I'm currently looking for a torch using these fuels (no acetylene).
BOC's model 'O' looks like it has the right pedigree, small and
handy for jewellery work, but they are v. expensive.
Has anyone further suggestions re a similar torch, or even
It was somewhere outside Barstow when Howard
With a domain name like that, I guess you're not interested in my
usual recommendation of a big Saffire torch. You can swap the mixers
on them, so you can run either propane or acetylene, without a big
Nice torches, certainly. I'm surprised they're not too big for
jewellery work - I use them for lead burning (welding to make roofing
A good place for buying oxy-fuel kit is eBay. Lots of stuff traded,
some new, so you afford to just pick the nicer condition stuff. O
torches though are a little rare and very sought after, so they're not
exactly cheap. OTOH, regulators, hose etc. are a bargain.
Couple of other points I'd suggest are:
- Get propane hose, not acetylene. LPG puts holes in acetylene hose.
- Get a propane regulator. I know you can run a small torch on an
acetylene regulator, and you get gauges too, but I don't trust those
diaphrams on LPG.
- Get an "economiser". This is a torch hanging hook with a built in
gas-shut-off valve and a pilot light. Well worth it for the
convenience, if not the gas savings.
These self generating oxy/hydrogen units were designed for jewellery work
I've used one of the small models for precision brazing and found it very
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