I have been following this whole “Outside Soldering Station” thread with interest. I have done an addition to the house so I can have a dedicated shop space and not have to share the sounds and smells of jewelry making with my never complaining wife. Also having a more than a 5’ x 7’ space was enticement enough to build. I have to agree with Andy Cooperman.
I am currently in the process of changing over from acetylene to propane/oxygen for my shop production needs. Brother Rob has that set up down pretty well and I expect I’ll follow his lead on it. No one I know is as thorough at researching a problem as is my brother. Like a lot of the crafters I know most of us continue to work with the gear on which we were trained even when a better tool comes along.
Such is the power of tradition.
As I investigated this project I came up with as many questions as to why I would change to propane a I did reasons why I shouldn’t.
Convenience is the big one for me. Just run out of gas Saturday night before a show and you are usually stuck until Monday. You can get propane at Lowe’s at 9:45 PM and be back at work by 11:00.
Propane and oxygen will do the job as acetylene at a reasonable cost. It takes up a little less space maybe to store. And the propane tanks don’t have to be exchanged, you can own your own. Oxygen tanks can be exchanged or you can get a generator.