Fire Heated Branding Iron Includes permanently attached handle with heat shield.
These branding irons are cast from a unique copper alloy, Aluminum Bronze, with superior high-temp properties. They are designed and manufactured to include "breaks" or "vents" at intersecting lines to prevent blotching.
Size & Cost
Note: A typical cattle brand would be made up from 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" tall characters.
Custom fire heated brands are currently priced accordingly. Brands up to 4" are priced at $115. Brands over 4" and up to 5" are priced at $125. Brands over 5" and up to 6" are priced at $135. Brands over 6" will be custom priced based on the design. Fire brands include a permanently attached handle and heat shield.
Heating and Use
We feel Aluminum Bronze is a better alloy for fire branding because it holds heat better than other metals such as stainless steel.
Aluminum bronze does have a lower melting temperature than steel, but it is not necessary to get the brand close to the melting temperature to get a good fire brand so we still feel it is a better option than steel.
Because of the lower melting temperature, our brands should not be left unattended in a fire of an unknown high temperature for extended amounts of time. This could result in the brand getting too hot and melting if you are not there and do not notice the brand glowing red. The brand can get red hot before melting, but it does not need to be that hot to fire brand so we generally recommend using that as an indicator that the brand is getting too hot.