First — THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of the hard working people in the USPS during this, and every holiday season. I appreciate you SO MUCH. This is a hectic time of year, and your dedication to making everyone’s holidays happy is truly awesome!
For my customers: The below is a sampling of the time it takes to get an order when you’ve given me the green light to ship it. The below table is my experience with real packages and tracking this holiday season. I’m not in a “hub” city for the USPS. Trenton, Ohio is the origin for the below list of packages:
TABLE LAST UPDATED: 2021-12-13 — Doing great! 5 Calendar Days is the longest as of today.
If you have been asking yourself “is an aluminum or brass branding iron better?” The answer is that both are good choices and it really comes down to how it will used and cared for.
My advice: Always buy aluminum for food. As far as durability goes, it is hard to be patient enough to damage an aluminum branding iron when holding it by the handle over a flame. Only by propping it up, turning your attention elsewhere, and failing to check it periodically have I seen them damaged. Brass will survive this sort of abuse better.
Either one will make 4-6 impressions before needing another 30 seconds of heating with a torch. Both should be held by hand over the heat source and have their temperatures checked once a minute until the first hint of a mark on scrap wood. Then, I recommend checking them every 30 seconds after that first hint is seen.