The use of branding tools is important when it comes to livestock identification; however, choosing the method that best fits your needs can require a little homework. If you’re considering investing in an electric branding iron, here’s what you should know about how they stack up to their more traditional, fire-heated counterparts.
Requires Fewer Heating Accessories
As opposed to fire-heated branding irons that must use separate heating sources such as a torch, stovetop, or branding pot to heat the iron, electric branding irons only require a 110-volt electrical outlet. That’s because electric branding irons are heated by electricity. Electric-powered heating adds an extra level of convenience to your branding process by saving you the hassle of dealing with cumbersome heating accessories.
Delivers a Faster Heating Process
Because they don’t require fire to heat them, electric branding irons enjoy a more “set it and forget it” type of warming process. Electric branding irons are typically equipped with a 10-foot cord that can be plugged into any outlet. This results in a much faster heating process than traditional fire-heated brands. In fact, when plugged in, electric branding irons can reach and maintain a constant, even, and desired temperature within 90 seconds.
Reaches Precise Heating Temperatures
While fire-heated branding irons can reach a suitably hot temperature to make a clear and permanent brand, there isn’t really an accurate way to gauge how hot the iron completely gets. Such torch heating can also lead to the iron handle getting too hot, which can make handling it dangerous for those not properly trained.
By using electricity to heat up, electric branding irons can deliver heating accuracy that fire-heated branding irons cannot. The built-in heating elements used in electric branding torches can be heated to a precise temperature that not only gives you the best brand, but also makes the branding process safer.
Maintains Consistent Heat
Fire-heated branding irons will cool the longer they are exposed to air. This often results in inconsistent temperatures that can affect the quality of a brand if the hot iron is not directly and immediately applied. This type of problem does not apply to electric branding irons. As long as they are plugged into an electrical outlet, electric branding irons can easily be heated back up to your desired temperature.
Custom Branding Iron Professionals
Whether it’s traditional fire-heated, electrical, or freeze branding, choosing the right branding iron is important. That’s why you should rely on the expertise of local branding professionals for all your custom branding needs. With more than 90 years of experience, Domer’s has set the standard of high-quality, customized branding irons. You can upload a picture or drawing, or we can help you design a custom branding iron to make identifying your livestock easy. To get a custom-designed branding iron or to learn more about our services, give us a call today at 863-763-3417.