I have used both. The woodburner is more user friendly becuase the tip is different on it. The soldering iron has a small pointer tip and i had to use the round rod that attaches the handle to the end to seal my ends. It worked but the end on the woodburner is the perfect shape for this so I could actually use the end of it. They may sell tip attachments for a soldering iron, that I don't know, I was using my husband's that is about 100 years old.