I am a beginner. I have taken a few lessons, but am learning by
Question is on torch tips. I have been practicing on small jewelry
pieces to hone my soldering skills. I got my skills up to a point
where I thought I could do larger pieces, a two inch diameter copper
pipe that is approximately 10 inches long (for a kaleidoscope).
I use an air/acetylene torch. The tip I have been using is size 00.
Needless to say, I couldn’t get the solder to melt on the copper
pipe. I did some research and got info from the Smith torch people
and decided I needed a larger tip. I bought a size 4…really
Now the questions: I am a little nervous using the larger tip,
probably from lack of experience. How long is the flame supposed to
be? Not the cone of the flame, the entire flame. I hope I don’t
have to move my workbench away from the wall to accommodate the
I have lighted the torch, and I did not have the regulator valve at
full open. Besides my first auditory observation that the space
shuttle was taking off, I noticed that I could see flames where the
air holes are at. I don’t think this is correct, and if anyone could
give me guidance I would appreciate it.
The torch I bought was a kit from Smith called the Silver Smith
Colorful thoughts: Carol