In case you can’t tell from my other posts/questions I am a newbie
(beginner) who is really starting to enjoy goldsmithing as a hobby.
It’s time I get a better torch set up as my abilities are starting
to get better than my current setup will allow.
I want to ask your opinions on what kind of tanks/torch setup you
recommend for a beginner who likes to hand cast (delft clay) 2 oz and
less gold/silver/bronze. I currently cast and solder using a smith
Little Torch but on a disposable Mapp and Oxy tank set up. (the
really small tanks you get at hardware store).
I seem to like this as I am getting enough heat to cast silver and
gold very easily. I have some small bronze grain on the way to try
and see if I can get that hot enough. It might be a stretch but I
could try a burno 2 piece refracting crucible for more efficiency.
My question is, I don’t want to just keep buying the small tanks,
but I don’t know the real difference in gas choices…
If I get an Acetylene and oxygen tank set up, will that be too hot
to solder with?
If I get the other gas set ups, will they be too cold to melt small
amounts of bronze grain in open crucibles?
I like making things the old school way so I will never be getting
induction ovens items like that.
When I buy my house later this year I plan on building some
refractory forges to try my hand at Mokume Gane so I will be getting
the large, industrial acetylene and oxygen torch/tanks then.
But as for my small casting and basic soldering/fusing requirements,
which torch and which tank set up do you recommend?
Sorry for the long writing but I thought I should explain what I do
and plan on doing.
I wish I could find a mentor here in Cocoa Beach but I can’t find