I’m chiming in on the question side with you
I also do fusing with a blazer style butane, and sealing close
proximity 20ga rings is great for my reflexes. Other times, I can’t
get a seam to seal because it’s just not cranking out enough before
the heat sinks into bigger pieces. But since I can do a lot with the
butane, I’m a bit stuck justifying the jump between that little guy
and a “real” $450+ setup right now.
Online reviews of Bernzomatic and similar Propane torches were not
reassuring (lack of control, no replacement parts), so I ruled 99%
of them out. The only promising one I’ve found which doesn’t require
a full regulator setup and Oxy tank (much of that $450 cost) is the
EZ Torch from Otto Frei:
They include 3 tip sizes, it’s on a hose and looks like my small
hands will manage it much more easily than what I’ve got now–all a
step up. They also sell replacement parts for just about everything,
which I actually find reassuring as to me it implies the tool is
designed to be maintained over time rather than chucked like a $10
Anyone have experience with it? I know it’s nowhere near the league
of the Swiss, Smith Mini, or Meco Midget, but if it’s a step in the
right direction… And at least the propane tank would still be a
keeper when I upgraded later.
Other bridging torch suggestions?