Brazing has a similar outcome to soldering in that it helps to create a strong joint between two different base metals without having to melt or break down the individual components. The process of brazing is the process of bringing together two separate metals with a metallic filler, which is referred to as the braze, which will flow over the joints and then create a bond that can be relied upon. This method is a great way of creating a bond that can be very difficult to see, it can be utilised at a great range of heats and temperatures and it is also possible to twist, jolt and shake the bond without compromising the quality of the join.
While brazing is similar to soldering, there are differences with respect to the temperatures and metal. Brazing is a great tactic when there is a need to bolster together different shapes and configurations with joints that are much more linear in fashion. This is one area where brazing carries a notable improvement over soldering. The fact that rods, pipes and all manner of metal shapes can brazed as long as the different pieces are able to be fitted neatly to each other makes this a great strategy to use when bringing different forms of metal together.
Before the process of brazing gets underway it is important to ensure that the area around where the joint will be has been properly cleaned. If it is not properly cleaned, there will be a clumping of braze around this area which means that the joined created will be inconsistent. After the area has been washed, a melted flux should be applied to it. The use of the flux is to ensure that oxides are removed because this will ensure that an oxidation process does not occur during brazing which will help to ensure that the surface remains smooth and that the braze will be applied evenly.