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Best Torches For Lampworking Glass Blowing

The first question every aspiring glass blower asks is, “What torch should I get?” This isn’t an easy question to answer, because the answer is yes to all of them! The real question is “What is the best torch for you and what do you want to make?”

Here’s a list of some of the best torches used by glass artists around the world. Each torch manufacturer brings something different to the table with their unique designs. These torches are used for a number of applications that require certain specifications. Please note: this list was created in no special order (alphabetically).



Bethlehem Burners are constructed entirely of stainless steel, keeping the burner body cool. The torches are equipped with modular valves with precision needles making fuel adjustment smooth and precise. With the low-pressure design and precision front face, the artist will experience a flame that combusts at the face of their art work, wrapping their glass in a penetrating heat at a far better fuel ratio than ever experienced before. Superior design, durability, and complete combustion make Bethlehem Burners one of the highest quality torch manufacturers on the market today.


Alpha

Overview:

The Alpha Glass Bead Burner is an excellent starter burner for the glass artist working in the medium to small range. The Alpha delivers more flow at a low gas pressure producing the ideal glass working flame. Affordable and convenient, the Alpha is the only torch on the market today designed with your needs in mind. Do you work at home with low-pressure household natural gas? If so, the Alpha would be a dream-come true! The Alpha will melt both soft and borosilicate glass with ease. The torch can also be used at the traditional flame settings of 5 psi gas and 20 psi oxygen. It works equally well with propane, natural gas and other fuels.

Features:

  • • All stainless steel construction that stays cool while the flame is super hot.
  • • Allows for a higher volume of fuel at a lower inlet pressure-7 cu. ft./hr. at only 2 psi.
  • • Ideal to operate on household gas (1/4 psi) and oxygen concentrator (7 psi).

Specifications:

  • • Burner configuration: Center Fire – 6 jets, Pentagon shape face, Diameter 5/8″.
  • • Suggested glass size: up to a 5/8″ / 16mm rod and up to a 19mm Tube.
  • • Dimensions: 5″ long with a 6″ base
  • • Net Weight: 2.5 lbs

Bravo

Overview:

The low-pressure, stainless steel Bravo Bench Burner was designed specifically with the needs of the artistic flameworker in mind. A dual-purpose torch, it will work easily with both soft and borosilicate glass. Made with the precision and quality of all Bethlehem burners, the Bravo’s output is surface-mixed and whisper-soft. By varying the atmosphere of your flame, you can use your torch like a fiery paintbrush for shading and highlights. The razor-sharp center is excellent for creating small details. For marbles, sculpting, and vessels, this sleek torch is both cost-effective and fuel-efficient.

Features:

  • • All stainless steel construction that stays cool while the flame is super hot.
  • • Allows for a higher volume of fuel at a lower inlet pressure- 15 cu. ft./hr. at only 2 psi.
  • • Can also operate on household gas (1/4 psi) and oxygen concentrators (7 psi). Includes B size fittings for both Oxy and Fuel connections. Purchase a 4 Inlet to 2 Inlet Adapter (Part #’s EQ101) if you are not going to use a foot pedal.

Specifications:

  • • Burner configuration: Center fire – 6 jets, Outer fire – 12 jets, Face dia. – 1″ (25.4 mm)
  • • Full flame consumption: Gas: 2 psi; 15 cu. ft./hr. (425 l/hr.); Oxygen: 8 psi; 66 cu. ft./hr. (1867 l/hr.)
  • • Works: Rod – 1″ (26 mm) Tube – 38 mm
  • • Dimensions: 6” long with a 6” base
  • • Net Weight: 3 1/2 lbs.

Champion

Overview:

The Champion Bench Burner is a two stage, stainless steel, surface mix flame working torch with separately controlled outer and inner flames. Each stage is controlled by one gas and one oxygen valve, and the torch comes standard with a four port manifold.

The low-velocity flames of the Champion torch allow flame workers to produce a wide range of fuel mixtures while keeping the flames workable and gentle to the glass. These flames bathe the glass in even heat and gently heat the glass from all sides, much like working glass in a furnace. This type of flame is excellent for every style of flame working, including large hollow work, solid milli work, color-mixing and fine detail work with difficult colors. The large diameter, low-velocity flames produced by the outer fire of the Champion, make evenly heating large amounts of glass with no cold spots a breeze! Even highly oxidizing flames are soft and even.

The Champion was engineered for low-pressure, high heat performance and is one of the most efficient large torches on the market today.

Features:

  • • Comes standard with a four stud manifold.
  • • New ball-bearing scroll provides smooth adjustments and automatically locks the torch at the desired angle.
  • • Reconfigured gas and O2 ports for most efficient fuel combustion.
  • • Stainless steel construction keeps the torch cool to the touch, even at hottest flame.

Specifications:

  • • Burner configuration: Center fire – 6 jets, Outer fire – 30 jets, Face diameter -1 1/8″ (28.575 mm)
  • • Full flame consumption Gas: 5 psi; 24.96 cu. ft./h (706.8 l/hr. Oxygen: 20 psi; 88.13 cu. ft./hr. (2496 l/hr.)
  • • Works: Rod – 44 mm tube – 80 mm +
  • • Dimensions: 6 7/8″ long with a 8″ base
  • • Net Weight: 8 3/4 lbs.

Beth Burners

Bravo Sharp Flame – Bethlehem Burners

The STACKS – Bethlehem Burners

Pipe Maker’s Glass Blowing Starter Kit – Bobcat Torch

Pipe Maker’s Glass Blowing Starter Kit – Alpha Torch

Grand Sharp Flame – Bethlehem Burners

Champion Sharp Flame – Bethlehem Burners

The Sharp Flame Hand Torch: 7″ Neck – Bethlehem Burners

The Sharp Flame Hand Torch: 4″ Neck – Bethlehem Burners

Bethlehem STACKS Bottom Mount Torch – Starter Kit #406

Bethlehem STACKS Top Mount Torch – Starter Kit #405

Bethlehem STACKS Torch – Starter Kit #404

The STACKS Base – Bethlehem Burners

The STACKS 2 – Bethlehem Burners

The STACKS 1 – Bethlehem Burners

Revere Professional Kit – Bethlehem Champion

Bethlehem Grand Torch – Starter Kit #403

The Grand – Bethlehem Burners

Bethlehem Champion Torch – Starter Kit #402

Bethlehem Alpha Torch – Starter Kit #400

Champion – Bethlehem Burners

GLASS TORCH TECHNOLOGIES (GTT)

GTT Bobcat

The Bobcat is newly redesigned for more versatile flame characteristics. The Bobcat is a standard surface mix torch with 7 jets. The Bobcat is capable of flame sizes from a 2″ long pinpoint flame for detail work and finite heating to a 9/16″ diameter, 13″ long flame for 1.5″ solid borosilicate glass work. The Bobcat can work up to 2″ borosilicate pendant. It is great for making beads, marbles and sculptures in soft or hard glass.

The flame characteristics of the Bobcat make it a very efficient, clean burning torch that makes the most difficult colors and effects easy to work and control. The penetrating heat of the flame make borosilicate beads and pendants easy without any change to the torch setup.

The Bobcat runs very well on 5 LPM 5 PSI concentrators with optimal performance on a 10 LPM concentrator. Fuel pressures can be run as low as 1/4 PSI on Natural gas or Propane. The Bobcat makes the most heat out of the available fuel and oxygen for an extremely clean flame with no carbon on the torch when run properly. The Bobcat is not limited to small concentrator use, it does extremely well on 10 LPM concentrators as well as using tanked oxygen. This means that it maximizes the output of smaller oxygen concentrators and is very efficient on tanked oxygen too!

The Bobcat comes standard with B fittings. The stainless steel base has 4 holes for securing the torch to the work table, and can be used as a forming and shaping tool for hot glass pieces. Also included are complete instructions and cleaning wires.

GTT Lynx Torch

GTT Scorpion 4-Stud Torch

Once again rising above the ordinary, GTT has created the next generation of the standard torch, but there is nothing standard about it. The Scorpion uses the mighty Bobcat as the center fire and is equipped with B Fittings. The Bobcat is well known for its efficiency on a 5 LPM concentrator and the great ability to work both soft glass and borosilicate glass with ease.

The Scorpion has an 8 jet outer fire using our new patent pending 100% surface mix design that optimizes 10 LPM or two 5 LPM concentrators with optimal results. The Scorpion makes the flame size of larger torches with fewer jets, owing the phenomenal performance to the newest GTT innovations in jet design.

The Scorpion was designed with concentrators, low pressure and low consumption in mind. The Scorpion runs great on one 10 LPM concentrator, two 5 LPM concentrators or tanked oxygen. Oxygen consumption is 11 LPM (22 CFH) at the maximum flame size. It requires as low as ¼ psi to 5 psi of natural gas or propane with a low consumption rate of 1.5 LPM (3 CFH) at the maximum flame size. The Scorpion is the master at using low pressures for optimal results for soft or hard glass.

GTT Mirage Torch

The Mirage torch is a 2 stage torch that uses the powerful Lynx 7 Jet for the center fire and 2 rings of jets with a total of 33 jets for the outer fire. This completely surface mix torch uses the patented Triple Mix technology and 40 total jets to provide unparalleled power for all types of glass.

The Mirage is the one of the most popular of the 2 stage Triple Mix torches in the lineup. It is great for soft or hard glass with the ability to produce many flame types from a soft bushy flame to a hard driving flame. The flame chemistry that is achieved with the Triple Mix technology has a wide range including a fuel rich reduction flame, a neutral flame, an oxygen rich oxidizing flame, and an over-oxidizing flame. These flame types make any type, color or effect of glass easy to work and manipulate.

The Mirage comes standard with a 4 stud manifold that allows for the most flexibility for any setup to be run. The primary use is for a foot pedal to be used to turn the outer fire on and off with the outer fire valves preset to the desired setting. Also the 4 stud can make use of different oxygen sources such as a concentrator on the center fire and tanked oxygen on the outer fire. In this situation the fuel will “Y” together at the torch for simplicity. A foot pedal is NOT required for a 4 stud torch, the hoses can “Y” back together to use a single fuel source and a single oxygen source with the option to use a foot pedal in the future.

The Mirage comes with 1′ of 3/16″ hose and adaptors with filter screens to adapt to standard 1/4″ ID grade “T” hose on each stud. The adaptors have a barb that the 1/4″ ID grade “T” hose slides over and is clamped securely. The Mirage comes standard with a purple manifold, red, blue and green valve caps and rack and pinion adjustment. It is mounted on a powder coated base that has holes for securing the base to the work table. Also included are complete instructions , a cleaning kit , and an instructional DVD.

GTT Kobuki Torch – Starter Kit #513

Revere Professional Kit – GTT Mirage Torch

Revere Beginner Kit – GTT Phantom

Revere Beginner Kit – GTT Lynx Torch

Revere Maestro Kit – GTT Delta Mag Torch

GTT Snub Nose Phantom Torch – Starter Kit #512

GTT Snub Nose Mirage Torch – Starter Kit #511

GTT Sidewinder 4-Stud Torch w/ Lynx Center Fire – Starter Kit #510

GTT Sidewinder 4-Stud Torch w/ Bobcat Center Fire – Starter Kit #509

GTT Scorpion 4-Stud Torch w/ Lynx Center Fire – Starter Kit #508

GTT Scorpion 4-Stud Torch w/ Bobcat Center Fire – Starter Kit #507

GTT Phantom 4 Port Torch – Starter Kit #506

GTT Delta Elite Torch – Starter Kit #505

GTT Mirage Torch – Starter Kit #504

GTT Lynx Torch – Starter Kit #503

GTT Cricket Torch – Starter Kit #502

Carlisle Bench Burners

In 1918, Carlisle was primarily manufacturing gas burner equipment. By 1939, the need for a larger bench mounted burner for scientific glassworking gave birth to the CC burner. This burner was developed by Carlisle in conjunction with Corning Inc. Over the next few decades, more and more glassworking burner equipment was brought on to their extensive line of products.

Today, Carlisle is still a family owned and operated manufacturing company. Their 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Millville, NJ, employs a staff of 24 people. Carlisle continues to be an enthusiastic partner to the glassworking community. By supporting the various glassworking societies through donations and involvement, they look to help the art of glassworking thrive in its renaissance.

Carlisle Mini CC Torch – High Oxygen Model

Overview

When Carlisle first set out to create the Mini CC, their goals were simple. Create a burner that is suitable for producing soft glass beads and smaller borosilicate work that featured the durability that Carlisle is well known for.

Using a very different flame pattern from many of the other torches in its class, the Mini CC presents an extremely hot flame, that is also very bushy. This bushy flame creates a soft working environment that also provides superior radiant heat, giving the ability to work with larger soft glass pieces with a much reduced chance of thermal shock.

Features

  • • Durable design with brass housing
  • • Stainless steel tube matrix of 7 fuel gas ports
  • • Stainless steel base with bench-mounting holes
  • • Ball joint attachement between the torch head and the base, allowing for 15 degrees of adjustment in any direction.

Specifications

  • • Fuel consumption 1.5 LPM (Liters Per Minute) of propane and
    7 LPM of oxygen (based on standard usage)
  • • The recommended operating pressures are 2 PSI (Pounds per
    Square Inch) for fuel gas and 5 PSI for oxygen.

Carlisle HellCat Torch

The Carlisle Hellcat is a totally surface mixed 4 inlet burner that offers a high level of versatility in the flame. This wide range of flame capabilities makes the Hellcat the perfect bench burner for beginners and experts alike.

The Hellcat bench Burner is suited for use with both hard and soft glass. It has been designed for increased productivity, attainable through higher flame temperatures and increased flow capabilities of gases. The center fire of the Hellcat is exactly the same as the Mini CC, seven tubes. Then using the outer two adjusting knobs you enable 14 more tubes to give you a much broader range of heat to work with.

Features

  • • Durable brass body
  • • Stainless steel nose cone to help the torch run cooler and prevent heat build-up
  • • Stainless steel tube matrix with seven tubes in the center and 14 tubes on the outer fire
  • • Ball joint stand connection, allowing for an increased or decreased tilt of 15° and articulation. This allows the burner to have excellent positioning capabilities.
  • • The base also has four rubber feet to reduce the likelihood of the unit from sliding during use and features two mounting holes for permanent installations.
  • • This burner may be used with oxygen and either natural gas, propane, or even hydrogen.

Specifications

  • Consumption based on standard usage is approximately 1.5 LPM of propane and 7 LPM of oxygen on the center fire only. With both inner and out fires, 4.5 LPM of propane and 21 LPM of oxygen.
  • The recommended operating pressures are 2-3 PSI or fuel gas and 5 PSI for oxygen.

Carlisle CC – Ball & Post Mount – 4 Inlet – #5 Centerfire

Overview

The Carlisle CC Burner is known as a cannon style burner. Its large outer case and tremendous flame output resembles the profile of a “cannon”. This burner may be used with a mixture of oxygen and either natural gas or propane.

This burner produces two distinctive flames, the centerfire (pre-mixed) and the outer fire (surface mixed). The centerfire, which has characteristics of a single ported tip, produces a flame similar to what may be achieved with a Carlisle hand torch.

Features

  • Two options for the centerfire tip.
    • • The #5 tip has the largest orifice of the piloted centerfire tips, this produces more BTU’s than the smaller #3 tip.
    • • The #3 centerfire tip produces a smaller, more defined flame
  • Two styles of bases
    • • Ball and Post mount. The Ball and Post base utilizes a crescent shaped solid steel base with a ball and socket connection. This style offers a selective articulation. In order to adjust the angle of the head, the user releases a thumb screw at the base of the post. When re-tightened, this provides positive burner positioning.
    • • The Rack and Pinion style mount utilizes a pinion gear to pivot the burner in an arc, offering greater range of positioning than the Ball and Post mount. The user can adjust a knob on the side of the mounting device for quick, accurate positioning.
  • • Outer brass shell and machined brass body
  • • Four color coded metering valves
  • • Standard “B size” hose connections
  • • Heat Exchanger is standard with any CC burner. Manufactured from aluminum, the Heat Exchanger dissipates heat from the burner body. The Heat Exchanger has cooling fins providing increased surface area for the transfer of heat.
  • • The 4 Inlet Version will require the purchase of part # EQ101 if you are not using a foot pedal. Please call if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.

Specifications:

  • • The CC burner will produce 95,000 Btu’s @ 5 psi natural gas.
  • • Maximum cubic foot per hour: Gas 90 and oxygen 180
  • • Recommended pressures: Gas 5psi and oxygen 10 psi

Carlisle

Carlisle #130 Bunsen Burner – Heat Intensifying Head – Short

Carlisle NOX Tip – #5 Brass – Piloted

Carlisle NOX Tip – #3 Brass – Piloted

Carlisle High Capacity Hand Torch

Carlisle #122 Bunsen Burner – 4 Barrel (Short) – Propane

Carlisle CC+ #5 Torch Ball & Post – Starter Kit #310

Carlisle CC+ #3 Torch Ball & Post – Starter Kit #308

Carlisle CC+ #5 Torch Rack & Pinion – Starter Kit #311

Carlisle CC+ #3 Torch Rack & Pinion – Starter Kit #309

Carlisle CC #5 Torch Rack & Pinion – Starter Kit #307

Carlisle CC #3 Torch Rack & Pinion – Starter Kit #305

Carlisle CC #3 Torch w/ Ball & Post – Starter Kit #304

Carlisle Black Widow Torch – Starter Kit #303

Carlisle Hellcat Torch – Starter Kit #302

Carlisle Wildcat Torch – Starter Kit #301

Carlisle Mini CC Torch – Starter Kit #300

Carlisle CC+ Rack & Pinion Mount – 4 Inlet – #3 Centerfire

Carlisle CC+ Ball & Post Mount – 4 Inlet – #3 Centerfire

Carlisle CC – Rack & Pinion Mount – 4 Inlet – #3 Centerfire

Carlisle CC – Ball & Post Mount – 4 Inlet – #3 Centerfire

Carlisle Lucio Burner

Carlisle #130 Bunsen Burner – Heat Intensifying Head

Carlisle #122 Bunsen Burner – 4 Barrel – Propane

Herbert Arnold Torches

The base for this is more than 50 years experience in burner construction with the demand to offer our customers the optimum heating unit, with a view to the efficiency and the technical equipment. During the development we consequently pay attention to the demands of the users and the continuous improvement leads to more compact and more efficient burners. The burners can be delivered for all types of gas.

40mm Zenit – Single Hole Center Fire – Herbert Arnold

Herbert Arnolds are noiseless bench burners that are used with propane, oxygen, and optional compressed air. “Herbies” are built with a special flame stabilization system allowing them to operate the burner a surplus of air and thus making a cooler flame. The Zenit torch is mounted on a solid cast iron foot with an adjustable ball joint.

The propane, oxygen, and compressed air version of the 40mm Herbert Arnold is designed to work with boro glass. Simply put, the Zenit torches are one of the most impressive, diverse, and powerful torches on the market. Not to mention that they are just absolutely beautiful to look at!

– Noiseless working method

– Large field of application

– Stable, homogeneous flame aspect from sharp, concentrated pin-point flame to a large intense flame, continuously adjustable by a single twist grip

– Burner control via ball valves making it maintenance free and resistant to wear

– High efficiency flame through intensive combustion of gases

– Long lasting by using high-quality materials and components

– Burner head is made from solid non-scaling stainless steel

– Stop valve for gas at the burner body

– Air regulation possible by means of needle valve

– Improved pin-point flame

Please note: A Herbert Arnold Pressure Reducer is required to properly run this torch.

50mm Zenit – Herbert Arnold

65mm Zenit – Herbert Arnold

Herbert Arnold

40mm Zenit – Single Hole Center Fire – Herbert Arnold

Pressure Reducer – Herbert Arnold

65mm Zenit – Herbert Arnold

50mm Zenit – Herbert Arnold

40mm Zenit – Herbert Arnold

NATIONAL TORCHES

National 8M Combo Torch Surface Mix

The National 8M bench torch used with natural gas, propane, hydrogen, & oxygen offers versatility for anyone in glass working from bead making to quartz glass. The 8M comes standard with a swivel ball mounting on a stable, cast steel U-shaped base. The National 8M Torch allows both surface mix & pre-mix applications with the simple interchange of tips.

The SM-5, SM-7, SM-11, & SM-21 surface mix tips are easily interchangeable simply by twisting on & off (No Wrenches!).

Pre-mix operation is just as easy with the PA-1 Adapter ! The PA-1 Adapter allows you to use most of National’s natural gas or propane & oxygen tips.

National 3A-B With 1/4″ Barbed Connections

This is a widely respected and versatile premix torch for lampworking. Economical gas usage, ease of operation, and low cost replacement parts make this a great beginners torch that will last for years to come. Also a perfect torch to consider if you are a beadmaker looking to try your hand at lampworking. Use this torch (3A-B) if you plan on buying your hose by the foot. Use any National OX, HTM, HT, or HTC-3 tips (not included).

National 3B-B Torch With “B” Threaded Hose Connections

National Oxy/Gas Hand Torch with threaded fittings – This is a widely respected and versatile premix torch for lampworking. Economical gas usage, ease of operation, and low cost replacement parts make this a great beginners torch that will last for years to come. Also a perfect torch to consider if you are a beadmaker looking to try your hand at lampworking. Same as above torch but with threaded fittings, use this torch (3B-B) if you plan on buying a hose set with threaded fittings. Use any National OX, HTM, HT, or HTC-3 tips (not included).

6B – National Bench Air/Gas Torch With Barbed Connections

National 6B Bench Torch – The 6B is a compact premix torch ideal for any bench top application like lampworking. A new feature on the 6B is a 360 degree free rotating elbow, which has been made possible by including an O-ring on the elbow insuring a positive seal. The elbow can still be set to a fixed position by simply tightening down the nut. Use any National OX, HTM, HT, or HTC-3 tips (not included).

National

National 8M Combo Torch with SM-7 tip

National Torch Premix Adapter for Surface Mix Torches

National 8 R Rider for 8M Combo Torch

National 8M torch with SM-21 tip

National 8M Combo Surface Mix

6B – National Bench air/gas torch with barbed connections

NORTEL TORCHES

Nortel Minor Bench Burner

The Minor Bench Burner is especially designed for the lamp worker, with surface mix stainless steel front end and precision needle valves. Uses either natural or propane gas with easily adjustable control valves. Variable flame size with no tips to change and narrow head for easy manipulation. Smooth action tilt, heavy base and easy take apart construction. The torch is easily removed from the stand for use as a lathe burner. Uses 1/4″ BC hose. This is a 7 jet burner.

Flame size: Needle point to 3/4 inch

Suggested gas and pressures:

Propane: 2 to 6 PSI

Natural Gas: 1/4 to 2 PSI

Oxygen: 5 to 8 PSI

Nortel Red Max Torch With Mega Minor Top Fire **4 INLET**

This is a 45-port, round torch, configured as a center ring of 16 ports, surrounded by a ring of 27 ports. Flame width can be up to 1.25 inches. It has a Mega Minor mounted on top.

Can be used with natural gas and oxygen or propane and oxygen. Use 3/8 inch or 5/16 inch hoses.

Nortel

Pipe Maker’s Glass Blowing Starter Kit – Nortel Minor Torch

Nortel Red Max Torch with Mega Minor Top Fire **4 INLET**

Nortel Red Max – Pre Mix Top **4 INLET**

Nortel Red Max – Surface Mix Top **4 INLET**

Nortel Midrange Plus w/ Mega Minor Topfire

Nortel Midrange Plus w/ Surface Mix Topfire

Nortel Mini Milon Premix Torch

Nortel Midrange Plus w/ Premix Topfire

Nortel Red Max Torch with Mega Minor Top Fire **2 INLET**

Optional Nortel Red Rocket Premix Sidekick Torch

Nortel Mega Minor Bench Burner

Pre Mix Top Torch FOR Nortel Red Max

Red Max Conversion Kit

Nortel Major/Minor Bench Burner w/ Pre Mix Top Burner

Nortel Red Rocket

Nortel Red Max – Pre Mix Top **2 INLET**

Nortel Red Max – Surface Mix Top **2 INLET**

Nortel Major/Minor Bench Burner w/ Surface Mix Top Burner

Nortel Midrange Bench Burner

Nortel Minor Bench Burner

SMITH EQUIPMENT

Smith Little Torch With 5 Tips And Hose

When you pick up The Little Torch(TM), you know immediately that you are holding a magnificent instrument which will enable you to extend your skills far beyond all previous limits. Whether you are in the first stages of learning your craft or have mastered it completely with more limited tools, The Little Torch will open a new world of possibilities for you.

Smith Equipment’s Little Torch welds an unlimited range of materials, brazes and solders the tiniest elements with ease, yet produces enough heat to weld steel up to 1/8″ thick or melt 3 oz. of silver. Features:

– Infinite Control Weighing only 1.5 ounces, The Little Torch(TM) is easily maneuvered in areas impossible to reach with conventional torches.

– Variety of Flame Settings and Sizes Produce a perfectly controlled, stable flame, hot enough to melt commercially weldable metals, glass and ceramics with thread-thin flames up to 6000 F.

– Unmatched Flexibility Works with any commercially used fuel gas, and strong, flexible hoses connect to any standard pressure regulator.

– Exclusive Heating Tips Multi-orifice tips for heating or melting up to 3 oz. of metal.

The Little Torch feels right in your hand. It is just a fraction wider and longer than your middle finger. This superbly balanced torch with a rugged aluminum alloy body weighs only 1.5 ounces. The Little Torch features a thin, extremely lightweight hose which provides added maneuverability. In short, The Little Torch is designed to meet the most exacting industrial standards for a small, multi-purpose torch. The Little Torch has unmatched flexibility — it can be used with several fuels including acetylene, hydrogen, propane, propylene, MAPP, or natural gas. It produces a perfectly controlled, completely stable flame hot enough to melt commercially weldable metals, glass and even ceramics. It may also be used with special heating tips to melt up to 3 oz. of metal.

The Little Torch has a wide range of flame lengths and heat output for various metals and thicknesses. The operator can vary the flame length to his/her exact requirements by adjusting the oxygen and fuel gas valves on the torch body. The Little Torch has many engineered-in safety features. Color coded hoses and valves help prevent errors in setup and operation. Over 80 years of Smith experience in the manufacturing of welding equipment gives you assurance of quality and satisfaction. 23-1001D Includes 11-1101C torch, size #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 curved tips, 8′ hoses and complete instruction manual. Encased in display box as shown (“B” hose connections fuel 9/16″-18-LH, Oxygen 9/16″-18-RH)

The best brands of glass torches used for flameworking, glass bead making, lampworking, marble making, or glassblowing.

Buying a Used Torch: A Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide Part 2

Welcome back to our Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide series! Let’s dive into purchasing the torch of your dreams while staying within your budget – do you purchase a used torch or a new torch? When it comes down to it, it’s about finding a torch that can grow with you.

The Great Debate: Buying Used or New

It’s okay to purchase a used torch, but be wary. If you don’t put in the time to research, you can find yourself spending 2x more money than if you were to buy brand new.

If you’re considering a used lampworking torch, here are some simple tips we suggest keeping in mind:

  • Ask to demo the product before you buy. If you’re unable to test the torch in person, ask for video and flame shots from the seller to ensure the torch is working properly.
  • Contact the manufacturer for review. Not all torch repairs are covered by Bethlehem’s Lifetime Factory Warranty. If you are considering buying a used Bethlehem Burners torch – contact Kate Hayes for a consultation. She will be able to break down any possible torch repairs a used torch may need, and what those repairs will cost.
  • Look for those tell-tale signs. There are a few common signs of torch fatigue. For example, you can spot if a torch is premixing fuels internally if you hear loud bangs when firing it up.
  • A gamble is a gamble. Even with photos, you can miss some tell-tale signs you have a lemon. If the risks outweigh the good, you can always buy a new smaller version of your dream torch.

They say : “Buy the best torch you can afford because you will have to relearn everything once you upgrade and you’ll pick up good torch maintenance habits while working with high-end equipment.”

Bethlehem Burner’s says : Choose a smaller version of your dream torch, one that is constructed by the same torch manufacturer but on a smaller scale.

While “their advice” is accurate, it is also very costly. If you’re looking to slowly invest in your new career or hobby, start slow. The smaller torch will give you time to learn proper fuel mixture ratios for specific glass techniques and it will teach you how to safely operate torches made by that manufacturer. If you can’t get your hands on the smaller version of your dream torch, get one that most closely resembles it.

Lampworking seems simple enough, but you can easily rack up a large repair bill if you’re not mindful of how you’re treating your torch. The problem is that operating and maintaining a torch requires a lot of effort and know-how. Most beginner lampworkers are preoccupied with learning how to create glass art and tend to accidentally mistreat their big and expensive torches. This leads to very costly and sometimes very time-consuming torch repairs.

Our torch experts will talk you through buying a used torch over new and the best style for a beginner torch enthusiast in part two of our Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide. ]]>