Propane torches are fantastic tools that are widely used in the automotive industry. These torches have stainless steel flame tubes made for rugged use and long-lasting ability, providing a soft, dispersed flame that is ideal for body solder and plastic forming jobs. Below, you will learn how to properly use a propane torch for your automotive needs.
Before using a propane torch, it is important to consider the following warnings:
Once each of these issues have been addressed, it is time to set up and operate your propane torch for use.
Acquire a one pound cylinder of propane or MAPP gas fuel. Make sure the regulator or flame control knob is securely closed, fully read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions on the gas cylinder, and attach the cylinder to the torch in a well-ventilated area. To ignite the torch once the gas cylinder is connected, open the regulator/flame control knob about halfway in a counter-clockwise direction. Then quickly push in the ignition button to ignite the flame. Keep rotating the regulator/flame control knob in the same direction to achieve a soft, blue flame with even dispersal. If a jagged orange flame appears, the valve is open too far; rotating the knob in a clockwise direction will reduce the gas output and calm the flame. Once the optimum soft, blue flame is achieved, the torch is ready for use.
To shut off the torch, simply rotate the regulator/flame control knob in a clockwise direction. This will shut off the fuel supply and extinguish the flame. After turning off the torch, place it on a non-flammable surface, and allow it too cool for five minutes before storing it in a dry, safe place.
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