Was: “Don’t want to light myself on fire”
I have resisted comment until now…
When it comes to the merits of torches I will leave that to others
more skilled than I in the use of the various small torches out
However, While the title was somewhat tongue in cheek (I think), one
subject that needs to be mentioned IMO to the complete new person in
any trade using open flame or very hot metal and that is proper
While heavy denim or heavy cotton clothing or other flame resistant
clothing that a welder would use is a bit heavy for bench work, on
the other end of the spectrum is some synthetics used in shirts and
pants that are literally flame bombs when touched to a open flame
(Rayon comes to mind).
A rule of thumb is that natural fabrics tend to not be has flammable
as synthetic. There are some exceptions and there have been reports
of even cotton being turned into a very flammable material by the
excessive use of finishing / anti-static agents.
If in doubt cut a small strip off the piece of clothing from an
inside seam and expose it to flame and see how it reacts…
I have seen (and in a former carrier as a paramedic) treated people
whose shirts have caught fire and it’s not pretty.
There is no need to fear fire, but one must respect it at all times,
or one day you will be taught a lesson that will stay with you for
the rest of your life.
Just my 2 cents worth