Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo
That does look like a bad design, I had one from Weller but there was a fabric type wick in that area that kept the flame to a minimum like a mantle on a coleman lantern.
Mine was an older model of this one, Catalog No. PSI100C Product Detail
Yep Derek my old one is a Snap On one that my son bought me for fathers day a long time ago and it has that catalytic "wick" in it and even the replacement tips to fit it that are not genuine snap on have the "wick" . It's been a superb tool but very expensive.
I have heard back form the Product communications Manager at Bernzomatic and she has said she will pass it on to the product engineer team - I sincerely hope she doe because that thing is an accident waiting to happen IMHO.
I also ran it past the store this morning and they were quite amazed at what this tool does or rather doesn't do - properly - plus another large hardware place where I found the Weller and like yours it has the wick. But it didn't have any spare or different tips and so I didn't buy it as I don't know if they are available in the US.
I also told that store how much of a risk it was but I don't think they really care that much.
In any case I am going to contact our state department re my concerns as out here everyone is very safety conscious these days and as I said I wouldn't like to find out that someone had been hurt by one of these tools through me not saying anything.