I just got my first oxy/acetylene torch system. AmeriFlame made by
UniWeld (?), whoever they are. but beggars can’t be choosers. My
cousin, who owns an A/C company, purchased a whole kit for me from
his supply house and it’s on permanent loan. The kit came with full
tanks, a carry case, regulators, hoses, sparker and safety goggles.
I had to buy a square wrench and did purchase reverse flow check
valves aka flashback arrestors. But the whole thing still scares the
beejeezus out of me. I’ve only ever used a Butane torch at home and
at school, learned on an air/acetylene torch. The teacher did give
me a rather quick lesson on using an oxy/acetylene torch with the
Smith Little Torch system but this one is bigger and a little more
Oh how I wish my teacher could come here and show me. (Hi Don!) It’s
a lot more heat and the versatility is startling. It’s different than
the Little Torch, a larger flame, and I’m not sure quite how to work
the thing without burning the house down. Before I use it there are a
few more things I need to buy such as a rotating annealing pan. It
makes things so much easier when you can turn the whole pan instead
of have to manipulate the piece itself.
Anyway, I can use any and all advice that I can get. I did purchase
the Complete Metalsmith, Student Edition by Timothy McCreight. Now
wondering if I should have bought the Pro book.