Hello, I am a beginner with access to a science lab. Am a bit
queasy about working with compressed gases; but have access to
house gas (methane) in the lab. Has anyone used this? Is it hot
enough? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, is the water
torch adequate or not, for small scale work mainly in silver?
It depends on what you're going to do. I made my first complex gold
chain, doing all the soldering with a bunsen burner and a blowpipe.
I wrapped a very thin piece of tubing around the base of the burner
and aimed the end across the top, then put a piece of surgical tubing
on the other end of it, and the flame was plenty hot enough to not
only solder, but melt the occasional piece when I got carried away.
You need good lungs.