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Re: Old Gasoline Soldering Iron

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John in La

03-16-2013 19:10:05

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Why mess around with a gasoline soldering iron when you can get a gasoline blow torch.

I got one like the one on the left from dads garage years ago but I have never been able to find the guts to fire it up and see if it works.

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Dusty MI

03-17-2013 05:25:09

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 Re: Old Gasoline Soldering Iron in reply to John in La, 03-16-2013 19:10:05  
My dad had a couple of torches like the one on the left except they did not have the hood like part.

The C hook on top and the notch at the end of the burner are for holding a soldering copter.

I think you should use "white gas" ,Coleman fuel, today. Just put some in the tank, pump it up, then fill the little reservoir/tub under the burner, and light the gas in the tub. When that gas is almost burned up slowly open the valve, it should light.


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Brian G. NY

03-17-2013 15:03:28

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 Re: Old Gasoline Soldering Iron in reply to Dusty MI, 03-17-2013 05:25:09  
I remember my Dad using one of these years ago when I was a kid.
Exactly as you say, pump it up, let some gas into the trough, light it and when the barrel is hot turn on the gas again and you will have a nice blue flame coming out of the "blowtorch". Just think of how many of these were used "back in the day" with nary a single mishap!
I worked in a prison where one of the inmates smuggled one of the copper soldering irons out of one of the shops and used it to stab another inmate. He took off the wooden handle, sharpened that end and stuck it into the other guy's back.
The copper end was now the handle with lots of weight to propel the "shiv"!
I'll never forget seeing that copper soldering iron sticking out of the inmate's back!
Interestingly, The victim survived with little injury as the weapon missed anything vital.

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