Not in the least. Everyone knows what is meant, so what difference does it
I saw a blow torch at an auction and was going to buy just to see what it
did, but somebody thought it was a collectible. Oh well.
No, there is a huge difference. The old blow torch is nothing at all like
the propane torches. Have you ever used a blow torch? Different fuel,
different configuration, fillable versus throw away tanks, different flame
Apples and oranges are both fruit, therefore there isn't much difference,
George, you surprise me. Given your usual exactedness I figured it would
bug you as much as me. I realize we cannot change the world's use of
language, but I just can't lump together anything that has a flame with blow
torches. Picky, I am.
Of course key to this discussion and which no one has really addressed,
is what exactly is the correct definition of blow torch? I always
thought it referred to the antique devices that used gasoline in a like
a quart size container attaced to an upper part that was the torch.
In movies or the media, it's common to see that term used to refer to
an acetylene cutting torch, but I wouldn't call it that.
A quick websearch found this from Wikipedia:
A blowtorch has several meanings, which deal with tools that consume
fuel. It may mean a:-
Cutting torch, a handheld torch used for cutting metal.
Blowlamp, a torch using propane or butane; its predecessors used
gasoline or kerosene for fuel.
One of the G.I.Joe toys is named Blowtorch: he is usually shown with a
Also, look at these, which are current ads for propane torches which
are called blow torches, but many look remarkably similar to a
Bernzomatic and use the same fuel:
So, what are others opinions of the correct definition of blow torch?
On 20 Mar 2006 03:40:29 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That is oxy-fuel cutting torch to be correct. Acetylene is just one
of the potential fuels that can be used with that torch. Others
include natural gas, propane, MAP, and possibly others. Different
The antique you showed is a blow torch. More
modern ones are a bit different. An acetylene
torch is just that, a propane torch is just that,
and a flame thrower is just that. However that
doesn't keep people from making up names or using
slang or the terms incorrectly. The blow refers
to requiring a pump to build pressure and blow the
flammable material out. Modern gas torches don't
have pumps, so they just spew. Should we call
them spew torches? A flame thrower could be a
blow something, it isn't a torch. Nothing that
shoots burning material 10's of feet can possibly
be called a torch unless one also thinks a bulb
type baster is also a medicine dropper.
I surprise myself sometimes. just too tolerant. I
can't stand to read or hear a person say "affect"
when they mean effect." But I have learned to
put up with "bullet" for "cartridge." But I see
little difference in function between the two
pieces of equipment, but I don't really believe
anyone uses a real blow torch. I don't think I
understood your last sentence, since both have
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A blowtorch has several meanings, which deal with tools that consume fuel.
It may mean a:-
a.. Cutting torch, a handheld torch used for cutting metal.
b.. Blowlamp, a torch using propane or butane; its predecessors used
gasoline or kerosene for fuel.
c.. One of the G.I.Joe toys is named Blowtorch: he is usually shown with a
d.. See blowpipe.
If you rely on Wikipedia you are severely limited
as there has been considerable criticism of this
"resource." Blowlamp, for example, is rather
uncommon in the USA (I have never heard it). I
doubt many people know what a "blowpipe" is, and
the item so called in geology, chemistry, and
mineral studies is nothing like a gasoline blowtorch.
No, why should it. It is almost always totally clear what they are
talking about. From a legalistic view, consider that it is usage that
determines what a word means not the dictionary. The dictionary only
reflects usage. So based on that, blow torch now includes propane torches.
I hope blowtorches are collectible! I will sell mine on e bay! I only
kinda used it once with my mom when I was a little kid helping strip
lead base paint from a porch:(
I am 49 safety was different back then!
E bay here I come...............
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