Electric soldering devices only go up to around 650 degrees. Not
enough heat for high temperature soldering.
What is your husband afraid of? Perhaps we can help demystify his
If you go with statistics rather than fear of the unknown, the
numbers of houses that have burned down from a jewelers gas tank
would be so low that walking across the street would have higher
House fires are caused by, in order for the year 2007 in the state
of Massachusetts weRe:
15% Undetermined (I asked the state fire marshal, no reports of
fires of structures with bottled fuel inside the home, with the
exception of BBQ’s on porches). This undetermined also covered,
lightning, oily rags in a basement, exposed solvents and flammable
material near a flame source such as a hot water heater.
All states and all cities have different fire code requirements. You
may not be granted access to storing bottle fuel in your home, but
you might. I have a studio now in my house. I have a permit from the
Waltham fire department, as I was able to show the following.
- working smoke detectors
- a fire extinguisher of which I have knowledge in operating
- a B size acetylene tank which is secured
- a black splash and area of asbestos free transite to solder
- safe storage in a metal cabinet of flammable solvents
- knowledge of safety precautions
From there I contacted my insurance companies. I have two, because I
live in a duplex. I needed written permission from my neighbor, and
the insurance companies just wanted a permit from the fire
department. They added $45 a year rider on my policy.
The fire department wants to help you. Insurance companies, and
again, their requirements will vary, just want to know you are being
I don’t know all the answers, and when I post, it is because I have
checked on certain facts. If your area does not allow for bottled
fuel, but you have natural gas, then a G-TEC Gas Booster is the way
to go, or equally good is a water torch from Spirer Flame. They read
this forum. They email me when my facts conflict and they are here to
answer your questions so you can get out there and make your jewelry.
My point is, irrational fear should NEVER impede your desire to do
anything. Get the facts first. Then make a decision on how to
Good luck and safe soldering!