Hi all, I know the whole question about which torch to use is highly
subjective and depends as much on personal preference as anything
else, so I won’t ask anyone to comment on the relative merits of
Hoke vs. Midget, et al. Besides, you already have.
I’ve been using a plumber’s torch with either MAPP or propane (I’m a
lowly hobbyist) for some time now with decent results. Well, I’m
getting tired of the thing and feel like buying a proper torch now.
I’ve been reading the comments about the various options out there,
but what I haven’t seen mentioned is the Prest-O-Light acetylene /
My question is: if I’m not planning on working with platinum is
there really any advantage for me to use Oxy/fuel as opposed to
straight acetylene? I work mostly with silver, sometimes gold. I’ve
used the Prest-O-Light torch many years ago and it seemed pretty
good aside from the soot when you spark it up. It’s also quite a bit
cheaper than any setup using oxygen.
Many thanks for the list! I read it every morning before setting out
to work on computer systems. One of these days I may stay home and
see if I can make a go of jewellery. In the meantime the fantasy
keeps me sane.