Karalee, Wow, this is a tough question! It has been discussed many
times on Orchid and you might find some good info in the archives.
On the other hand, a few words might help.
Much depends on what you can afford and what you plan to produce.
The mony aspect will run from a $10 plummer’s propane torch to a $400
or more double tank, fully regulated system.
Many people will say, for the starter, the Smith Little Torch is
sufficient but that is also close to $400 if you get the propane/ox
set up with regulators and tanks. The Little Torch will solder just
about anything the starter jeweler has to do…even larger
bezel/backplate combos if you use the multi-oriface tips, which can
also be used for casting by the way.
If that is pricy, consider a Smith single gas (acetylene - propane
just doesn’t do the job) torch with multple tips. This is excellent
for bezels, casting and larger items. The smaller tips are kind of
whoosie though and are difficult to use at first. Such a torch can
be had for around $200 with tank.
There are many many others out there and you will probably get as
many opinions but it still boils down to these two for the person
Hope that helps some. Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in
SOFL where simple elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut2