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Mini torches


#1

Hi, just wondering if you might have some suggestions as to what are
the hottest micro-torches. Like the extremely portable ones that can
refilled with Xitar butane etc. This would basically be used as a
flame gun, so I’m pretty much also trying to get as long of a flame
as I possible can. Cost is not a problem.


#2

Inquiring minds need to know. why do you need as “long a flame as
possible”… you might share your application as that would help one
know what you are trying to accomplish. Normally, one thinks of a
flame in terms of how hot, how much oxygen, what fuel and how you get
oxygen to it and such. You can get a REALLY long flame with just
fuel and no oxygen. not sure what you would do with it. Having said
that. Butane isn’t going to give you much of a flame in any of the
commercial applications I’ve seen. Basically Butane is a lighter
fuel and you only see it in small hand torches. It is hot. but never
big or long. If you want a big flame you could go with a fuel/air mix
type torch like the Presto-lite or Smith Silversmith. I use a Smith
when I need a lot of heat on a big piece or a big flame. You can get
a hot flame using fuel and oxygen like the mini-torches you
mentioned. but you are not going to get a “long” flame unless you
kill the oxygen. and I can’t imagine what you would do with that. I
use a Meco Midget with propane and oxygen most of the time with
Paige tips. You can get a lot of hot going with the rosebud tips. I
use those for casting ingots for the rolling mill. and use smaller
tips for fusing and soldering.

What are you trying to doe You can get a big flame going with one of
those bottled propane plumbers torches. Generally speaking, micro
torches are not going to give you a “big” or “long” flame. You get a
smaller and hot flame for more precise applications.


#3

Lenk 500 LPT
Lenk 500 LPT
Lenk 500 LPT

So nice I said it thrice!!!

I’ve used all of the available butane torches and hated them all but
this one. I stumbled on it when on a weekend I ran out of acytlene,
and had to wait until Monday for a delivery. I went to Sears to see
if they had a butane torch (was in a small town at the time). They
had two. The little brother of this one and this Lenk 500 LPT. I had
to finish a piece of filigree jewelry by that evening. I bought it
out of sheer desperation.

It is the godzilla of hand held (looks similar to other butane
torches jewelry supply places sell) but it is bright yellow. The
flame is at least twice the size of other butane torches, but can be
dialed down. To get the type of flame you want, you turn the black
ring thingy (good jewelry technical term) around the silver colored
nozzle. The size by turning up or down the amount of butane you work
with. That done on the back button.

It has melted small amounts of mixed metals for me, and done
delicate filigree work with ease. I’m in no way connected with the
company, in fact they wouldn’t know who the hell I am. As to cost, it
is cheaper than some, but runs from $45 to $80 depending on where you
get it. The only thing I don’t like about the new ones they sell
today, is turning it on, but before you let go of the button for
ignition, you have to slide a safety button over to keep the flame
going without holding the button on. I have the old one that you just
click the button and away you go. Google the torch by name and you
will find it at different places. It is also good for the flame
patina work.

Aggie the owner of many torches of a variety of gases, sizes, and
purposes. Now if I could just find where I left my purpose!


#4

I have one of the new ones. hated the safety so I simply took my
drill and with the safety in the open position drilled a hole in the
side of fee safetyand the base, inserted a piece of wire same size
as the hole and it holds it open all the time. no more safety to
deal with.