I’m involved teaching bench skills in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. There are problems with the propane gas set-up. The tips are getting very gunked up and after a short while ( 2-3 weeks ) no gas comes through at all. We clean the torch tips but the gunk is deep inside and unremovable ( no alcohol in SA ) …and we have to keep purchasing new ones.
We managed to visit a kind local Artisan. We saw he doesn’t use a regulator and says no-one else does either. The gas goes direct from tank to torch. After 17 years of being in the business he says all the other jewellers do the same and there have been NO problems.
From a UK point of view this is a Health and Safety ISSUE! and we are reluctant to try this unless we trust that it is safe.
As you can imagine it’s driving us crazy…I’m wondering whether the propane is under a different pressure in the tank than the UK ones?. There is no information written on the tank but it would explain why no regulators are required.
Anyone have thoughts on this?.
Thanks so much