In early February, a correspondent pointed me to Jeff Keyzerâ€™s mightyOhm blog. I immediately ran across his homebrew PID-controlled soldering hotplate and improvements, and immediately knew I had to have one.
I contacted Jeff through his blog and he was great about sharing his knowledge. Heâ€™d built his hotplate using the last of some surplus parts heâ€™d picked up at a now-closed store in the Valley and was considering ordering a batch of parts to make a few for all the folks inquiring about them, but hadnâ€™t done so yet. I was eager, decided itâ€™d be quicker to make my own (and three months later, that may actually have been correct), and went off to eBay to find myself some parts.