I want to buy my first torch for metalsmithing and haven’t much
money. I’d like advise on what kind of economical torch set-up I can
buy and which fuel source to go for.
I have searched the archives and have only found the article on temp
capacities of each gas.
I plan to try filigree, bezel-setting of cabochons, and general
experimenting with various types of alternative metals such as
copper and brass, thus annealing is a must. Most of my work will be
small, although I might like to try a bracelet.
I’ve been thinking that I would do propane-air, because I’m afraid
that I will forget to turn off the valves in the proper order and the
acetylene-oxygen will explode. I know there are regulators to
prevent flash-back, but I can’t seem to find the forum discussion I
remember seeing on that, and also don’t know whether I can afford
torch, regulators, two tanks, etc. I read Ganoksin daily and would be
most grateful for some clear advice. Or if you can provide the link
to a former forum discussion on this, that’s fine, too.
Thank you very much for your input.