I am after some advice on my LPG torch related to various problems
I’ve had with it in recent times.
When I first got my torch I set it up under my house which is a very
dusty environment. I kept finding that if I forgot to cover the
torch tip after use the tip would very quickly become clogged and
require replacement. I also found that partially blocked tips could
still be used even though they didn’t give a very good flame.
Then, at the end of last year I moved all of my equipment to a new
(clean) location. As my budget was once again very tight I
persevered with my old partially blocked tips. Then, a couple of
weeks ago when I was soldering my torch cut out. I relit it and it
cut out again. This continued until I gave up. I picked up my gass
bottle and shook it - it seemed like I had about a quarter of a tank
left. I took my bottle with the torch still attached to my father
to have a look at. When he lit the torch there was no problem - in
fact, he got a better, finer flame than I had ever had on my torch.
He decided that the shaking the bottle had recieved in transit
probably mixed elements in the LPG that had separated into different
When I got the torch back to my studio the flame was bad again and
the cutting out continuous. Finally I decided I would just go get
the bottle filled to see if that solved the problem. When I
unscrewed the torch from the tank something liquidous came squirting
out of the tank - there was probably about a metric cup of liquid on
the floor before it subsided. I don’t know what the substance was
but I had to mop it up - it certainly wasn’t anything that was
behaving like gas. Then my father took the bottle and drained it -
he told me no more of the substance came out.
So, assuming my problems must have been stemming from this
contaminant in the bottle, which was now gone, I went and got the
bottle refilled. However, when I got it back to my studio and
reattached it to the torch I found that the old problems hadn’t gone
away. The flame was still poor and though less frequent, it was
still cutting out. Also, I had a new problem - the torch was really
hard to light.
So, I went and bought a new tip - only to find that it has a poor
flame too. Like I said earlier in this post - I had assumed that the
poor flame meant a blocked tip. As my tip was behaving like the old
tips it set me wondering - maybe the tips were getting blocked from
the inside - from a contaminant in the gas. Or, maybe there is a
blockage in the hose or handpiece that is stopping enough gas from
getting through to the tip in the first place.
Up until yesterday I just kept persevering because I can’t afford to
replace the torch and I can’t think of anything I can do about it.
However, yesterday I went through a whole box of matches whilst
trying to light a new tip on the torch… this was after I’d had no
luck with the gas gun.
I am really hoping someone here might be able to identify my
problem. Also, perhaps, there might be a way to clean the hose and
handpiece? Should I ditch the gas bottle all together and get a new
one? Or, is it too late and time to save up and buy everything