- Heat Control – basically the degree of heat can be changed depending on the pen
- Quality and amount of tips included in the kit
- The overall value of the kit based on price to quality ratio
Pick #1 TRUArt Professional Woodburning and Detail Kit
Our top pick is the TRUArt Professional Wood-Burning and Detail Kit due to its fine combination of quality, tip variations, and heat control. It’s a 60-watt light wood burning kit that comes with an impressive set of up to 20 different tips.
The kit features a digital voltage control, which you can easily use to precisely set the exact level of heat you would like to use at any given moment. Thanks to its rapid heat response, you will not have to wait for the pen tool to cool down first for you to switch tips.
With this large assortment of tips and great heat control, you can quickly and precisely iterate your designs with great detail. This means that with this wood burning kit, you can quickly work through even the most complicated designs.
Due to varied thermodynamic properties, some of the tips cannot be changed quickly. As a result, more experienced users alternatively use other premade tips instead.
Luckily, this kit has multiple variations (see Amazon listing) and you can buy exactly what you need without purchasing extra equipment you are not going to use.
Pick #2 Razertip Dual Burner with Large Skew Pen
Coming in hot at a close second is the Razertip dual burner that comes with a large skew pen. This wood-burning kit could easily have been our top pick only if it had not been more expensive.
The kit comes with two-burner pens that you can simultaneously plug in and conveniently interchange while working on your project. Additionally, it also has undeniably good temperature control with customers reporting fast temperature to pick up and downtime allowing the pens to cool down and heat up fast.
For this reason, most users claim to have been able to change tips within 10 seconds of unplugging.
However, this woodburning kit only comes with a single tip. Therefore, if you are looking for premade tips, you might have to purchase them separately or simply do what some of the experienced wood burners do. That is to make your own tips.
Pick #3 Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool
The Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool comes in third as the best option for people on a budget or wanting a low-risk option to see if they like woodburning. It is a very common woodburning kit among beginners.
The kit comes with a rubber grip on the pen that makes it comfortable to use for extended periods of time and also the versa-temp variable temperature control to manage the heat emitted by the pen. However, you might be unable to adjust the temperature as it is either on or off.
This goes up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit meaning that your tips will break if you do not wait for them to cool completely.
On the upside, the kit comes with 11 tips that allow for lots of designs. These not only work on wood but can also be used on plastic and leather.
The Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool is a great test option if you are looking for a mix of both quality and affordability. However, you should know that it will not last as long as other wood-burning kits that cost hundreds of dollars.
Pick #4 Wall Lenk Wood Burning Tool Kit
The Wall Lenk Wood Burning Tool Kit is another woodburning kit that offers great value options for both beginners and intermediate wood burning and pyrography professionals. The kit basically includes 7 burning tips for designs, 2 cutting and fusing tips, and 1 soldering tip.
It’s the inclusion of the soldering tip makes it more versatile than just any other woodworking kit.
The basic power requirement and heat outage for the Wall Lenk wood burning tool kit goes up to 30 watts of power and 1050 degrees Fahrenheit to heat up the different tips for varied purposes. With this in mind, the soldering and fusing tips make it more practical than just an ordinary wood burning kit.
That said, you should know that the kit can take a little longer to heat up than other kits. On the bright side, tips can be unscrewed before they are fully cooled without risk of cracking or breaking them.
Pick #5 Dremel 2000-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch
The Dremel 2000-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch is a premium woodburning tool kit that can be used for pyrography, area heating, or as a hot knife. Due to its versatility, this wood burning kit can, therefore, be dubbed as the “Swiss Army Knife” of wood burning kits.
As its name suggests, the Dremel 2000-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch, is fueled with butane and is not electric. This means that you can use it for multiple temperatures (1000 to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit) and still keep the price right at around $30.
Furthermore, the kit also features a soldering torch that can be turned on with the simple press of a button. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that you cannot buy replacement-soldering tips from Dremel. Therefore, you will need to buy them somewhere else.
Pick #6 TRUArt Wood and Leather Pyrography Pen Set
The TRUArt Wood and Leather Pyrography Pen Set is a fairly priced woodburning kit that comes with 35 different tips and stamps. It is great for beginners because the stamps allow beginners to trace letters, patterns, and other designs instead of just using freehand.
In addition to these, the included e-book with designs and beginner projects allows for lots of creativity with the different thicknesses and patterns. This kit can be a great addition for you if you are already practicing pyrography.
The kit features multiple heating levels for wood (30 watts) and leather (15 watts), which can easily be alternated by a flip of a switch. The kit could easily top our list but the biggest drawback of this kit is that it does not come with a burner. One will need to be purchased separately.