The thought of a live flame in my hobby room still scares
me. I'm sure it would be wise to take lessons and practice
with a torch in a class room environment before I bring one in
You are correct about taking a class. Even one workshop or
community college class will be well worth the time and cost.
Some things aren’t that easy to learn from a book (like soldering
techniques) and, like golf, you can avoid bad habits. The
learning curve is usually much faster too.
But most important, if you can’t take a class be sure the dealer
who sells you a torch gives you hands on instuction on the
torch you purchase!! They can be dangerous if not handled
correctly. The instructions that come from some jewelry
wholesalers is not adequate. Make sure you fully understand
how the torch works and how to test for leaks. I had a student
who almost burned down her garage because the torch that came
from the wholesaler was defective and she didn’t know how to
foresee the problem. This was a lesson for me as well as for her.
I now spend between 5-10% of my class time teaching safety
precautions about torches, fumes, dust, etc.
Don’t want to scare you completely. Defective torches are
pretty rare, in fact I’ve not heard of another incident like
this, but forewarned is forearmed. And be sure you get the
correct type fire extinguisher, not one of the little jobbies
Bacliff, Texas Gulf Coast USA where my daffodils are already dead and
the sticky heat is baaaack (Yuk)