New member here but long time lurker.
A few years ago I picked up an ET Hydrogen torch (L45) from Rio and have had so many issues with it. I got it mostly for the safety aspect as my studio is in my home and we have kids, pets, etc. However the booster tank gets stuck and my partner has to use tools to get the sucker off, and recently the little tips catch fire, then a loud popping sound happens (I’m just calling it an explosion but not really). Torch gets turned off and smoke is billowing from the tip for a few minutes.
The thing is awesome, when it works. I don’t cast but will use it to melt small ingots to be rolled out just fine. All of my work is smaller gold and silver pieces.
Should I ditch this torch, and maybe get an Orca? Again, my house is rented, I’m not looking to move into a studio space outside the home anytime soon as the kid is with my fulltime due to covid and I’d really not like to have larger tanks in the house. I feel ok with the smaller propane tanks and atmospheric air.