Hi. I’m having problems with my soldering rig and am probably going
to exchange it…it is acetylene/atmospheric air. I have another
question out on Orchid regarding these problems, but my question here
is: which is the safest fuel/rig to use? I live on the second and
third floors of a two family home and my studio is on the third floor.
I want to work primarily in high-karat gold jewelry but will be doing
some silver jewelry and small copper objects as well. I won’t be
doing casting, but I would like to melt down gold scraps on a
I went with acet/air because that is what I used in school. I
briefly considered propane, but someone once told me that propane is
the most dangerous fuel because it never dissipates … that it is
heavier than air and if there is a leak, it will drift to the lowest
point in the room and lurk there forever, like some gaseous bogeyman,
waiting to blow you and all your loved ones to kingdom-come.
Doing research on Orchid, I see a lot of people using propane,
which, it seems, must be used with bottled oxygen, about which I also
Any input will be gratefully appreciated.