A butane iron is a non-electric clothes iron. It is a cordless non-steam iron that uses butane to heat the iron instead of electricity. Butane irons are safe and easy to use and will operate about 5 hours on 150 grams of butane.
At present butane irons are more expensive than electric irons. Both to operate and in the initial purchase. But unlike today’s modern throwaway electric irons, butane irons are very well-built. The butane iron brand that I’m familiar with is Even-Heat. The irons are made in Fredericksburg, Ohio, by Amish Even Heat Manufacturing Company U.S.A.and not in China. American made is an advantage.
The iron is fueled by placing the iron in a horizontal position and fitting the butane can nipple onto the injector valve. The iron is lite by turning the fuel valve about a ½ a turn clockwise and using the flame from a long match or a mini torch inserted into the lighting hole.
It’s a good idea to practice fueling and lighting the iron out-of-doors for the first few times until you are comfortable with the fueling and lighting operations.
The fuel valve regulates the iron temperature and it takes about 3 minutes for the iron to heat up. I iron a lot of natural fibers and because it is not a steam iron, I use a spray bottle to spritz my fabric before ironing.
The best thing about using a butane iron is that there is no annoying auto shut off. How I hate that when I’m sewing! Like all open flame appliances common sense and caution must be exercised.
Even Heat irons have interior parts that can be replaced and are almost idiot proof.
The only problem I have ever encountered with my iron is from over filling. Even Heat irons perform best when they are only partially filled and allowed to burn off all fuel. Adding too much butane to the iron causes gunk to build up inside the generator.
It is simple to fix though. Simply remove the generator and clean it out. It takes about 5 minutes to disassemble and reassemble the iron.
Even Heat recommends only using Ronson® or Lucienne® brands of butane. Lehman’s Hardware and Cottage Craft Works both carry Even Heat irons and parts.