removing parts from PCBs

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Mon Nov 14 12:01:39 CST 2005

On 11/14/2005 at 9:32 AM Dwight K. Elvey wrote:

> I've used peanut oil and a fry pan. Then wash the
>parts in detergent to remove the oil. You need to wear
>gloves and goggles as safety gear. Hot peanut oil
>in your eye is not something I'd like to even think about.
> Make sure that the assembler didn't bend the corner leads
>of the ICs. If they did, you'll need to straighten them
>before the oil, using a soldering iron.
> It just seems to me that the oil method is a little more
>controlled than a torch.

That's downright scary--oil fires are nasty.   And burns from oil that hot
(I've had them from cooking) take a long time to heal.

I've heard plenty about the big 30-quart propane-fired turkey fryers
catching fire. I'm not so sure that I'd like to try your method, although
it sounds interesting.

Is synthetic automotive oil flammable at desoldering temperatures?

When I'm removing the bottom bow cap of a large tuba, I simply put the
entire bow on an old propane barbeque grill that has the bottom rack lined
with firebrick.  No direct flame and the result is that in a few minutes of
heating the big assembly falls apart.  I may try the same setup to desolder
an old board to see if it fares any better than a torch. 


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