Cleaning Bernzomatic tip

I have one of those little things that go on the end of a propane canister. It is forever acting up. Is there some secret to cleaning down deep in there? Soak in acetone? I blew it out with the air nozzle, and it's better, but still an uneven flame pattern, and it is catching fire back at the holes where the air goes in to mix, which is often exciting.
Steve
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Use a tiny wire, from a stranded wire, to clean out the nozzle. maybe adrop of solder or some flux has gotten into the nozzle insert.
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On 2/16/2012 7:13 PM, Steve B wrote:

Could you be any more vague? Little things?????
If it's a torch, sometimes you can take out the orifice and turn it around. Let the propane blow it out. Don't forget to blow out the pipe without the orifice first. If you go sticking a wire in there, you're just as likely to create more problems than you solve.
that go on the end of a propane canister.

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Steve B wrote:

O/A torch tip cleaners would probably work.
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On 2/17/2012 8:15 AM, Pete C. wrote:

What do you think the orifice size is in a "little thing that goes on the end of a propane canister"?
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A lot of torches do not have a "plain" orifice. Some have a filter - you cannot see through or poke those clear.
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snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

It depends on which torch, there have been a lot of Bernz-o-Matic models over the years. If it has a filter it's a good candidate for a pressure flush with some good carb cleaner and then an air nozzle drying. If that doesn't work, order a replacement part for a few $ if they are still available or just buy a new torch for $20.
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wrote:

I did the latter. Around $20 got me a new torch, which was clogged after about 5 minutes of use, and would not light at all. I returned it to the store, got a replacement, and that one worked well for about one minute, now it has a flame about the same size as a Bic lighter. That one will soon be returned to the store, but for a refund this time.
I should note that I used the tank included in the kit, and put the head on the tank, right out of the box, without any chance of dirt getting in.
Seems these new torches are really made lousy, or else the propane tanks are getting debris when they are filled.
When I get my refund, I'm gonna see if I can buy orfices for my old torches which lasted years before they clogged. Why spend $20 for a new torch which lasts 5 minutes, and is noticably built of much cheaper materials, when I can (hopefully) get a replacement orfice for a couple bucks (just a guess on the orfice price, since I'm not sure where to buy them yet).
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On Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:14:16 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@myplace.com wrote:
: >> A lot of torches do not have a "plain" orifice. Some have a filter - >

there have been a lot of Bernz-o-Matic models >over the years. If it has a filter it's a good candidate for a pressure >flush with some good carb cle aner and then an air nozzle drying. If that >doesn't work, order a replacem ent part for a few $ if they are still >available or just buy a new torch f or $20. I did the latter. Around $20 got me a new torch, which was clogged after about 5 minutes of use, and would not light at all. I returned it to the store, got a replacement, and that one worked well for about one minute , now it has a flame about the same size as a Bic lighter. That one will so on be returned to the store, but for a refund this time. I should note that I used the tank included in the kit, and put the head on the tank, right o ut of the box, without any chance of dirt getting in. Seems these new torch es are really made lousy, or else the propane tanks are getting debris when they are filled. When I get my refund, I'm gonna see if I can buy orfices for my old torches which lasted years before they clogged. Why spend $20 fo r a new torch which lasts 5 minutes, and is noticably built of much cheaper materials, when I can (hopefully) get a replacement orfice for a couple bu cks (just a guess on the orfice price, since I'm not sure where to buy them yet).
Did you try calling Bernzomatic to see if they could help you?
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Get a Victor 315 and your problems will be over.
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