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Disposable propane casting torch?


#1

Hi all,

I am a jewelry student who is setting up a small home studio. I
attended a workshop awhile back from Harold O’Conner and he was using
a casting torch that ran off of a disposable propane tank, that he
had gotten from Frei & Borel. They have discontinued that torch, and I
was wondering if any of the orchid readers would have any thoughts
were I might get something similar. The only things I have found
that will cast using propane seem to use the big tanks and oxygen. I
would like to stay with disposable tanks if posable. I have a small
space. I wouldn’t mind having to use oxygen if just propane isn’t
available.

Thanks in advance,
Becky O’Bannon


#2

I use a MAPP gas torch that you can get at most any hardware. You
use the MAPP bottle(the yellow one), not the propane . I have used it
on up to 7ozt pours of silver with good success.

Don


#3

Becky!

You can buy Torches at any Wal-Mart, Hardware ,or Auto parts Stores.
once you buy a bottle with torch head on it then all you have to buy
when it runs out is just buy a new bottle and screw the torch head on
new bottle. And yes it will melt Silver or Gold as I have melted
several pounds of each way back when.

Bill D.


#4

Hi Becky,

I got a torch from Kent’s tools in Tucson (kentstools.com) that
resembled Harold O’Connor’s in all ways. One of them was called a
Shark torch and the other a Whale - I don’t remember which was which.
He doesn’t have a complete online catalog, so you’ll need to call and
talk to them or get a catalog.

This was about a year ago and if Kent’s used the same supplier as
Frei and Borel, the torches might not be available to him either.
Kent’s is a close-out kind of place, however, so he might still have
the last ones.

Linda


#5

I don’t know if this helps Becky but when I converted to propane and
oxygen a few years ago I decided on a small refillable propane tank, I
think they are 4lbs. The plus for me was I didn’t have to throw away
the tank when empty, just fill it up again ,but you don’t have the
40lbs plus of propane from a larger tank in your studio. The tank
seems to last for a long time and I cast using it. The small tank has
the same size valve as the bigger tanks , I purchased a standard
propane regulator and run my Hoke torch off of it.

Hope this helps

Doug Frey
www.dfrey.com


#6

Becky. Just for your Mountain Gems has both the Shark &
and Whale torches in stock. You can call us to get some info.
1-888-593-1888.

Jan MacLellan
Mountain Gems Ltd.
4611 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC Canada V5C 2K6
604-298-5883, 888-593-1888


#7

Home depot and Sears are two stores that sell disposable propane
tanks and you can buy a kit that comes with the torch & regulator
these are used for Plumbing and VVinyl tiles. The whole kit should
cost you around 10 to 12 dollars. If you are looking for a better
torch with a regulator different torch tips I would recommend the
WHALE torch. This can fit your standard Barbecue tank you will save
money on the long run. These torches are available from Arjan
Enterprises, Inc 1-800-221-4812

best of luck

Ashraf Ali


#8

Is safe to have these types of torches in a small home studio that is
in actuality a former bedroom within the house? I am just starting
out and do not have a separate place to do my work.
Gwyn


#9

Becky. Use the Propane (WHALE) torch

Disposable propane torches are available in all Hardware & Lumber
Stores. They are bulky as you have to hold the cylinder and the
regulator is not easy to use.

If you will be using the propane torch regularly then it will be
cheaper to use the common BARBECUE tank. The tank itseld is available
in Costco Price Club and Home Depot. There are fill stations
everywhere including rural & suburbs areas.

The torch set comes complete with an easy to hold Handle with a
regulator with two interchangable tips and a hose with an adapter to
fit the propane (barbecue) tank.

The torch is designed to take the atmospheric air and it generates
more heat than a normal disposable propane cylinder set up.

Call 800-221-4812 and ask for porpane torchkit. best of luck


#10

I have just ordered one of these “Shark Torches” and have been using
a smaller propane base torch for 3 years, Insurance has no problem
with them, the small disposable tanks, larger refillable are much
more problematic. 14 to 16 ounces of propane shouldn’t make a closet
"explosive", while a 20 to 30 pound tank can leak enough to blow a
house up. My #1 suggestion and what I did, I bought a propane torch
and Class 1 fire extinguisher together, I’ve never used the
extinguisher, but love having it on the wall by the light switch at
the door, get out then put out! There’s a smoke detector just outside
the room, I’ve yet to trip it (though frying bacon in the kitchen
does!). Is it ‘safe’, not completely, but all activities and
non-activities have some element of danger, just prepare and proceed.

Enjoy creativity, Ed


#11

One word of caution about fire extinguishers; have them serviced
every year or so. Depending on the type the dry products will settle
and compact rendering your extinguisher useless that one time you
really, really need it.

Since we were talking about safety here, Norman


#12

One word of caution about fire extinguishers; have them serviced
every year or so. Depending on the type the dry products will settle
and compact rendering your extinguisher useless that one time you
really, really need it.

Since we were talking about safety here, Norman


#13

Jan,

Just out of curiosity, what is the difference between Shark and Whale
torches?

Thanks

Linda


#14
    I attended a workshop awhile back from Harold O'Conner and he
was using a casting torch that ran off of a disposable propane tank,
that he had gotten from Frei & Borel. They have discontinued that
torch, and I was wondering if any of the orchid readers would have
any thoughts were I might get something similar. 

Harold O’Connor still sells these torches himself. Contact him at:

Box 416
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-7519