Heat Gun Vs. Blow Torch

I had been wanting to use a propane torch to fuse my work, so today I went to home depot and $25 poorer I now own a blow torch.  I let it sit in the package all day, as I have to admit, I am a bit afraid of the thing.  Two days ago a house in my community had a fire (no one was hurt) and when I was 14 yrs. old the gas grill at my house singed my hair/eyebrows and lashes (my brother went to light it but I guess there must have been fumes so it made a big fire ball when he lit the grill) and then 2 weeks later I caught my sleeve on the stove and it caught on fire (I grew up in a house with an industrial range before they were in vogue that had huge gas jets) I now only have electric in my house, stove oven and all. So this Torch is a huge leap for me considering my bad experiences with fire.

So I went outside on my patio, with a fire extinguisher, removed any items that looked flammable, locked the dog inside and after many attempts finally got the torch ignited. I took a few sample of boards that I prepped outside to test. One panel caught on fire because I had some paper that was stuck in the wax so it flamed up, the others went okay, the problem being- I could not see the flame.  A few more attempts and then I decided back to the heat gun. Since my studio is in my den; I can’t use the torch inside. I can see the practical use if I was working on a very large surface as the flame fuses fast and even. But for right now I will stick with my heat gun

Any one have an suggestions on the torch let me know as I am sure with practice I can get the hang of it and not hurt myself or anyone.

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5 thoughts on “Heat Gun Vs. Blow Torch

  1. Don’t be fearful, you are on the right track. One great move is to by the automatic trigger for the torch, its a few more dollars but you simply turn on the gas and squeeze the trigger and the torch fires up.I favor the torch as you have instant heat, instant off and once you are inside you will see the flame just fine…but please don’t do any of it till you feel comfortable!!!

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