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Best propane torch 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Brayden DiazLet’s get started. After more than 29 hours of research, including interviewing two experts and spending 10 hours testing 21 popular propane torch, I found the best propane torch of 2018.

Just read here for my top 3 recommendations. Why are these 3 propane torch on top of my list? Well read on… You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on propane torch is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best propane torch of 2018

Simply review and buy them. I must say I am quite a fan of propane torch, so when the question “What are the best propane torch available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable propane torch. If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best propane torch. Here we have compiled a detailed list of some of the best propane torch of the 2018.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
5 points
4 points
5 points
Size
4 points
5 points
4 points
Performance
5 points
5 points
4 points
Value
5 points
4 points
4 points
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№1 – BLUE FLAME 9XTL – Multi-Purpose Mapp & Propane Torch | Built-In Ignition | Flow Regulator with Two Torch Tips

 
BLUE FLAME 9XTL - Multi-Purpose Mapp & Propane Torch | Built-In Ignition | Flow Regulator with Two Torch Tips

Pros
Built In Easy Auto Start/Stop Ignition – Easily Ignites and Extinguishes the Flame Quickly
2 Torch Tips / Nozzles: SEAR / HEAT SHRINK Tip – For a wide heating range & SWIRL Tip – For more concentrated heating application
Adjustable Flame Control Dial Allowing for Desired Flame Size
Cons
Nothing, except that I wasted too much time making my choice.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this propane torch win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days.

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Style
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Performance
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Houseables Propane Garden Torch

 
Houseables Propane Garden Torch

Pros
UTILITY TORCH FOR OUTDOOR USE: Solid, single unit torch is a lawn and garden favorite. Quick-start trigger produces a large flame that is easily adjustable and controllable, to aid you in many outdoor essentials including weed and insect control, blacktop repair, and grill and fire pit ignition. Quickly extinguishes when the job is finished.
Cons
Design is a turn off for some users.
Inner parts not as hardwearing as other models.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this propane torch come in second place?

The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.

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Style
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№3 – Worthington 336737 WT2301 Trigger Start Propane Torch

 
Worthington 336737 WT2301 Trigger Start Propane Torch

Pros
Trigger-start ignition easily ignites the flame
Versatile webbed flame completes a variety of household projects, including small diameter soldering, thawing, melting and heat application
Use only with propane fuel, such as the Bernzomatic 14.1 oz. Propane Hand Torch Cylinder
Cons
Not suited for novices.
I didn’t like the attitude of managers and the overall quality of service..
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this propane torch take third place?

We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.

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Style
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Performance
4

4star

Value
4

4star

 

 

propane torch Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy propane torch, right? No!

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My Answer

Deciding what torch to buy can be a lot of work.  The butane, that you own,  will work for many processes like annealing and soldering small items but, are limited in what they can do.  I would make sure that your soldering problems are not related to one of the other soldering-gone-wrong issues before buying a new torch i.e.:  clean metal, close joins, appropriate flux, clean solder, etc.

Torches and their accompanying paraphernalia can be pricey. Decide how much you want to spend.

Do you want a gas/oxygen setup or just a gas/air setup?  Any of these common gases (Acetylene, Propane, Butane, Mapp, Natural Gas), when mixed with oxygen will be much hotter than with air alone. With the Osetup you need two regulators, hoses, tanks, etc.  With just air/gas, you need one of each component.  If you go with just gas/air I recommend acetylene because it is the hottest gas.

Can you store the tanks in a relatively, temperature controlled area?  Acetylene should not freeze.

Rio Grande

Yet, many people use propane as their fuel for heating, cooking and refrigeration.  If you already have a propane setup for your home, you might have a professional run a line into your home for soldering.   Learn about your local laws, restrictions and guidelines for propane use before you decide on purchasing any gas.

Oxygen/Propane is the way to go if you need a clean gas for soldering.  The propane/0setup is used for soldering platinum and making lampworking because the gas burns cleanly.

Fireworks Torch uses only mapp gas and air.  No oxygen needed. It mixes the gas with the surrounding air.

Smith Little Torch with Disposable Tanks at Rio Grande. Ditto with going through the 0fast. **Each area has different rules and regulations regarding the disposal of disposable gas tanks.  Check your with local disposal company for further information. I called one of the manufacturers and they said there was no recycling program, at this time.

Welding tips mix oxygen and fuel, and then the mixed gas is pushed through the welding tip and is burned at the tip end.

Unfortunately, the best size and uniformity of welding and cutting tips to use can be a source of confusion for users.

Tip Design

Tip design is based on the flame characteristics of the fuel gas used, as well as the intended use of the cutting tip. Cutting tips come in one-piece and two-piece styles.

One-piece tips are used with acetylene and are made from copper alloy to withstand the heat of the cutting process (see Figure 2). The copper alloy is machined, drilled, and swaged over special wires to produce exact holes for preheats and cutting oxygen bores. Tolerances must be controlled carefully to produce stable cutting tips.

Figure 2

One-piece tips have (1) a cutting jet oxygen passage and (2) preheating flame passages.

Acetylene tips are manufactured with four or six preheat holes and are produced to allow light, medium, and heavy preheats for use with clean, dirty, or rusted plate. Rivet-washing tips use a low-velocity cutting oxygen stream to blow rivets through a plate without damaging it. Tips also are available for gouging out welds, cutting sheet metal, and other specialized uses.

One-piece tips have oxygen bores that come in two configurations: a straight bore using 40 to 60 PSI for hand cutting and a divergent bore that has a tapered or flared outlet hole for use in machine cutting. The divergent-bore tips use higher outlet pressures of 70 to 100 PSI and allow for a 2percent increase in cutting speed over straight-bore tips.

Figure 3

Two-piece tips consist of (1) an outer shell, (2) an inner member, (3) grooves for preheating flames, (4) extremities of grooves, and (5) a cutting oxygen passage.

Two-piece tips consist of an outer shell and a splined insert (see Figures and 4). The splined insert is used to eliminate the need to drill the numerous preheat holes required for the cooler- and slower-burning fuel gases. Different spline configurations allow different fuel gases to burn more efficiently.

Propylene and MAPP provide the most efficient preheats using fine, rectangular splines and a very slight recess of the insert into the front face of the shell to anchor the preheat flames. For natural gas, methane, and propane, V-splines make preheats more efficient. Small tips usually have small splines, and large tips use wide V-splines. These gases require a deeper recess between the insert and the shell to better anchor the preheat flames of these slower-burning gases.

Figure 4

Two-piece tips are used for alternative fuel gases such as natural gas, methane, propylene, MAPP, and propane. This figure shows a cutting torch starting a cut and in action.

Like in one-piece tips, the oxygen bores in two-piece tips can have a straight or divergent configuration, and specialty tips are available for washing and gouging.

Matching Tip to Process

Gas welding can be accomplished only with oxyacetylene or MAPP. These gases have a reaction that absorbs heat (endothermic). The other common fuel gases—methane, natural gas, propylene, and propane—have a reaction that releases heat (exothermic).

Therefore, acetylene and MAPP are endothermic and burn with the release of heat, a positive BTU factor, while the other fuel gases are exothermic and burn with the absorption of heat, a negative BTU factor. The result is that acetylene and MAPP deliver high heat output to the primary cone that is used to gas-weld.

Acetylene is the most efficient gas for gas welding. Methylacetylene-propadiene usually requires a tip that is one or two sizes larger to weld the same material thickness.

Acetylene is an explosive gas. For this gas to be stabilized in cylinders, the cylinders must have a porous mass packing material with small cellular spaces in which acetylene gas can collect. The porous mass is saturated with acetone, in which the gaseous acetylene dissolves. Maximum acetylene cylinder pressure is limited to 250 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG) at 70 degrees F.

Acetylene withdrawal pressure is 1PSIG. To minimize the withdrawal of acetone, acetylene should not be withdrawn at a rate of more than 1/the capacity of that cylinder per hour of intermittent use or 1/1for continuous use.

Brazing and soldering can be accomplished with welding tips that use any common fuel gas because they do not require the higher heat that fusion requires. Welding tips to be used with alternative fuels often require a recess at the tip outlet to prevent the flame from blowing off the tip end.

A heating tip is attached to a torch handle with mixers that mix the fuel and oxygen and supply it to the tip. One common mistake welders make when using heating tips is to starve the tip by not supplying it with enough fuel. Lack of fuel causes the flame to regress into the tip, resulting in backfires and flashbacks. Welders need to be aware of the fuel supply requirement for the heating tip they are using and maintain that supply of gas by manifolding cylinders together if necessary.

There is a limit to how much gas can be withdrawn from a single cylinder. Many welders try to run large heating tips off a single cylinder of acetylene. The maximum withdrawal rate for a large, 300-cubic-foot acetylene cylinder is only 30 cubic feet per hour. This is enough acetylene to run only a very small heating tip.

If a heating tip starts to backfire, the welder needs to shut the tip down and check the fuel gas supply. Continuing to work with a backfiring tip can be hazardous to the equipment and dangerous to personnel.

Check valves and flashback arrestors can help prevent reverse flow, backfires, and flashbacks. These devices are designed to enhance operating procedures and help protect personnel and equipment when dangerous conditions exist.

Welders must be sure to check the capacity of the check valves and flashback arrestors used to ensure they have the flow capacity needed. A check valve or flashback arrestor without sufficient flow capacity can restrict flow and create serious problems.

Of course, no device can replace safe operating practices and properly maintained equipment.

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I have gas flowing from my torch after shutting it off

Make sure that the tank is completely shut off.  When your gas is drained and the tank is off, the dials on the regulator should be at zero.  Do you see any activity in the  regulators after shutting down? If you open up the torch handle again, are you still hearing gas escaping? IF so, there may be a problem with the shut off portion of the tank or an issue with the regulator.  IF you hear gas in the lines after double checking all shutoffs and draining the torch, you must move the tank outdoors immediately.

Setting Your Torch

I know that setting a torch properly may be difficult with all the pressure requirements and tip sizes, thicknesses and different metals, but here is the standard method used in the American Aircraft Factories for oxy-acetylene welding of aluminum sheet.

Select torch tip size for the metal thickness you are working with.

You should now have a bushy yellow flame that emits NO sooty trails. Add oxygen with regulator screw until flame is balanced neutral, then add both gasses until your flame is loud, and neutral.

You now have the best wide-open flame setting for the tip you have chosen.

Print this Project

There are a bunch of DIY welder articles and how-tos out in the maker ether, ranging from the super-simple, dumb, and brutally effective (three car batteries, wired in series) to the high-tech and fancy (TIG machines from microwave bits, oxy-hydrogen torches from split water and plumbing supplies). With all of the information out there, it is safe to say that experienced makers will be expertly fusing metal even if an oddly specific, exceptionally brutal catastrophe were to strike the welding industry. If civilization and supply chains collapse the anti-zombie fences will still get built, and the Thunderdome will be sturdy and made from steel.

Even the finest DIY welder is useless without welding rod. I did a bunch of research, Google-ing and drilling down through increasingly sketchy forums, ranging from the mainstream DIY to the super-sketchy survivalist fringe. Tons of interesting information on every imaginable topic, but, as far as I can tell, it seems like no one has ever made their own welding rod and documented it online. A minor, but potentially crucial gap in the DIY world, solved here.

The rod is the electrode and filler, the paper/sodium-silicate wrapper spews out shielding gas upon combustion, and provides a path of plasma to guide the arc. The rod does not deposit a protective ceramic slag like modern welding rods, but, as Mr. Smith states in the patent, “I have found, also, that the coating of slag produced by the use of known covered electrodes is not essential to the production of eminently satisfactory work.” I tweaked the patent procedure a little to use commonly available materials, stuff one would reasonably find around the house.

Cut some paper a little shorter than your rod. It should be wide enough for eight to ten wraps around the steel.

Bake the rods. This drives out moisture, and also makes a carbonized shell that keeps the rods intact when stored. I let them cook at a low heat for about fifteen minutes. You want them to be totally dry and deliciously golden.

Fuel Efficient: 

This kit comes with a unique chamber of gas mixing that assures optimum gas mixing for better, clean and efficient burning flame. This is very energy saving so you need to spend less money for refilling the oxygen and acetylene tanks. This is so important to a professional to save extra costs.

Special Features: 

This awesome kit is very much suitable for your home of industry, such as Metal Art, Automotive Restoration, Fabricating, HVAC and much more. This cutting torch is capable for welding, soldering, brazing, cutting, leading and preheating of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. You also get inch straight and inch curved extension for better work ability.

Basically, we did not find any weak side for the cutting torch. The price is a little bit high, but as this is an awesome and professional cutting kit, so this is not a major issue.

Build Material: 

This cutting torch is made with high quality material. This kit is made of an alloy of high strength. It also has more durable material than other standard cutting torch on the market. Basically, the high grade material has made this torch eligible for longer lasting.

Gas Service: 

As like as the other cutting torch, this medium range torch also uses oxygen and acetylene for making flame. It uses G250-150-540 grade oxygen regulators and G250-15-5grade fuel gas regulator. The oxygen and acetylene are best for making cutting temperature flame. So, this kit provides you a high efficiency working flame.

This cutting torch has a compact size and a great shape for holding. So, you can find it very user friendly at work. The cutting torch has 0-3-10cutting tip for better experience and 0-UM-250 welding nozzle. The combine performance of this victor cutting is too good with the uncompromising value.

Weak Side: 

You know, this is not a heavy duty cutting torch. So, we can’t expect high quality work efficiency from this. The cutting range is up to 0.inch thickness of metal. This is not too perfect for professional, but as a mid range cutting torch, it’s enough.

Oxygen Regulator: 

Well, this cutting torch has an oxygen regulator. So, you can adjust the oxygen flow rate according to your need. This feature lets you reduce your cost. You also get the perfect flame for the perfect flow rate if you become an experienced professional.

Welding Tips: 

You know, a professional needs various flame in order to various thickness of the metal. So, this cutting torch offers you different welding tip so that you can pick the right tip that you need. It’s an amazing feature in a mid duty cutting torch.

Easy To Use: 

This new Oxy acetylene cutting torch is pretty easy to use. Yes, this torch offers you a very easy operation. So it’s very useful to a professional. Any person can use this easily. This is become familiar for its easy operation feature. This is suitable for both of your home and industries.

Gas Welding Cutting: 

This cutting torch use gas to make high temperature flame. Mainly it uses oxygen and acetylene as fuel. The fuel is so efficient to make highly effective flame for the work. It’s a mid range torch but can serve you better and you will find it very helpful.

How We Picked

You may surely ask us a question that why we picked these cutting torch when many others torches are available outside? Well, basically, we picked the top cutting torch according to build quality, service ability and period, service duty, user’s experiences, ratings, special and essential features and more. We selected these from many others products to give you an opportunity to find the suitable one.

HOW TO USE A PROPANE TORCH

Propane torches are used to merge copper joints in two components, a combination valve and nozzle assembly, and a replaceable metal tank of fuel. Screw the nozzle assembly to the threaded fitting at the base of the reservoir to set up the torch.

One of the safest ways to lighten the propane torch is by striking a matchstick and keeps it close to the nozzle while turning the valve in a spiral position. Ensure you open the valve gently till the flame is sufficient for the particular work area you intend using it. The gas pressure which is in charge of the flame from the propane torch might be out of control if you do not calmly open the valve.

Ensure the torch assembly is held in an upright way while in use to prevent the liquid content from moving into the valve as this might stop the flame from coming out. A propane torch can cause havoc if not properly used in the course of a project. One of the safest ways to apply a propane torch is by ensuring the joints that are meant to be sweated with the flame are not far from the combustible regions of the work area.

Problem

I have wanted a kitchen torch for years. After innumerable recommendations from pros and hobbyists alike, I put a hardware torch (Berzomatic) on my Christmas list. Surprise, I got one! A nice Berzomatic Propane (not MAPP!) with a brass nozzle.

The charcoal chimney

The Weber brand of chimney is my fave and it lasts longer than the cheaper models. But another feature of the chimney is that it is an excellent temperature controller for your cooking because it is a measuring cup! As you get experienced, you will learn just how high to fill the chimney in order to get your grill to the desired temp. A Weber chimney holds about five quarts, or about 80 briquets. For a Weber kettle, I put about half a chimney of unlit coals in the grill and put about half a chimney of fully lit coals on top to get to 225°F. To get to 325°F, 3/to a full chimney should do it. It all depends on the air temp, humidity, brand of charcoal, and other variables. You must do dry runs to calibrate your grill.

Use a chimney. Get repeatable heat every time and save your eyebrows.

Discard the dust

Empty the bottom of your grill. Ash is a great insulator and it reduces the amount of heat bouncing off the bottom of the cooker. On the other hand it reduces the amount of heat escaping through the bottom of the cooker. But too much ash can choke off oxygen, or be stirred up and coat your food with gray dust.

Supplies

1) Put the parafin in a disposable aluminum pan, place the pan over a low heat source and melt the wax completely.

3) Break open a cardboard box and lay it flat. Cover it with foil or parchment paper. Put the wax dipped starters on the foil and let them dry. Once the wax has had time to harden use a scrapper or spatula to break them free. Bag or box the cubes and store them in a cool area, away from direct sunlight or moisture.

To use the starters simply fill your chimney with charcoal place the starter on your grill grates and light one corner. Place the chimney over the lit starter and the coals will catch.

For long cooks

Part of the problem with charcoal is that it starts cold, heats up rapidly, hits a peak, and then slowly cools as the fuel is consumed.

But it is important to keep the temp of your grill or smoker constant. There are several clever solutions. The core concept of them all is that you put lit coals on top of unlit coals, or visa versa, or side by side, and the ignition of the new coals synchronizes with the death of old coals.

They work well with one noteworthy problem. Freshly lit coals put out a lot of smoke, and it is thick white smoke, not the thin blue smoke that makes the best flavor.

The Minion Method

The Minion Method came first. Named after Jim Minion, a caterer who invented the technique, you start by pouring a Weber chimney full of unlit coals (80 briquets) into the grill or smoker and bury about three chunks of wood in the pile. Then put 1/a Weber chimney (40 briquets) of hot coals on top of cold coals, and a lump of wood on top. The exact number of coals will vary depending on the brand you use, the smoker, and the weather. It is the standard technique now for the very popular Weber Smokey Mountain bullet smoker.

The fuse method

To light the fuse, known as the snake, C, or U method, you put the coals in a C or U shape, ignite one end, and walk away. It works remarkably well. Here is how it looks on a Weber Kettle or a bullet smoker.

Here is how it looks on a Backwoods Smoker, but it can be adapted to many others.

As you can see that I have divided the coal tray with two bricks. No special firebricks, just bricks. The coals are spread out around the U and there is wood scattered along the path. Hot coals lit in a chimney are poured in one end on top of a wood chunk and the door is closed.

Quick Info On Torch Lighters

Torch lighters are very hot, much hotter than bics. Their flame is much more intense, and the heat above is much hotter than a bic. Therefore, you must keep much more distance between your lighter and pipe than with a bic. It will vary according to lighter type, pipe thickness, and especially flame size; but my flame is maybe between 1/and 1/of an inch, and my lighter stays 1-inches away from the pipe; with me increasing distance the longer its lit. -Also, you do not heat the bowl with a torch lighter for long periods of time like you do a bic. Once it begins to smoke, quit using the lighter, and only reapply once the liquid quits moving when you twist the pipe. Also, be sure to twist pipe while lighting the whole time with a torch lighter, even if it is slowly. You cannot really get away with heating in one spot for a short period of time like you can with a bic.

Premelt: -Keeping your flame 1-inches below the bowl, roll flame in a circle around the perimeter of your product, so the outermost portion begins to liquify. Remember to continue moving the flame. -As it begins to liquify, begin twisting the pipe back and forth. You want to heat the edges of the product and then the glass adjacent to the edges to make it flow there. However, when reversing the direction of the twist, make sure to heat the inside/middle for a moment as well so that it will melt once the dope bordering it has melted. -Eventually you will have a puddle of liquid that is mobile-stop heating! COntinue to twist the pipe to spread the stuff around and wait for it to recrystalize (turn back into a liquid). You can speed this up by touching pipe with damp rag/paper towels/etc, but I like to let it cool by itself the first time. Wait for the pipe to cool down-its worth it. (this is assuming you are covering the mouthpiece and have the pipe angled like I mentioned in positioning) -Now you should have a thin puddle of clear crystals stuff. Once again, heat with flame around the perimeter (much bigger this time, but it will also melt faster now because its thinner). Once melted, it should soon begin to smoke. Cease lighting once it begins smoking a fair bit and continue to twist. -Because you have your finger over the mouthpiece and the pipe angled, the hot vapor will travel up the stem, and be trapped. Once vapor begins to emerge out of the carb hole, quickly take your finger off the stem and begin inhaling (do this quick because the stem is filled with vapor).

To Inhale

You do not need to actually suck most of the time. With the pipe angled, simply forming a seal on the mouthpiece is usually enough, and if you have to inhale, do not suck like smoking. Instead, inhale like you are breathing but VERY slowly/softly. It takes very little pressure and the bigger hit you get, the better IMO.

Torch Size

The torches covered in this article are not the small kitchen or pastry torches used for tasks such as caramelizing sugars, browning meringues and melting cheese. They simply do not put out enough heat to sear a typical sous vide dish in a reasonable amount of time. Even the most powerful of these reach temperatures of only 2,500°F.

Torch Taste

Recently, however, some tests run at UC Davis indicated that the primary cause of torch taste was the creation of new, unpleasant, chemical compounds on the food when the heat is too high. These results would indicate that controlling the temperature at which the sear is performed is the most important factor in reducing the presence of torch taste.

MAPP Gas

Historically MAPP was considered the best gas to use in a sous vide torch because it burned hotter and thus seared faster, than the other gases available. It was sold by DOW at a premium price because of this advantage. However, MAPP is no longer available and has been replaced by MAP-Pro which is actually just an enhanced version of propane.

Proper Sous Vide Torch Technique

The type of gas used is not nearly as important as the technique used to perform the sear. The most important thing is to be sure that the flame produced by the torch is a fully oxidizing flame. In this type of flame the gas is being completely combusted and can be identified by the dark blue, relatively short, flame that hisses and roars.

If the flame is large, with a yellow tip, it is referred to as a reducing flame. In this type of flame there are unburned hydrocarbons from the fuel that will end up in the food giving it an unpleasant flavor.

So for optimal searing results be sure to not have the torch pointed at the food until it has been lit and adjusted to achieve the short, hissing, blue flame. Then aim the torch at the food keeping it moving so that the food sears evenly but does not burn.

BernzOmatic TS4000 Trigger Start Torch

The TS4000 has an instant on/off trigger which increases fuel savings and convenience. This is a real improvement over those torches that you need to turn the gas on and then use some type of sparking device or match to ignite. You simply pull the trigger and you have flame; let go of the trigger and it is off. It also has a lock button which keeps the torch lit without needing to keep the trigger pressed. This is a really handy feature when it may take several minutes to sear a good size steak.

The TS4000 torch has an efficient swirl flame which provides high heat output and is pressure regulated to burn in all directions. The torch can use both Map-Pro and propane.

It has a stainless steel burn tube, a replaceable brass burn tip, and cast aluminum construction which provides added durability.

Iwatani Torch CB-TC-PRO

For completeness I have included a torch which uses butane gas. This torch operates a little bit differently than the BernzOmatic ones. To ignite this one you first need to turn on the gas using the grey knob at the back end of the device. You then pull the trigger to ignite the flame. When you release the trigger the flame continues to burn until you turn the gas off with the grey knob. Clearly this is not as convenient or safe as the instant on/off trigger on the BernzOmatics.

In addition to the gray knob which controls the amount of fuel being used by the torch there is also a gray ring that adjusts the amount of air being used for combustion. It can control the output from a very small and soft glow to a billowing flame. By adjusting the two knobs you can modify the shape and intensity of the flame.

The fuel comes in a cassette gas cylinder that looks similar to an aerosol can. The Iwatani unit attaches to the cylinder via a quarter-turn connector.

Searzall

The Searzall was developed by David Arnold at the Booker and Dax Lab and funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. The goal of the design was to improve the searing capability of the torch while at the same time eliminating some of the disadvantages such as torch taste.

Ceramic

Like glass, ceramic is easy to break. It holds heat better than glass but takes a long time to warm up. It can also be difficult to accurately judge the temperature of ceramic pieces which can lead to wasted product or inferior experiences.

Quartz nails are the performance standard. It is significantly more durable than glass or ceramic and almost impossible to overheat. The downside is that quartz doesn’t hold onto heat very long.  This can be an issue if you take long, drawn out hits or consume in an area exposed to the elements.

Wattage

The wattage the soldering iron contains is one of the biggest components of any butane soldering iron. Most butane soldering irons used for electronic repairs contain between 20 to 60 watts. It is very common for butane soldering irons to contain 50 watts, which offers more than ample wattage to solder items such as circuit boards or other small electrical projects.

The higher the wattage a soldering iron contains, the better off you will be and the more projects you can complete with a single soldering iron. The higher the wattage a butane soldering iron has to offer, means the soldering tip will be able to retain heat longer and will help heat up solder joints to allow a smooth, solid solder.

Temperature Control

Temperature control is really important when using a soldering iron since it can make and break completing a soldering project. The control must allow the iron to reach a hot enough temperature to do the job properly and then ensure that the it stays at that temperature for the duration of usage.

Size and Shape of Tips

The size and shape of the tips that you have supplied with a soldering iron can greatly affect the type of projects that you can complete. Usually kits will include a number of tips that allow you to solder or cut. The larger the tips the harder it will be to complete delicate jobs. However replacement tips can be bought to allow you to perform almost any job.

Searzall Torch Attachment

Attachments like the Searzall help the torch because it creates the perfect searing temperature for your meat. It does this by forcing the flame through two layers of high temperature resistant mesh wire, which creates an evenly spread flame. This creates a more even sear in your meat.

How Do They Compare

If you’re looking for a trigger start propane torch, check out the Bernzomatic TS8000, the Greenwood, the Worthington and the Mag-Torch. The BernzOmatic UL231uses a turn valve and is the only hand-held burner that is manual as opposed to auto-start.

The Looftlighter

The Looftlighter is a real boy toy. It is a hair drier flamethrower hybrid. Just make a pile of coals (try to count them first or use a giant coffee can to measure a fixed amount), place the tip of the Looftlighter against the coals, and within 20 seconds you’ll see sparks flying. Pull back a few inches, and in about a minute or two you have a ball of hot coals. Stir, and in about 1minutes you’re in biz. Looftlighter is an excellent way to start a chain of coals (there are occasions when you want to lay down a C-shaped chain of coals and light just one end).

The electric starter

This is an electric coil similar to the coils on a hotplate. Pour a pile of charcoal in your grill and jam the coil into it and plug it in. As the coals ignite, remove the coil, and mix the unlit and lit coals together with a fireplace shovel. Make sure you place the hot coil on something that is not flammable until it cools.  It’s an OK firestarter, and unlike the Looftlighter, you can walk away while it is doing its thing. But I have a few quibbles with it: You need access to an outlet, you don’t want to be using it in the rain, it ignites only the coals it is in contact with so you need to stir them around to get them all lit, and then you need to move them to where you want them. Chimneys are faster, get the coals hotter faster with less fuss, and you can dump them right where you want them. Also, you don’t have the convenient measuring tool that the chimney is.

Propane torch

Then there’s the real flame thrower. Connect it to a propane tank, hit the spark, and whoosh! Within a few minutes a whole bag of charcoal is glowing and that makes it popular on the competition circuit. And propane, unlike gasoline or lighter fluid, is flavorless and odorless when burnt.  It is also good for burning weeds from the cracks in your patio, and flushing enemy woodchucks. This is the kind of tool Karl Spackler would love. This model is the Red Dragon Torch.

Like glass, ceramic is easy to break. It holds heat better than glass but takes a long time to warm up. It can also be difficult to accurately judge the temperature of ceramic pieces which can lead to wasted product or inferior experiences.

Quartz

Quartz nails are the performance standard. It is significantly more durable than glass or ceramic and almost impossible to overheat. The downside is that quartz doesn’t hold onto heat very long.  This can be an issue if you take long, drawn out hits or consume in an area exposed to the elements.

ManMade Recommended

The Newport brand of dabbing torch comes in several different styles and carries a reasonable sticker price. Sizes range from 5.inches to inches, and there are multiple design and color choices. The smaller torches will work with smaller rigs and smaller nails, but anything larger calls for a bigger item. The Newport Butane Torch allows you to adjust and lock the flame, and its stable base prevents the torch from tipping over while standing. Only about ounce of fuel is required to fill this dabbing torch, and one fill should provide 30-40 minutes of solid burn time.

Yo Dabba Dabba! Vector Butane Torch

This burner, arguably the best torch for dabs on the market, comes in two sizes. The Nitro, a modest-size torch, measures inches by 2.inches by 7.2inches and fills with less than an ounce of butane. A full tank provides up to 90 minutes of solid burn time. The Minitro, on the other hand, measures 3.inches by 1.inches by 6.inches and carries up to 0.3ounces of butane. A full tank provides up to an hour of burn.

French for “under vacuum”

SousVide is a food-packaging technique whereby vacuum-packed food pouches are submerged within a bath of precise water temperature for a precise time. At the end of this time, results that are impossible to achieve through any other method become possible. Beautiful steaks, succulent vegetables, creamy starches are very possible & very easy with SousVide.

To Inhale

You do not need to actually suck most of the time. With the pipe angled, simply forming a seal on the mouthpiece is usually enough, and if you have to inhale, do not suck like smoking. Instead, inhale like you are breathing but VERY slowly/softly. It takes very little pressure and the bigger hit you get, the better IMO.

 

 

 

 

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You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the propane torch by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your propane torch wisely! Good luck!

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