Texas Propane - February 2007
Branding irons have come a long way since cattle owners used the brand to mark their animals.
A California company, BrandNew Industries, says its gas and electric-heated branding irons can be used on wood, leather, plastic and other materials. The company even has a product to mark cement for concrete contractors who want to "sign" their work.
Branding irons are engraved into bronze or brass and attached to either an electric heating element, a propane heated brander, or to an insulated handle to be heated with a propane torch or other external heat source.
One example of modern day branding units is the "Hemi" Tire Brander (formerly called "the Golf Ball" brander), which features 1-inch numbers, zero through nine, plus the capacity on the end for three, one-inch interchangeable characters.
The option of interchangeable characters in this tool allows quick branding of alphanumeric characters that remain constant for many applications of the brand. This brander can be heated electrically or with propane, with the company's Porto-Pro™ portable, propane-powered heating element.
The company has a unit for normal use and a heavy duty unit, which produces about twice the heat. Both models include a 10-foot hose for connecting to a 20 pound propane tank.
The company says there are many reasons to use the propane unit, including the following.
- Ideally suited for field use or where electrical power is limited or not available.
- Lightweight design reduces operator fatigue.
- Rugged construction.
- Allows operator to change branding irons quickly and easily.
- Comes with a 10-foot hose for connection to your propane tank.
- Safe to use.
- No heat blowback to threaten operator's hands.
- Economical to use.
According to BrandNew Industries President Paul Burri, the company's heavy duty propane units are used in a variety of interesting ways, including making certification stamps for shipping palettes and marking bee hives. "Stealing bee hives is big business these days," Burri said. "A typical hive is worth around $1500." Burri also noted that the value isn't necessarily in the honey. "The money is in the bees. Bee keepers will load up a flatbed with dozens of hives and rent them to orchards, where the bees pollinate the trees."
For more information on the company and their products, visit www.BrandNew.net.