Uniweld was the manufacturer of the first Oxy/Acetylene torch I
owned and I still have it 40 years later. I would suggest you try
to get a Mecco Midget or Smith Little Torch when you can as the
Uniweld is a little big for day to day use but it is a good torch
for larger work.
So it’s a work horse and obviously not a bad one. Yes, the torch is
a little large and unwieldy but it fits comfortably enough in my hand
that I don’t feel it’s too big for small work. Thing is, it’s on
permanent loan from my cousin who owns an A/C company and I just
can’t beat free. I’d love to get a Mecco Midget or Little Torch
but at this time, cost is the factor for me. Perhaps in the future,
when I sell some more things.
Reverse flow check valves are not flashback arrestors and should
not be used as such. Check valves are designed for other purposes
that you are highly unlikely to require in a jewelry studio. There
are check valves in flashback arrestors but they are only a part of
the protection and will not stop a flashback!
Hmmm, then what is a flashback arrestor and do I really need one?
Learn how to use it and get comfortable with it. There is no
reason to be scared just become knowledgeable on the appropriate
safety measures and practices. Try a local junior that has a basic
welding program and either enroll or ask the instructor for a few
basic lessons as a private student.
I guess that’s all I really can do. Play with it awhile. I’m going
to be melting some scrap metals to see how much heat is needed. Test
annealing with different metals to find the right oxy/gas mix and
even play with some Argentium to see how to fuse it. Practice,
Practice, Practice is the only way I got good at making loops,
chainmaille and other things I do so I suppose I’ll need to do the
same with this new toy.
Thanks James. I’m already beginning to feel a little braver. Wish I
could afford to go back to the Art School but it’s out of my budget
for now. It is what it so. So I’ll just dive in an practice some