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Question about Soldering Torches


#1

Hi it’s Syd again I have started looking into soldering torches but
have been nervous because I live in a clapboard house… i.e. highly
flammable! Recently I was shown a tiny hand-held torch that uses
butane with an auto-shut-off trigger Does any one know anything about
these… do they work? Is there a different result from using butane
from the other tank versions? Any and all suggestions would be welcome

Thanks for your help,
Syd


#2

Hi Syd,

  I was shown a tiny hand-held torch that uses butane with an
auto-shut-off trigger Does any one know anything about these... do
they work? 

I’ve been using one of these for over 10 yrs. Most of the time I use
this torch (a Blazer) it’s with paste solder to solder links in
chains.

These torches work well as long as the item being soldered is not
too large. With the relatively small flame they produce, they don’t
provide a large enough amount of heat (BTU’s/min.) for large pieces.

Dave


#3

Hi Syd! You sound just like me last year when I was setting up my
studio on the third floor (converted attic room - all wood) of our
(wooden) house. I was so worried and scared about having a tank of
anything in the house … worried it would explode, leak, basically

  • worried about setting my house on fire. All my Orchid questions
    were about “safest fuel to use”.

Well, I got a lot of great advice about which kind of fuel to use
and I went with what I had been taught on at school: acetylene and
atmospheric air, and it has worked, as usual just fine for me.

I just want to reassure you that it is completely normal to worry
when you are setting up in your home. Pick the fuel/rig that works
best for your work, and then just use it with your full attention
and with common sense. I never think about/worry about the
I-work-with-fire-in-a-room-made-of-wood anymore and my posts to
Orchid fairly trembled with anxiety!

I’m fine, you will be too! Have fun!
Susan