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- Hot Head Torch, Great for Beginner Lampworkers
- Uses Disposable Mapp or Propane Gas Bottles
- Good Beginning Torch
- Doesn't Require Oxygen
- Brass Torch
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Hot Head Brass Torch Uses disposable MAPP or propane gas bottles. Doesn't require oxygen (and is therefore not as hot as oxygen mix torches). Good beginning torch. See the Hot Head Holder and Work Surface accessory.
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The torch is solid brass, and fairly heavy. The flame it emits is capable of melting silver and brass. I haven't tried it on other metals, but it does not get hot enough to melt steel by a long shot. It can get steel red and nearly white hot, which is what I need for my metalsmithing. It creates a fairly large flame, and is quite loud.
This is exactly what I needed as a cheap and simple component to a bench-top smithing setup, and it works great. I haven't had any problems with it since I bought it, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something similar.
The Hothead has nothing but positives when you compare it to all the hardware store type propane/air torches I've ever seen. (I've never used a Devardi torch so I don't know about how it compares to the Devardi. They look similar but salt looks similar to sugar.)
It is a very good entry level torch. To follow is my assessment as to how it compares with a journeyman level torch, the Minor.
Positives as compared to the Minor torch:
2)no oxygen tank,
3)uses small throw away propane or MAPP cans
4)more portable for arts and crafts shows(see #2 and #3)
Negatives as compared to the Minor torch:
1) for complex beads and for beads using opalino type glass it will tend to leave gray smudges on the beads or change the glass color,
2) does not heat as well for larger beads, especially hollow beads, shooter sized marbles and lampwork vases,
3) very loud,
4) Should be started with a big flame; it takes a while to warm up and hold a flame if you need smaller,
5) uses expensive throw away propane or MAPP cans ;^)
6) needs a clamp to hold it to the table - the Minor can be screwed directly to the table surface. See comment at the bottom of my review.
Negatives for all the torches I've mentioned above: none of these torches is sufficient for any real work with borosilicate glass.
A comment about equipment: This type of propane/air burners will need a clamp either for the burner itself or for the propane can. The best kind looks like a sheet of stainless steel bent to rest on the edge of the table. This gives a flat stainless steel surface under the flame and a vertical surface with automotive type hose clamps riveted to it. This kind of clamp will support the can and put the burner flame a few inches above the table surface. I looked at the clamp on the Amazon listing for the Devardi torch but that is not the big, sturdy clamp I use. I can't find a good example of this on Amazon but if I do I will come back and post a link.