Wood burning tools are pen-like devices which can effortlessly create impressive art, crafts and customize all types of items and furniture. If you’re new to pyrography or this type of crafting, it can be overwhelming to know what you’ll need to get started. We are therefore reviewing the best wood burning kits on the market, looking at the best wood burning pens, accessories and cases.
What are Wood Burning Pens?
Wood burning pens (or pyrography pens) are pen-like devices used for pyrography.
Pyrography dates from the 17th century and is the free handed art of decorating on wood or other materials (leather, ceramic). Calligraphy and drawings are the most popular forms, as a large range of tones and shades can be achieved by varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material.
Wood burning pens usually also double as soldering irons, which can then be used for repairs and other types of crafting, like jewellery. They have variable and adjustable heat settings which are essential for burning on different types of surfaces that require their own heat setting.
In this review we will be looking mainly at the best wood burning kit for beginners, but they each of them are also suitable for intermediate or advanced level.
Best Wood Burning Kits
Aipudi 48pcs Pyrography Wood Burning Tools
This wood burning kit by Aipudi is an excellent introduction to pyrography, providing everything you need to get started. It comes with a high-quality LCD display, stainless steel soldering Iron and 28 pyrography heads.
The LCD display is extremely user-friendly, enabling you to digitally control the heat of the tool. The pyrography pen uses internal heating ceramic technology and heats up quickly and effectively. An ergonomic handle is comfortable and perfect for beginners, intermediate or advanced pyrography.
This is a durable kit which will last a lifetime as the soldering iron tip is corrosion and wear-resistant, and can easily be replaced.
- 1 x LCD digital display engraver pen
- 28 x wood face/cast tip
- 5 x weld head
- 2 x head converter
- 2 x lettering pen
- 1 suitcases for sprayers
- 1 x welding trowels
- 1 x sterilizer
- 1 x curved tweezers
- 1 x cleaning sponges
- 1 universal box
Catnes 97Pcs Wood Burning Kit
This 97-piece kit has a professional-grade tool with soldering iron, yet still one of the best wood burning kits for beginners. With so much included in this kit, there are endless possibilities when creating unique and personalised projects.
The pyrography pen has a soft rubber handle which is fully heat protected and is comfortable to hold for long periods. All 54 different welding tips can easily be used by beginners or experts and can be used on wood, leather, and for formwork cutting, hot stamping and textile embossing.
This kit is great if you’re a beginner as it comes with wooden blocks to practice and in-depth instructions. The nibs are easy to change, but ensure you’re taking the proper precautions and waiting until they’ve cooled.
- 54 x Different Wood Burning Tips
- 18 x Colorful Pencils
- 10 x Carbon Papers
- 7 x Stencils
- 3 x Square Wood
- 1 x Metal Stand
- 1 x 60W Adjustable Temperature Pyrography Pen
- 1 x Tool Bag
- 1 x Wood Burning Tips Storage Box
- 1 x Set of Instructions
PETUOL 82 PCS Wood Burning Kit
Here we have a very similar product to the one above, the features of the wood burning pen are almost identical, but the kits are very different.
You’ll have so much fun experimenting with all the different accessories in this wood burning kit. With 37 different welding embossing tips and accessories, it’s perfect for wood burning beginners, intermediate and experts. There are detailed instructions provided on the website, giving you a step-by-step guide on how to use the pyrography pen and change the tips.
The pen has an on-off switch control temperature of up to 450 ℃ and comfortable rubber handle. As with the previous set, this comes with a high-quality zippered carry case, so the pen and all accessories can easily be transported.
- Pyrography packaging
- 1 × Pyrotechnic wood pen
- 17 × Assorted wood and tip
- 13 × Assorted wood carving tips
- 5 × Assorted wood embossing tips
- 2 × Hot knife chuck
- 2 × Blades
- 12 × Moulds
- 12 x Colored pencils
- 10 x Carbon Paper
- 6 x Wood chips
- 1 x Wood Kit Burning Pen Holder
- 1 x Carrying case
WINONS 54 Pcs Wood Burning Kit for Adults
This multifunctional wood burning kit comes with 54 pieces including a high-quality 30W soldering iron with adjustable temperature switch. Also included are 15 wood burning and embossing heads which are optimal for a beginner or advanced wood burners.
The soldering iron has a comfortable rubber casing for safety and for long usage. Heat is controlled easily, through an on/off switch and simple dial. As with other pyrography pens, this can be used on wood or leather for engraving, and also as a soldering iron making it multifunctional.
This product comes with in-depth instructions and guides on what each tip does, as well as a hard carry case for easy transportation.
- 1 x Hot knife
- 15 x Wood burning and embossing nozzles
- 10 x Soldering and wood burning nozzles
- 2 x Plastic stencils
- 1 x 2mm pencil
- 1 x Pencil core set
- 5 x Tracing copy papers
- 10 Plastic pattern stencils
- 1 x Metal letter stencil
- 1 x Safety stand
- 1 x Cleaning sponge
- 20 cm steel ruler
- 1 x Tweezer
- 1 x Soldering wire
- 1 x Kit bag
- 1 x User manual
Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool
Here is another example of a great woodburning tool with variable temperature control and 11 tips. In general, this is a smaller sized kit to others in our review so perhaps best for beginners looking for a simple pyrography starter kit.
The temperature control gives you full control of the heat for any project, it can be adjusted to a cooler temperature for use on leather, or hotter for use on ceramics. This wood burning pen get’s considerably hotter than others in this review, so it’s great for advanced level wood burners.
Walnut Hollow has provided excellent and easy to understand graphics on the best heat for each project and tip use.
This pyrography pen has a comfort grip for long time use and a heat shield for protection and an easy to use stand. The 11 tips can be used to woodburn; solder; cut and carve a variety of surfaces such as wood, leather and cork.
- Creative Versa-Tool with the comfort grip
- 11 x Interchangeable points with a lead-free solder (Universal, Tapered, Flow, Calligraphy, Shading, Stamping, Mini Flow, Cone, Mini Universal, Hot Knife, and Soldering)
- 1 x Tool stand
Vastar Wood Burning kit - Soldering Pyrography Wood Burning Pen
This soldering pyrography pen is certainly on the cheaper side, the price is extremely low which therefore doesn’t lead to a professional-grade product. That said, if you’re looking for a wood burning pen for beginners and looking to start on the cheap, this is the perfect pen for you.
As well as having a temperature control dial and quick heat dissipation, it does also come with assorted tips and a stand. The tool is extremely simple to use, it just needs plugging in and it’s ready to go, but it does also come with a manual.
- 1 x Wood Burning Pen Holder
- 1 x Sharpener
- 2 x Wood Burning Pencils
- 5 x Wood Burning Stencils
- 28 x Wood Iron Heads
- 1 x User Manual
Woodland Home Wood Burning Kit
This is a deluxe woodburning kit which has everything needed to create fantastic drawings and lettering. The pyrography pen works on wood, leather, cork, cardboard, gourds and other materials.
Another great feature of this woodburning kit is the iron itself, which has a slip and heat resistant handle and an extra-long cord to avoid pulling. The pyrography pen is lightweight making it easy to manoeuvre, with little mistakes. It has a fully adjustable temperature, also doubles as a soldering iron and can, therefore, be used for other crafts and repairs.
The kit comes with 27 wood burning tips and metal alphabet stencils to create perfect lettering. All of the included items come with a deluxe hard case, making it easy to transport without risking damage to the item.
- Adjustable 200-450°C Wood Burner
- 1 x Deluxe Hard Case
- 27 x Various Tips
- 1 x Metal Stencil
- 1 x Instruction manual
Weller WSB25WB 25-Watt Short Barrel Woodburning Kit
This woodburning kit comes in at an extremely low price, with the option of buying a full (15-piece) or half (8-piece) kit – depending on your requirements.
The pyrography pen has a stainless steel barrel and heat resistent handle, all of which is lightweight with a short length cord. This is ideal for wood burning or other crafts.
The wood burning kit consists of 9 wood burning tips, an embossing tip, a hot knife and a stand. This is a great smaller sized kit, for those with more specific requirements. The tool and accessories all fit into a neatly packed travel case, which protects the goods and keeps it organised.
- Iron with universal tip
- Iron stand
- Pattern tip, Transfer tip, Shading tip, Groove tip, Calligraphy tip, Stencil tip, Cutting tip, Dot tip, Hot knife blade, Chuck
- Storage Case
- 7 x Stencil patterns
- 1 x User manual
How to solder using a Wood Burning Kit
- Prepare solder and soldering iron; Especially, it’s necessary to keep the tip clean, which should be coated with solder.
- Ensure the sponge is wet before using.
- Use the soldering iron to heat the weldment, such as PCB leads and pads, and keep the weldment heated evenly.
- When the temperature is high enough, put the solder wire close to the joint, the solder will melt and flow freely.
- Remove the solder wire when the tin is enough.
- Take away the soldering iron in a direction approximately 45°and power off.
- Don’t pull the soldering iron tip outward and use it in that way, this will shorten the life of the iron
Top Tips: Wood Burning for Beginners
- Start with samples: While the freehand method does allow you the most creative freedom, carbon paper and pattern templates will give you better accuracy, which is much more important for newcomers
- Tape the wire to the work desk to avoid it getting in the way and prevent pulling. If the wire gets tight and pulls whilst you’re burning it can cause mistakes to be made and there’s no going back!
- When switching out the tip to insert the new one use tweezers since certain pens will get hot very fast and while you are waiting for hot tips to cool down, you can place them in a heat-safe metal stand, as the tip can heat up to
As provided by Walnut Hollow
Universal Point For all fundamental wood burning techniques including line drawing, curves, and shading. Change the angle and grip of the tool to achieve different techniques.
Flow Point and Mini Flow Point Use to burn curves, dots, and fine details. Works well for cursive writing and dot shading techniques.
Shading Point Creates smooth, even shading in subtle gradations of dark, bold shading. Use different pressure, speed, and movement for contrasting looks. Leaf shapes are easy to stamp using the shape of the point.
Tapered Point Cuts intricate designs from stencil material & burns extra-fine, detailed lines.
Calligraphy Point Creates basic calligraphy style lettering and shaping. For lettering hold as you would a calligraphy pen at a 45° angle. Use the flat side of the point to form lettering components.
Hot Knife Point Cuts and shapes a variety of materials such as foam, faux pumpkins, and foam core board. It is best to use a glass work surface with this point.
Soldering Point and Lead-Free Solder Use together to join metal. For successful soldering adhesion, and point protections, the Soldering Point should be tinned (coated with solder). To do this, apply a small amount of solder to the Point and wipe off on a damp sponge. Wipe Soldering Point often to remove flux buildup. If the flux is hard to remove, quickly rub the Point on fine sandpaper and re-tin again.
Stamping Points Use to create interesting patterns and borders on multiple surfaces. Simply press the point down and hold for a few seconds to stamp the design on to your piece.
A Beginners Guide to Using a Wood Burning Pen
If you’re new to wood-burning, why not watch some videos on YouTube for inspiration and tips on how to get started.
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We love the WINONS 54 Pcs Wood Burning Kit for Adults, it’s a great kit that has all the accessories you would need to get started.
It heats up quickly, has a comfortable grip and is multi-functional. But the factor that really puts this one in the pole position, is the heat control dial. Other pyrography pens for beginners have this tool (some even LED screen), but for the price, this is our favourite.
Thank you for reading our review of the best wood burning kits, hopefully there is a kit in here to suit your needs. Please leave us a comment below with any questions you may have.