BonJour Chef's Tools Professional Culinary/Crème Brûlée Torch, Black
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- Large heavy metal body culinary torch
- Caramelizes sugars, browns meringues, crisps meats, skins tomatoes and melts cheese on gratins
- Butane gas powered; Features a fuel level indicator window, an extra-long nozzle with anti-flare flame, adjustable temperature control, safety lock
- Butane fuel not included; removable stand
- Features a full color culinary recipe pamphlet featuring recipes courtesy of Kitchen on Fire
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This metal body culinary torch turns the ordinary home chef into a professional. It is ideal for crème brulee, caramelizing sugar, meringues, melting cheese, crisping meats, skinning tomatoes, peppers and charring vegetables. The butane gas powered torch features a fuel level indicator window, an extra-long nozzle with anti-flare flame, adjustable temperature control, safety lock and removable stand. Also included is a full color culinary recipe pamphlet featuring recipes courtesy of "kitchen on fire". Fuel not included.
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So what I like;
Base stays on
Fuel level window
Easy adjustable flame level
Adjustable flame width
Longer barrel for safety
What I don't like:
If you are older, have weak or arthritic hands, this is not a good choice. It's very difficult to hold the butane open and so its forces you to lock the butane open. This may be a safety issue and must be used with extreme caution.
This is the 3rd one that we owned (1 my roommate from years ago; and 2 from me both bought on same link). They change the design from metal finish to just a plastic finish with a metal brush coat. I can compare the two products that have same productID numbers.
In addition to this change, it seems that the area where the butane get filled into leaks! Both of the newer ones (with the plastic finish) have leaked after about month a use. I could get it to stop temporarily by turning the intake and also releasing some pressure but it will still have a slight leak.
Use this product at your own risk until they fix this flaw/leaking problem. However, I have no other choice but to use it until a replacement is purchased/sent.
Most of the reviews for this product compliment its reliability and build quality. And compared to the recommended products like Vector or Blazer, it's extremely cheap.
Some of the reviews give one star, saying the torch lights very inconsistently, leaks butane, etc. I decided the risk was worth it and bought this torch.
Lo and behold, my torch arrives and is nothing but trouble.
First, it was extremely difficult to get butane in there reliably. I couldn't tell if I was filling it up, as no gas sounds were heard. Also, the fuel gague on this is worse than useless.
Second, the reliability of the torch is basically zero. Like many other reviews have claimed, my product lights at best one time out of ten, which is totally umacceptable.
Third, when the torch does light, I only get about 20 seconds of good flame out of it before it begins to noticably wither. After about 30 seconds, the flame is too weak to use for its intended purpose--less a jet and more a bic lighter.
Fourth, the build quality is disappointingly shoddy. The metal seems low quality, the buttons are all hard plastic, and pieces are joined together loosely.
I ended up returning this torch and buying a Messermeister FT-12 instead. It has no negative reviews, has many compliments on its nuild quality and reliability, appears to be identical in build to tbe Vector torches, is ostensibly a professional-grade device, and is only $20 more.
If you can't afford to buy a higher quality torch, I would recommend buying this one from BB&B, so when it breaks you can return it and exchange it for another one right away.
**I don't recommend this torch to anyone who is safety conscious**
PSA: If any of you guys are having troubles with it igniting on the first try, look at the nozzle of the troch. There is a small indent of where a small wire is. If it is bent or pushed down, it needs to be standing back up so that it is in the path of the gas.
I believe this is what ignites the gas, i aint no torch scientist but yeah. That has worked for me and is now functioning wonderfully.