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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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Bernzomatic Garage: Selecting the Right Torch

Which fuel should I use for my project?

Butane: Well-suited for soldering electronic circuits, heat shrinking and jewelry design and repair.

Propane: Ideal for small soldering jobs, softening putty or paint and loosening rusted bolts.

MAP-Pro™: Designed for larger, hotter jobs such as soldering large diameter copper pipe, brazing or heat-treating.

Oxy/MAP-Pro: These torches are hot enough to weld and cut thin metal.

Bernzomatic Garage: Selecting the Right Torch

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. Learn more.

Why does my torch go out when tipped upside down?

Some of our torches (WT2301, WT2301C, WPK2301 and UL2317) are designed for plumbing or soldering – uses that work best with the torch head upright. For this reason, they do not have a pressure regulator to control the flow of fuel through the torch. When theses torches are inverted, the liquid propane works its way through the torch and extinguishes the flame.

For work that requires inversion, we recommend a pressure-regulated torch, such as the TS3500 Multi-Use Torch or a cast body torch, such as the TS4000, BZ4500HS, or TS8000.

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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

Find Your Local Solid Waste Authority

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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Torch Technique

Mastering Lead-Free Soldering

Check out our recommended techniques for soldering lead-free fittings.

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Torch Terms

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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