Re David Huffman’s query about where to find the bellows torch
discussed on this thread.
I found mine in Mexico a few years ago, so I imagine they are still
available there. Frei and Borel also has them, but they would be
considerably more expensive from that source since they are imported
Perhaps Alberto in Mexico can help you acquire one. His email is
I first used this type of torch while living in Spain where they are
still in use. The advantages of this torch are the control and
flexibility in manipulating the amount of air going to and coming out
of the torch tip. You have a direct physical connection with the air
supply because you are controlling it by how you pump up the bellows
with your foot. When you want a lot of heat you pump up the air a
lot. When the piece is up to temperature, you allow the bellows to
deflate, and when you are doing fine work, you pump just a little bit.
I am a great fan of old fashioned methods, believing that we have lost
some ground in certain ways by our reliance on newer technology. If
you get the chance to try this torch, I am sure you will see the
By the way, you don’t need to operate the torch with gasoline or
other dangerous fuels. Use propane and a regulator or city gas at 3
to 5 lbs of pressure. The bellows replaces the oxygen side.