CUSTOM CAST BRANDS
Who We Are
Our process ensures that your custom branding iron appearance is exactly as you expect!
Pittsburg Foundry is located in North East Texas. Capabilities include state of the art CAD design software and a CNC router for the precision manufacture of patterns to match the exact representation of your brand or artwork.
After you approve the artwork, the manufacturing process takes only about a week and your brand is shipped!
You provide the initial art, we respond with final artwork from a CAD system for your review and approval
Upon approval of the drawing, your brand will be manufactured. You pay nothing until the final artwork is approved and the project is ready for manufacturing.
What We Do
We make the highest quality cast branding irons available and provide the best service in the process!
Freeze Brands are cast from Red Brass. Faces are slightly rounded. We like to recommend a minimum character height of about 2 inches for horses or 3 inches for cattle. 1/4 face width is most typical for horses. The most common difficulty faced with freeze branding and hot branding is attempting to get too much detail (too many letters or symbols) in the area. Freeze branding CAN produce some outstanding and detailed images, but we recommend keeping it simple for consistency and for the best chance of good results on your very first brand. It is often easier to manufacture a complex iron than it is to get good results on the animal from a complex image.
Custom freeze brands are currently priced at $85 for 4" and smaller sizes. Brands larger than 4" but within 5" are priced at $95. Steel handles are included with each branding iron. You pay nothing until you approve the computer-generated artwork. Your brand will match the computer generated artwork in every way within a few thousandths of an inch!
You will find that not only do we offer the highest quality iron available anywhere in the country and with the best level of service but that our prices are the lowest available too.
What you will recieve
The first step is to contact Pittsburg Foundry with your design. We can take a written description, a computer CAD file, a FAX copy of an image or you can even mail us a hand sketch. We have manufactured thousands and thousands of freeze branding irons from things like cell phone pictures of vinyl decals and pencil drawings on the back of a napkin. You can download our order form, sketch in your brand design, and send us an image of that form.
Second, we send you a computer generated CAD drawing via email as a .pdf file, FAX or even US mail if that is our only option. After you approve the computer generated art, we email you an invoice and get started on the brand. There are links on the invoice where you can pay securely online with major credit cards, PayPal or electronic check. You can always send a paper check in the mail if that is your preference. Your brand will be completed and shipped in about a week.
If you are dissatisfied with the brand after receiving it, simply return it for a full refund.
Mini / Tack Brands
We also offer mini brands which are manufactured from the approved brand artwork. The mini-brands are used hot to mark boots, hats, saddles, chaps, furniture and any other wood or leather surface desired. They also make the most functional steak brands you can find anywhere period.
The Mini-Brands from Pittsburg Foundry are cast from the same copper alloy as our freeze brands. They are typically constructed in about a 1" over all thickness. Because of the type of material and the mass of the construction you will find that the brands have a surprising ability to retain heat and to distribute heat uniformly across the face of the brand for a uniform and clear mark. We even do what we call a "micro" brand which is normally 1/2 the size of a mini brand. Copper alloys are an absolute necessity for freeze branding, but they are a real luxury for use as a hot brand.
The brand will be between 1" and 2" tall depending on the end user's wishes and the amount of detail in the brand. These little brands generally have a 1/8" face width.
Most Mini-Brands are $45 if ordered alone or $35 if ordered in conjunction with a full size brand. All mini-brands include a steel handle.
Standard Numbers, Letters and Sets
Freeze Branding and Fire Heated Branding Iron Numbers, Letters, Symbols and Forms
Freeze Branding Number Sets
Number sets are composed of 9 characters 0 - 8. To make a "9" the "6" iron is used in an inverted position. Number sets include handles each character. You will receive 9 characters and 9 handles.
1", 1-1/4", or 1-1/2" Tall $120
2" Tall with 1/4" face $128
2-1/2" Tall with 5/16 face $130
3" Tall with 3/8 face $150
3-1/2" Tall with 3/8 face $155
4" Tall with 3/8 Face $165
5" Tall with 9/16 Face $175
6" Tall with 9/16 Face $200
2" and 2-1/2" number are most popular for horses or young calves. 3" and 3-1/2" are most popular for mature cattle.
Freeze Branding Alphabet Sets
Complete alphabet sets include all 26 letters of the alphabet. Alphabet sets are shipped with five handles. Additional handles are available at $2 each if requested.
1", 1-1/4", or 1-1/2" $260
2" Tall with 1/4" face $330
2-1/2" Tall with 5/16" face $340
3" Tall with 3/8" face $395
3-1/2" Tall with 3/8" face $400
4" Tall with 3/8" face $425
Standard freeze brand forms for above letters or numbers Circle $40
Horseshoe 1 $40
Horseshoe 2 $40
Horseshoe 3 $40
Four Leaf Clover $40
Shooting Star $40
Longhorn Symbol $40
Cowboy Hat $40
Standard symbols for letters or numbers
Lightening Bolt $25
Straight Bar Set $25
Wavy Bar $25
Dollar Sign $25
Standard Single Characters for freeze brands
1", 1-1/4", or 1-1/2" $25
2" or 2-1/2" $30
3" or 3-1/2" $35
5" or 6" $40
Buy now Online
If you are ready to order now, you can complete a purchase for many of our products here on the website.
How To Freeze Brand
The information in this section will tell you all you need to know to apply attractive freeze brands to your own animals. Most of the information is contained in .pdf files published by various State Universities. Since the files are in .pdf format, they can be easily printed on standard paper if you want to have a printed reference handy while branding your livestock.