Who makes Turbo Torch? And other questions
Turbo Torch is a brand name that has become synonymous with high output torch tips in general. Typically if you are wondering who makes turbo torch you are probably thinking of a product from one of these 2 companies. The actual turbotorch brand tips are manufactured by Victor Technologies based in Texas. The second most common maker of high output torches for brazing and soldering is Berzomatic.
How Hot Does A Turbo Torch Get?
That depends on the the fuel and air mixture you go with. Here are the temps you can expect from common mixtures in open air:
• 1,750°F (954°C) – air-propane
• 2,150°F (1177°C)– air-MAP
• 2,700°F (1482°C) – air-acetylene
• 4,700°F (2593°C) – oxy-acetylene
For forging mild steel most tasks can be done at or below 1,750°F with just regular propane. If you plan to forge weld you will need temps up around 2300F which can still be achieved with propane using a strong flame in a good enclosed, well-insulated forge. Other gasses can get you hotter faster but are far less convenient to use compared to propane.
How to Clean a Propane Torch Nozzle?
You may not realize it but propane is not really all that clean and it is not uncommon for a torch head to become clogged. To unclog it and clean out the torch head just follow the simple steps below.
- Unscrew the head from the bottle or hose.
- Get a pot big enough to completely submerge the head.
- Fill it with water and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Put the head in and let it boil for 10 mins. Turning down the heat if needed if it boils over.
- Remove the head and let it cool till easy to handle.
- Dry it off with a cloth and then shake all the water out.
- Leave it to air dry for 24 hours or put it in a oven set to its lowest temp overnight to ensure there is no moisture left inside.
Can you braze with acetylene only?
The American Welding Society (AWS) defines soldering and brazing by the temps they are done at.
Soldering: A joining process that takes place below 840°F (450°C)
Brazing: A joining process that occurs above 840°F (450°C)
Out in the real world, most soldering occurs at temperatures of 350° (177°C) to 550° (288°C), and most brazing occurs at 1,100° (593°C) to 1,500° (815°C)
Does acetylene burn without oxygen?
You don’t need an oxy tank to use acetylene. An air-acetylene mix will burn around 2,700°F (1482°C). A little more than half the temp oxy-acetylene’s 4,700°F (2593°C) temp and depending on your uses can be more than enough.
Can I use a Turbo Torch in my forge?
Absolutely! If you have a small knife making forge or a DIY coffee can forge they can work great! Though I would recommend looking at a better solution like a proper burner that will get your metal to working temp MUCH faster. I wrote an entire guide about forge burners that you can find HERE.
-The Stay At Home Dad
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