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Blow Torch? Recommendations please

SilentAcro Dec 1, 2010 09:12 PM

Hello Everybody

I'm in the market for a nice little blowtorch and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions. I saw this at Bed Bath and Beyond: think it's any good?


I'm open to suggestions.

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  1. cowboyardee RE: SilentAcro Dec 1, 2010 09:30 PM

    I don't really like the little torches designed for kitchen use - they tend to be overpriced and underpowered (though the price on the one you linked isn't bad at least).

    I use a Bernzomatic propane torch available cheaply at Walmart or most hardware stores. It puts out a lot more heat, which makes it a lot more versatile.

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      SilentAcro RE: cowboyardee Dec 1, 2010 09:37 PM

      Something like this?


      Is it easy to use and refill?

      1. re: SilentAcro
        Janet RE: SilentAcro Dec 1, 2010 09:44 PM

        My husband is the blow torch user. His is from Home Depot. It works in the kitchen and to sweat pipes. His is a Bernz Omatic, it is at least 30 years old. He says tank replacement is very simple. Don't waste your money on the little pretty ones. They don't do the job.

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          SilentAcro RE: Janet Dec 1, 2010 09:55 PM

          something like this?


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            la2tokyo RE: SilentAcro Dec 1, 2010 10:08 PM

            Buy that Bernzomatic! The little "culinary" ones are a waste of money. They're more expensive and they perform worse.

            1. re: la2tokyo
              SilentAcro RE: la2tokyo Dec 1, 2010 10:16 PM

              I'm convinced :) I think everyone here is right about the Bed Bath and Beyond one...it's looks like cheap plastic.

              Thanks everybody

            2. re: SilentAcro
              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: SilentAcro Dec 1, 2010 10:16 PM

              That is exactly the one we use for crème brûlée at work. The little butane "kitchen torches" are absolutely useless, you might as well try to brûlée with a cigarette lighter.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                SilentAcro RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 1, 2010 10:25 PM

                Really? Awesome, thanks for your input. Now I'm even more convinced :)

              2. re: SilentAcro
                srgoodman RE: SilentAcro Dec 2, 2010 04:01 AM

                I agree with the others - that one (the Bernzomatic TS3000) is *exactly* the model you want. It's got a regulator, which will prevent the flame from going out if you invert the torch. It also has a self-lighting feature which, while not essential, is very convenient.

                You can buy the replacement propane tanks at any hardware store and many supermarkets, for a couple of bucks. A one pound tank will last a *very* long time in home use.

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                  Janet RE: SilentAcro Dec 2, 2010 10:21 PM

                  That is what he uses for cooking and for repairs around the house. It works just fine in both jobs, and is way cheaper than the fancy little ones in fancy cooking stores.

              3. re: SilentAcro
                cowboyardee RE: SilentAcro Dec 2, 2010 12:36 AM

                Yep, yes, and yeah.

            3. justanotherpenguin RE: SilentAcro Dec 2, 2010 10:07 AM

              first a story. 1 1/2 years ago wife and i went to a fine local italian restaurant for a cooking class on wife's bday. also happened to be birthday of the chef and another customer. during the break the chef decided to make a brulee for wife and other guest. when he was ready to "torch" he pulled out a commercial plumbing torch and did so. several individuals asked about the little torches sold for cooks and he just laughed.

              that being said: we use a plumbing torch with "mapp" gas - burns hotter. also, we often will simply use the broiler if doing a large number of deserts.

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