Comments made on our Facebook page:
Judi Stefek: Bondurant I have heard of these before too. However I
have never used one.
Jo Haemer: Wait a minute. Is that the Water torch that was invented
decades ago? It was supposed to be safe until one blew up in my
face. They forgot to put in a back flash valve.
Jeri Simpson: I’m right there with you Lee Anne, I have one that
hasn’t been used in 10 or 15 years since my husband (who knew how to
use it) passed away. I’d love to use it again since in recent moves
my regulator was stolen & I haven’t replaced it yet. But frankly I’m
afraid to try to set it up if I’m not positive what I’m doing or if
it even still works! .
James Binnion: To get the volume of gas they are showing in those
pictures of torches will require a very large power supply to split
that amount of water to get the needed for that size flame. This
will not be cheap. Also I am not sure how you can adjust the ratio
of O2 to H2 without having to either pressurize the gas to store it
or vent the gas that is not being used by the torch neither of which
is in line with their safety claims. But till I can see one first
hand it is hard to know how well it will work. They certainly have
an impressive amount of partners and government funding.
Jennifer Gow: The website is singularly uninformative. So called
"water torches" that burn oxygen and hydrogen produced through the
electrolysis of water have been around for some time. The only clue
I have about the distinctive features of this one is that it
separates the oxygen and hydrogen and allows flame adjustment from
reducing to neutral. I have looked into getting a water torch in the
past because in Australia the only way I can obtain compressed
oxygen is by renting a cylinder from one of the industrial gas
companies that are all in on the same racket at around $200 a year
not including gas. I use this with propane because at least with
propane I can buy and refill my own cylinders or use a swap and go
system. If I wished to use acetylene as well I would be up for $400
a year cylinder rental.
The problem with the water torches I investigated at over $2000 for
the cheapest I am still marginally better off succumbing to the
extortion of the industrial gas companies.
The other attraction of a water torch to me is that I can avoid
using fossil fuels because my studio is solar powered by the 2.5 Kw
system on our roof so my jewellery should get another modest
Lee Anne Messerschmidt: I have an Aqua Torch…actually 2 not sure
what to do with it or if it works… The Manuf. has no instructions
or manual… so I just have the torches with a lot of ??? If anyone
can help me with infor it would be greatly appreciated…PM is always
Jo Agopovich: I recall using a water torch years ago.
Joao von Horn: This technology is already old. we also call it brown