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Solid Design / Hard To Fill / Erratic Lighting
on April 11, 2014
I paid a little more rather than buy the generic torch and Blazer has been around a long time. They charge more and I expect more. The overall design of this torch is good, and it does a great job of igniting my BBQ pellets. The components appear to be durable, but I have a couple of issues that keep me from recommending it higher.
I bought Vector quintuple filtered butane. The Vector's nozzle doesn't fit very well with the Blazer's fill port. The Vector nozzle appears to be the standard metal butane nozzle, so I'm not sure why it doesn't fit well, but a lot of gas get's wasted when filling this torch. Additionally, there's no fuel window so there's not much to go on other than sound and gas spraying when it's full. The problem I had was gas spraying the whole time I filled it. I tried to get it to seal when pushing down, but no luck, just spurting, sputtering, spraying.
The other problem I am having is with the piezo lighter. It's inconsistent and I expect better from a brand new torch. Make sure you adjust the black ring in front of the gas switch. It's to adjust the air/fuel mixture. I just keep the holes aligned. If you still have trouble lighting just blow once on the end, gas off of course. You don't actually have to put your mouth on it :), then give it a try. It's an old trick for torch lighters I learned as a former cigar store owner. My Blazer still takes five or six clicks to light, not good.
I wish Blazer did a better job of quality control or put a more robust ignitor on the thing. Someday, one of these companies will put more engineering into the ignitor.