How hot does a heat gun get?

  • Mar 31, 2022
  • By Tamilore Gibadi

Heat Gun

A heat gun is a device used to emit a stream of hot air, usually at temperatures between 100 °C and 550 °C (200-1000 °F), with some hotter models running around 760 °C (1400 °F), which can be held by hand. Heat guns usually have the form of an elongated body pointing at what is to be heated, with a handle fixed to it at right angles and a pistol grip trigger in the same pistol form pistol form factor as many other power tools.

One of the big advantages that heat guns have over other heat-producing tools is that they're flameless. While flames can damage the surface you're trying to heat and even cause a fire, the hot air from a heat gun is a safer source of heat for your home improvement projects. For most heat gun projects, 750 degrees Fahrenheit (399 degrees Celsius) is hot enough to do the trick, and many heat guns allow you to adjust the temperature. Other important features include a stand or legs to rest the gun on when you're not using it, as well as a part that allows you to direct the air flow [source: Capotosto].

What do you use a heat gun for?

Heat guns can be used for a lot of different projects, including home improvement, auto repair, design, crafts, composite work and more. 

For paint-stripping projects, a heat gun allows you to loosen the paint easily. Once it blisters from the heat, it makes the hand scraping part of the task much easier. Similarly, heat guns help you remove glazing putty by softening it before you go at it by hand. If you were to attack it straight with a chisel, you'd risk damaging the surface around the undesired putty. Heat guns can be used to apply veneer tape and plastic laminate to curved edges, and they also allow you to loosen damaged vinyl tiles without harming surrounding ones. Additionally, heat guns are good for defrosting freezers, thawing frozen locks, warming frosted copper pipes and drying damp surfaces.

Gas or electric 

The two most popular types of heat gun are differentiated by how they are powered. Gas heat guns are less frequently used but do benefit from being cordless, while electric heat guns are the most popular option. Although they are more restrictive in that they have a cord, they are much safer and can be adapted with extension cords.  

My Tool Shed only stock  electric heat guns as they are easier to use for all abilities, and we prioritise the safety of our customers. 

What do they do? 

With temperatures ranging from 100-600° Celsius, heat guns can tackle a range of jobs with ease. Typically, people use heat guns for removing paint and wallpaper, heating and bending plastics and softening glue and adhesive. They’re also useful for thawing frozen pipes in the winter and for shrink wrapping, working much faster than a standard hair dryer. 

Amongst the more standard uses, there are some surprising things you can use a heat gun for. Removing dents, restoring trims on your car and even cooking bacon – heat guns can assist you with almost anything! So, the next time you fancy some roasted coffee, you could make your own with your heat gun, saving time and money! 

Whilst its fun to try out new things with your heat gun, remember its always important to keep safe. Make sure you’re in a suitable environment and are wearing the correct protective clothing. 

Which heat gun should I buy? 

When you’re looking for a new tool to add to your collection, you need to firstly consider what you’re going to be using it for. With heat guns, they vary in power, hot air flow and temperature control. People who use a heat gun regularly, for work or around the house, will benefit from a more powerful heat gun. We stock a range of heat guns with, 240-volt power, perfect for frequent use. 

Temperature control is also important to ensure safety and also to make sure that the heat gun can carry out all the tasks you need it to. Some heat guns come with a memory function for a consistent temperature, which is handy for frequent users. 

My Tool Shed 

At My tool shed, all of our products are high quality at low prices. Our selection of heat guns has something suitable for every purpose and ability. Any questions? Our friendly team are on hand to provide more information. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Where can I get a heat gun?

Heat guns are often sold at home improvement and craft stores, but it’s important to make an informed decision before purchasing one of these tools.

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