Safety and precaution is the mother of a ceramic store -)
I’m sure you’re going to read a lot about this subject. Fact is, get
your hands on it and don’t be affraid. Be sure that you’re working
with safe tools pointing to leaks, valves and equipment. Work in a
well ventilated environment. Make sure that nothing is sitting
around you waiting for that little spark to egnite. If you smoke,
well stop smoking when you’re working with gas. No ashtray, no
burning sigarettes, no flamable liquids ! Respect the gas and oxygen,
keep it that way and you learn how gentle they can help you. Do not
attempting to solder something real quick or perform little melding
TAKE ALWAYS TIME IF YOU’RE DEALING WITH FIRE. ALWAYS HAVE WATER OR AN
EXTINGUISHER WITHIN REACH. IN ALL CASES… STAY CALM !!!
The flashback arrestors is a must to work sure and safe if you’re
new in this thread. I still use them and they’re good to have.
Learn how to deal with oxygen and gas. You need more gas then
oxygen, so work this way. Turn your oxygen on just a bit and then
your gas. Make sure you that you have more gas but do not turn it
open to far. This will give you a big noisy scaring flame. The noisy
"bang" is created due to the critical condition between the gas and
the oxygen and scares the devil out of you. Cut back on oxygen to
Use the right tip for the right job. Fine work needs a fine tip.
Melding jobs needs a powerfull flame asking for a big torchtip. Try
to get familiar with the fine tuning of the valves. This is an
immediate action. You’re flame responds instantly to your action on
the valves. You will notice that a gas/oxygen combination serves you
with a very calm and peacefull flame. However, keep in mind that
you’re still dealing with fire in a controlled situation !!!
If you respect the rules and learn yourself not to work in an
stressed situation, then you will do just fine. Do not make the
mistake thinking that you’re always safe. Routine is a very dangerous
matter being the spark to get into trouble. However, do not be
affraid of using gas, oxygen and your torch. If you learn how to run,
you could run into a car accident. Is that a reason not to learn it ?
The tools are not dangerous, it’s te person behind it who can make it
Enjoy what you’re doing.