was Foxtail Vs Snake chain?
...the little butane torches have a small flame...
You know, that sounds right, but...
I've been experimenting with a butane torch, because so many
students use them. I just went to Home Depot and bought what they
had, a $25 Bernzomatic, not the Blazer which is recommended, but
costs twice as much.
At first, I couldn't get myself to try it-- after all, I have a Meco
Midget. Eventually, however, I started using it to set fire to my
alcohol flux (easy, because it is self-lighting), then finally tried
making some pieces with it. Yesterday, I made a silver band ring
with a gold tube setting, just with the butane. I even soldered a
22k bezel to a 14k backing.
The flame is actually much larger (which is not to say hotter) and
more forceful than my Meco. On the other hand, it uses air, not oxy,
so it heats more gently, over a larger area. This worked out
extremely well for the gold!
To my astonishment, I find myself liking this torch, though the
lighting procedure is awkward-- pull down a slippery little button,
press the fairly-stiff trigger, then slide the locking mechanism
sideways. Definitely a two-handed operation! But it is light,
maneuverable, and remarkably effective.
Your mileage may vary.