I've got one of the torch heads, a simple one with just a valve. It hasn't
been working right for a while, but I just use it to start the fireplace.
The flame coming out is yellow. This evening, the fire got back and ignited
gas coming out of the holes in the side that I would assume are for air
intake, meaning that it is clogged, and pushing the gas out the back. How
does one clean the torch head? Screw off the sleeve, but what do I use to
clean out the passages? Long piece of thin wire? Torch tip cleaner? Pipe
cleaners? Soak in solvent?
Depends on what is restricting the airflow. I have one that has a
star-shaped insert thingy down the burner. If it comes loose, it changes
the flow and monkies with the flame (I tamp it back down with a dowel).
Sometimes a spider makes a web in those heads and plugs them up, so try
cleaning out the head with a chopstick and using a copper wire to probe the
The one I have has an orifice just under
the flame head. To clean it the
instructions (it's probably 45 year old)
were to remove the head with
a wrench. Remove the orifice which will
either be in the head or in the
end of the pipe coming from the valve.
Turn it around 180 degrees and
put the head back on. Then, turn on the
gas, but don't ignite it. The
gas pressure will push out any solids.
Then reassemble the correct way.
It's always worked for me.
Buy a new one. It could be clogged or the filter regulator could be
missing. If you unscrew the head from the pipe there is a little
filter/regulator inset into the pipe. Nobody sells them any more. Of
course with 40/11 different kinds yours may be different.
Those ss pieces are short, but I do have some. Also have a tip cleaner from
a OA rig. Have dediced to do the following in about two weeks when I'm
finished with Christmas lights:
blow out with 90 psi nozzle
put long piece fine copper wire though orfices
put tip cleaner wires through there
soak in acetone
if that fails, I'll bite the bullet, and buy another, or just go to the pawn
shop or yard sale.
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