Bernzomatic TS4000 Trigger Start Torch
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|EAN||0787461603321 , 0070042190403|
|Import Designation||Made in USA|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Manufacturer|
|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||070042190403 , 787461603321|
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While the TS4000 I purchased from Amazon worked flawlessly for 8-10 hours of use, it won't start at all after having sat idle for 8 months. When I start it 'manually' via an aim-n-flame, it has a broad fan-shaped flame that doesn't heat property.
I guess the instruction manual should have said to test the TS4000 before each job, as it is not a dependable tool. Now I'm stuck with no water, an upset pregnant wife, and a run to Lowes to pick up another 'disposable' torch.
Shame on Bernzomatic.
UPDATE: The broad fan-like flame was caused by some "micro-webs" in the neck of the torch. While they didn't look like they could possibly block the airflow, I guess they were sufficient to disrupt the swirling mixture of air/propane. I blew them out with some compressed air and the TS40000 is acting like new. I now store the "torch" in a large zip-top freezer bag to keep out the beasties.
Shame on me for blaming Bernzomatic for my spider.
What I will say is that I have tried a few blowtorches in various settings and this one has functioned flawlessly for several months - including resolving a problem on another blowtorch: the lack of pressure regulation which causes the blowtorch to go out when aimed downward or inverted. Without this feature it is next to impossible to sear steak, glaze creme brulee, or do other things made more fun with a blowtorch that require a flame directed downward. This torch is able to used in any position, including upside down. Just today I did an experiment with my kids to verify that older pennies have a much higher copper content and thus get hot but don't melt, while newer pennies are mostly zinc and melt in seconds.
Several reviewers noted that the internal ignition mechanism stopped working after a while. That hasn't happened with mine (yet) and it always lights on the first or second try. You can also light it externally with a standard flint spark igniter - the kind your father or grandfather would have used (I also use these for my gas stove as I'm too lazy to fix the sparker and they are more reliable, cheaper, and last longer than the long-necked butane lighters). If this ever happens to me, it won't affect my ability to use it, but for professional use you can see how the ability to quickly activate and deactivate the torch on selected spots would be key.Read more ›
After using my dad's Bernzomatic up there for a week, I knew I had to get one as soon as I got home... and I did.
This thing is sweet. You can use it with Propane or MAPP gas; MAPP is about 2.5x the price (around seven-fifty at my local HW store, whereas the Propane was something like three bucks) but burns much hotter. For my purposes (lighting fires, starting the grill, and roasting ant beds... basically just playing around), normal Propane is more than sufficient. You can use the tall blue propane cylinders from your HW store, or the squat / fat dark green ones you'd normally use for your camp stove / lantern... it's a standard connection.
The Bernzomatic unit itself is built very solidly. The whole thing is made from metal, except the plastic clicker, which is still heavy-duty and feels nice and durable. It has a pleasant heft and a solid 'quality' feel, and is surprisingly ergonomic in the hand while connected to either the tall skinny containers or the short fat ones.
The unit will start on the first click almost every time -- sometimes it takes two clicks, and I believe this is because if you click it too fast, gas doesn't have time to actually reach the piezoelectric starter before it sparks. But this just means you click it twice (or wait a quarter of a second between pressing the button halfway and clicking it fully). The unit is, thus far, utterly reliable and very heavy duty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't work out of the box. Had it for a month before I needed it and already threw out all the packaging.Published 3 days ago by Aaron L Cruse
Used this bad boy to start my campfires. Who needs kindling when you have a blowtorch! Fit perfectly on the Coleman camping propane tanks!Published 9 days ago by VinCampbell
Awesome torch. For those of you that have been using the old kind you need to light, if you use a torch more than once in a while, this is the way to go. Read morePublished 10 days ago by STPM
Great torch, I use it often, to start the bbq , camp fires, working on cars and so on. Only need the cheap throw a way camp propane bottles.Published 11 days ago by Rod
I had two torches due to defects.
First time, it didn't self-ignite despite about half an hour of trying and remounting to the propane tank. Read more
I don't leave reviews very often, but after using this torch again today, I felt it was necessary to leave a comment. Read morePublished 26 days ago by TravisT