, how to remedy it, how to spot it, etc etc...
Few questions to begin, (being that I recently started tuning my gear) pertains to when one sees smoke coming off an iron, swix wax melt temps,etc. It seems to me, that whenever i plug my iron in, even if it is set at the 110-120 or so range, smoke billows up for a few minutes, then it seems subsides. If I see this, should I be turning the temp down anyways? Even if the wax I am using calls for 130-140 temp?
Also, I have noticed, that almost all swix waxes will start to drip at a MUCH lower temp than the recommended temp labeled on the box. For example, the CH7 I have, states to set the iron @ 135; wax will start to melt and drip, although slowly mind you, at 100-110. With this being said, should I not be so concerned and just go with the recommended temp set by swix?
I suppose I am being a bit over cautious. But nonetheless, would like to avoid burning my bases at all costs when I wax.