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Offline jmelson

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Re: DIY reflow oven - suitable UK/EU candidates
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2017, 07:25:55 AM »
I got a Philps P&P machine in 2007 and came up with my own reflow oven scheme.  I got the biggest GE toaster oven they had at our WalMart store.  It will hold a board up to 8 x 11" or so, which I occasionally do.  I got a ramp and soak temperature controller on eBay and some really small thermocouple extension wire.  When I tried to do the reflow with the thermocouple just in the air, it fried the boards black.  So, I poke the thermocouple into a through hole in the board, and it controls the actual board temperature.  I do both leaded and lead-free soldering, and adjust the final temp for the solder being used.  The ramp and soak controller can be set for degrees at start and end of the ramp and time of the ramp.  So, I have it programmed for ramp to 180 C, hold for 1 minute, ramp to desired temp, hold 1 minute, then cool down.

The oven has 4 heating elements that run horizontally, two above the rack, two below.  The elements run the full length left to right.  I made some rectangular rings out of stainless steel rod that sit on the racks.  As I usually have parts on both sides of the boards, I do the backs first (usually just decoupling caps and small passives) then do the top side with the chips.  The wire rings keep the back side components from touching the rack.

I have had very good results with this, and have done over 1000 boards.

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Re: DIY reflow oven - suitable UK/EU candidates
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2017, 06:55:53 AM »
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Re: DIY reflow oven - suitable UK/EU candidates
« Reply #52 on: November 16, 2017, 10:30:05 PM »
I know this is an older topic, but since it's referred to from the build guide on the Whizzo website it seems like the right place.

Another usable candidate for a reflow oven could be the Rommelsbacher BG950 'Speedy'. I'ts a 10 liter model, slightly bigger than the Steba KB 11. It has a top and bottom quarz heating element for a total 950 watts heating power. It also allows for the tray to be positioned exactly between the elements. It is a little low on power, but it's also quite cheap when buying from German Amazon, so you could buy two and use the heating elements of the second oven to double up on heating power.

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Re: DIY reflow oven - suitable UK/EU candidates
« Reply #53 on: November 16, 2017, 10:51:55 PM »
You can see my attempts for a reflow oven HERE.

It uses the Andy Brown reflow controller.
It's a 10 liter one, very small, vey cheap.
You will see how a resistance heating element fails at trying to maintain the correct profile.

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Re: DIY reflow oven - suitable UK/EU candidates
« Reply #54 on: December 16, 2017, 08:07:30 PM »
Hey, I got my Controleo3; but can't find a small good oven. Any support is welcome !

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Re: DIY reflow oven - suitable UK/EU candidates
« Reply #55 on: December 19, 2017, 05:03:16 PM »
I have been looking through Amazon for my country and Germany, considering these:
(convection, Spice - Habanero electric convection oven - 23 - 31 - 40 liters - 1380 - 1500 watts)
(TZS First Austria - 19 Liter Minibackofen mit Kr├╝melblech | 1380 Watt | Innenbeleuchtung | Umluft | Mini Pizza-Ofen | Doppelglast├╝r | Timer | Backofen | Mini Backofen | Pizzaofen)
Probably my first choice, it seems well built and it's also a convection oven. Two heating elements plus fan and under 80 eur.
Probably my second choice, though the Spice is even cheaper. Looks solid, not sure if it has a fan. No information on heating elements.
(Moulinex Optimo, seems like you just pay for the brand here)

I have a few boards that will be a PITA to do by hand, so I'm more or less rushed to get this build started. Any comments? I hope this helps other people too.

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