Because we also are beginning to expand our work, we use The Little
Torch by Smith (I believe…my husband has the better memory here.)
I’ve used a small butane torch for fine silver (it doesn’t get hot
enough to work well with sterling silver, but it’s nice and light
for doing work with chains we’re making, etc.), and even a bulky
Fleet Farm torch on both silver and sterling silver. We don’t work in
gold at this point with only a few exceptions.
It’s all in what you want to do, and whether you feel you ‘need’ the
versatility that a torch system offers. We like the Little Torch.