A lot of soldering iron stands have the metal shaft of the soldering iron in contact with a metal part of the stand. Is this desirable, or should it be avoided?
I've had a couple of those stands with the chrome plated springy spiral that surrounds the shaft. Some designs are made of plate metal and the shaft rests on the metal. Either way, heat is drawn away from the iron and the stand itself heats up.
Shouldn't a stand ideally not come in contact with the shaft/tip of the iron at all? Why are these designs so common?