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Which torch do you recommend for a DIYer?

The TS3500 Multi-Use Torch is a versatile torch well suited to a variety of tasks, including light soldering, lighting grills, loosening rusted bolts and softening putty or paint. It features an automatic ignition that instantly ignites the flame without the hassle of a spark lighter.

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Which torch do you recommend for a professional contractor?

The TS8000 Max Heat Torch works well for many heavy duty tasks. Its ultra swirl flame provides maximum heat for large-diameter soldering or brazing. Its durable cast aluminum body is built to last.

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Which fuel should I use for my project?

  • Butane: Butane torches are well suited for soldering electronic circuits, heat shrinking and jewelry design and repair.
  • Propane: Propane torches are ideal for small soldering jobs, softening putty or paint and loosening rusted bolts.
  • MAP-Pro™: MAP-Pro torches are designed for larger, hotter jobs such as soldering large diameter copper pipe, brazing or heat-treating.
  • Oxy / MAP-Pro: Oxy / MAP-Pro torches are hot enough to weld and cut thin metal.

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Why is my torch so hard to light?

Most torches light better when the valve is just cracked open and there is light gas flow.

Why does my torch go out when tipped upside down?

When a torch without a pressure regulator is tipped upside down, the liquid propane in the torch works its way through the torch and extinguishes the flame. We recommend a pressure-regulated torch, such as the TS3500 Multi-Use Torch, for tasks that require the temporary inversion of a torch.

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Torch Safety

Read and follow important safety warnings included with Bernzomatic fuel cylinders and hand torches.

Safety Tips

CylinderSafe is a resource for anyone looking for information on how to properly use, transport, store or dispose of non-refillable cylinders.

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Cylinder Disposal

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Not sure how to properly dispose of your empty non-refillable cylinders? Procedures for disposing of these empty non-refillable cylinders vary by location. Enter your ZIP code for contact information for your local solid waste authority.

 
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Capillary Action

The wicking action of solder or a brazing rod when it touches a heated metal. The alloy melts and is drawn into the joint through surface adhesion.

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