Topic: Re: Old Gasoline Soldering Iron
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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.
|Brian G. NY
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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