My first torch was the regular little propane plumbers torch you can
get at any hardware store and is the least expensive.
http://www.bernzomatic.com See UL2317 and JTH7.
JTH7 works very well for getting large areas up to temp quickly
without overheating and can solder reasonably with fair control Then
I got one of these I find it temperamental when soldering in any
position where the heat can rise back into the air inlet, but I use
this one more often than any other, though I consider it the most
limited of the torches I have. It is easy to handle and light
weight. Do be aware that, it has 2 points to turn off, the bottle and
the tip. This would be my number one choice, followed closely by the
one below as a first torch.
Depending on environmental factors, dogs, cats, kids, small
apartment, or limited space period, you may wish to consider one of
the little handheld refillable devices that light when you press the
button and go off when you let go of it, it is also propane,
refillable and a little on the more expensive side to operate.
I plan on getting one of these, I can travel with it and get fuel
anywhere and the hotels shouldn't mind or show owners.
The sets with the greatest versatility and if I could only have one
set up, it would be Oxygen/Acetylene, but it is also the most
expensive of what I use to get setup, I have
not this exact one mind you, but it is similar and shows a complete
setup. With the rosebud tip it will melt metal faster than anything
I own. Lastly the one I like most due to versatility and fine point
of heat is, http://www.littletorch.com/. There are other makers of
small torches like this, and I think they are pretty much the same.
Putting a 'Y' off the gauges allows both torches to be set onto the
same bottle and regulator sets.
These are what I have, and what I use for silver. The gold users can
speak for themselves, if you use platinum forget Oxy/Acety, it is not