the Master Appliance is on sale for ~$75 with the 20% off coupon. I've used Weller WSTA3 & WPA2s in the field for 20 years, & this Master Appliance seems every bit as good...and at half the price. I also buy the Master appliance butane by the case...I've never bought weller butane, afaik.

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...FN6SOO/tvwb-20

Really not a bad option for someone's first soldering station, but most would probably be better served with something more traditional/reliable.

I've been using one since June & I like it enough to recommend. I bought a second one last night when I noticed & used the 20% off coupon. Don't buy the kit, just get the metal case.