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  1. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Member

    Need to buy a new burning / soldering mat which is the best on the market for both Mapp & Propane?
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    TBH non of them I just use a cheap one and bin it when it gets a bit old
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  3. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Member

    They seem to fall apart quicker these days than a few years ago.
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  4. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR

    6” square of aly checker-plate lol
  5. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    The bloke who trained me used an old asbestos meter base plate. :eek::eek:. My heat mats normally last a few installs then I change it for a new one.
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  6. Tommo25

    Tommo25 GSR

    Yep especially so with mapp gas, seems to make them crumble and dissintigrate
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  7. Gasmk1

    Gasmk1 GSR

    think they are all crap they are not substantial enough like the ones from 70's and 80's probably the older ones had more asbestos in them :eek: new ones are good in that they are slim and can fit in tight spaces but i think you have to accept they only last a fraction of the time. might be worth your while building one into a price when you do bigger jobs.
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  8. bacon_sandwich

    bacon_sandwich GSR

    I use a range of metal plate which i can bend to shape.
  9. Darren Jackson

    Darren Jackson Plumber GSR

    There all rubbish now a days. Has any one tried the Laco spray heat deflector? I got a small freebie bottle from the rep last week. Haven't tried it out yet and I'm a bit sceptical. I'll try it out on something that's hidden away before I use it in an area that will be seen.
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  10. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Never used it. But if it good let me know mate.
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  11. Gazzzz101

    Gazzzz101 New Member

    Ellis Board!!
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  12. johnduffell

    johnduffell Member

    I had a load of wall tiles left over, offcuts and that, so I used them last time, seemed pretty heat resistant. Other option is use speedfit everywhere:D
  13. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    The one that looks like asbestos. It was a woven thick thing. Lasted years. (Now I'm hoping it wasn't asbestos).o_O
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  14. Gasmk1

    Gasmk1 GSR

    probably was :eek:
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  15. Jim Goodenough

    Jim Goodenough Member

    Gotta watch they don't blow-up in your face.. :(:eek:
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