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post #31 of 36
Originally Posted by sanigene View Post

 I’ve heard or read somewhere that you shouldn’t use a household iron for waxing?  Is that true?  If yes, why….

It's not true. Sure real wax irons are better (as long as they are not 200eur worth Swix irons, which had so weak heater you can't even use it for fluoro powders). But except for a bit better temperature control, there's no difference. One year, we had Swix irons instead of Toko in our team, and after first week of struggle with that shi**, I have been using old household iron for all season long. So if it was good for WC, I'm sure it's good enough for home usage too ;)
post #32 of 36
 Yeah but don't get one that has the non-stick coating (like on frying pans) They will tear up so fast even if your edges are like perfect.
post #33 of 36
The Teflon that got scraped off my travel iron ended up in the wax which I imagined made me go faster. I believe Teflon is a flouro carbon... :)
post #34 of 36
I once tried a compact Swix or was it Toko travel ski wax iron and it wouldn't get hot enough to iron in the wax. After that I used an old clothes iron from a second hand store that worked great.

BTW there is no need to fill in the holes in an old steam iron, just don't put any water in the iron!
post #35 of 36
If you plug the holes, you will not see smoke unless the iron is too hot. Wax getting up in the iron is not horrible, but it's nice to not have that feature.

Alpinord's old iron still had the holes open when he sold it to me, but it was on his suggestion that I plugged them with JB Weld. It's a hot tip, listen to me now and hear me later. The GE is still available for 5 + shipping, $10 + shipping with plugged holes.

Primoz used a clothes iron on the WC. No that's not water closet. Steve Smith uses this exact same iron I'm making available to you!

I'm now offering this iron to any EpicSki supporter for free + shipping, $5 + shipping with holes plugged, total estimated cost 5 or 10 dollars shipped. I'm just trying to pass on the good deal I got from Alpinord. If I had known this GE was in the back of my closet, I wouldn't have bought his B&D. It does appear to have been used on skis, but I was using a teflon travel clothes iron for many years.

I guess because I didn't like the holes on the GE, I considered the travel iron an upgrade, and forgot I still had the GE.
post #36 of 36
 OK, I don't know if I'm even qualified to reply to this thread, because the common theme here  is that you can get away with the cheapest iron you can plug into your socket.  Since I just splurged on the Toko T14 from Alpinord, I think I'm automatically disqualified.  Nonetheless, I'm going to weigh in with my totally biased personal opinion.

Years ago, I used a Norelco, which I somehow misappropriated from my wife.  It worked.  A couple of years ago I upgraded to the ubiquitous green Wintersteiger (also available under a number of other brands) model.  I think I paid about $30 at end-of-season sale.  At $30, it was definitely worth it.  Not in the sense that my skis were faster, but it was more comfortable to use, due to shape/size, time to heat up and the tighter temperature control.  Bottom line, if the missus gives you an old household iron, your decision has been made for you.  But if you're trying to decide between buying a new clothes iron and a ski iron, go with the ski iron.  The price difference is minimal, and the wax iron will work better.

Now, enter the other extreme, top of the line wax iron, a digital one - who needs a digital wax iron?  Maybe WC technicians do.  Maybe.  Most likely, they don't.  They probably have a 15-year old iron which the can set by touch to the exact temperature they want.  Honestly, I don't need one.  It's not going to make me competitive with WC skiers.  I don't even think it's going to make me competitive with my old self from the pre-digital era.  I doubt it makes a significant difference in the end result, but it's a breeze to use.  It adjusts to the new temperature setting extremely fast, and stays there within a very narrow margin.  Also, it is just a very good wax iron.  The grooves in the sole plate distribute the wax very efficiently, much easier than my old Wintersteiger.  

I think of this the same as about getting up to the mountains.  I can get there in a Chevy or in a BMW.
Neither is going to make me a better skier.  Judging by the nuber of BMWs in the parking lot of any resort, the fun-factor wins over the cost-factor very frequently.
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