Never put the hot iron onto the base of your board without any wax on the board. You can get some wax off ebay for pretty cheap or some online stores in oz. Shouldn't be more than about $20 posted for a block of wax that will do your board roughly 10-20 times. Don't go for the ultra mega fast graphite stuff, any all temp should do in aussie conditions. I actually went halves with a mate on an iron, scraper and wax. Cost us about $95 all up. Where you going to board? Plannig on a trip to VIC or NSW?