Whether you like playing around with metals in your workshop or you simply want to eradicate those nasty weeds growing in the lawn, a propane torch is an effective tool that every household needs. So, with that set, let's take you through the best propane torches in 2021 that are sure to make life easier and a lot more lit… see what we did there?
By burning the hydrocarbon gas, propane, the torch spews out flames that can thaw, braze, solder, and even weld most metals. In this post, we'll not only be looking at the best ones out there but also be breaking down the entire buying process and equipping you with all the tips and tricks you'll need when in the market for a new propane torch.
Now that you know all about our top picks, how about we teach you how to buy propane torches with this comprehensive buyer's guide section?
What Are Propane Torches Used For? Why Do You Need One?
Treating your eyes to the unique patterns and colors of its flames alone makes buying a propane torch worth it. However, let's keep the aesthetics aside for a while and talk about the three benefits of using a propane torch, shall we?
Remember when Aerys Targaryen said, "Burn them all!"? Well, that's exactly what you can do with a propane torch. Although, please don't burn any innocent people in King's Landing. Rather, use it to eradicate the nasty weeds and rodents from your house and backyard. You can even use the torch to burn away germs from poultry cages and to remove grease from non-flammable objects.
Propane torches generate heat and well, the heat melts things, right? The elementary lesson wasn't the goal here. Rather, what we're trying to say is that you can use a propane torch to thaw away frozen locks and bolts. You can also use it to clear your driveways from snow.
Soldering & Welding
You can even use a propane torch to cut, solder, and weld wires and fixtures made of iron, steel, and copper. Just make sure that you know what you're doing. Here is a great guide to help you get started with welding using a propane torch.
Things to Consider When Buying Propane Torches?
We recommend that you consider two factors when looking for a new propane torch.
The Intensity of the Flame
This seems rather obvious but it is important that your propane torch provides adequate amounts of heat for the application that you're buying it for. Let's make things a bit simple, shall we?
The intensity of a propane torch's flame is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). The rule of thumb is that the more the BTU, the more energy your torch has. However, this high energy would be useless if its hose cannot pump out the gas at an equally fast, but controlled, rate. This efficiency of the hose is measured in Pounds per Square Inch (PSI). So, what you should be looking for is a good BTU to PSI ratio that will meet your needs.
Applications like welding would require the most amounts of heat. The intensity of the flame can be lower if you're looking to burn some weeds or do some household repairs. Simple stuff like burning the BBQ grill would require the least amounts of BTU and PSI.
The two factors that affect the blowtorch's portability are its weight and design. While the weight part is self explanatory, you should ensure that your torch has an ergonomic design that makes carrying it a breeze. Design elements like good handles and non slip grips should be looked out for.
Moreover, it is entirely possible that you don't need a portable propane torch. If what you need it for doesn't require much carrying around, then why not opt for a heavier and more sturdy option?
How to Pick a Quality Propane Torch?
It is important that you look for these two features in a propane torch when in the market for one:
Propane torches can be ignited using a lighter or an ignite button included in the design. The latter is obviously a safer and more convenient option. No one likes striking matches when the ignition is just a press of a button away, right?
Moreover, you should always make sure that you release the gas valve slowly and take adequate precautions when igniting and using your torch. Here is a great guide on how to work with propane torches safely and efficiently.
Some applications will require your torch to be on low settings while others will require the flames on full blast. So, it is important that adjusting the flame's intensity is easy. We recommend that you look out for torches with adjustability knobs in the design. A great material for these knobs is brass due to its resistance to corrosion and high temperatures.
Propane Torch Price Range
Do you know what time it is? It's time to talk about the dollar signs! So, how much should you expect to shell out on a new propane torch? Well, the prices on these bad boys can range from $20 to upwards of $50.
Before we go any further, it is important to understand that an expensive propane torch doesn't necessarily mean that it is better. In fact, our top picked torch by Bernzomatic is priced even lower than $20!
Generally, more expensive propane torches will be constructed from premium materials and get you features like a higher BTU strength and longer hoses that are rated with higher PSIs. Moreover, torches that come with gas kits are obviously priced higher than those that don't.
1, 2, and 3. That’s just how long it takes for the Bernzomatic Worthington WT2301 Propane Torch to ignite. You simply click the start switch and, lo and behold, beautiful webbed flames sprout up that will make short work of any thawing, welding, or soldering job that you have.
Talking about these flames, the blowtorch boasts a valve in its design to control the intensity of the flame. The angled tube which sprouts the fire is made of premium steel that is resistant to rusting. This propane torch is also the lightest torch on our list, weighing only about 2.2 ounces.
The golden brass construction of the Mr. Torch Bluefire CGA600 Propane Torch lends to it a luxurious and imperial outlook. The brass also makes it super durable while being lightweight. The knob on the tube is also made from brass and may be used to toggle the intensity of the flame.
Talking about the flame, the Bluefire torch can spew out flames with a maximum temperature of 1350 degrees celsius. Rest assured, the heat would be adequate for any thawing and lighting jobs around the house. You can buy the Mr. Torch Bluefire torch separately or with a 16.1 oz gas cylinder.
Extremely sturdy and durable
Ability to toggle extra fine flames for delicate jobs
May need periodical valve adjustments to stay lit for a longer time
While the Hot Max 500G Propane Torch comes in three size options, the star of the show is definitely the 500,000 BTU option. No wonder it’s called the ‘Big Max’. With that kind of strength to its flame, this propane torch seems more like a mad villain’s weapon rather than a household tool.
Trust us when we say that the weeds and snow around your house would quiver at the sight of this absolute beast. This torch connects to most standard tanks of propane via a 10 foot long hose which is super durable and has a 350 PSI rating. There is also a handy control valve on the tube that is made of premium quality brass.
An extra strong 500,000 BTU option
Clean burning of propane
Extremely easy to assemble
The valve may be a bit annoying since it restricts gas flow if not opened slowly
If the 500,000 BTU powered flames and 300 PSI rated hose of the Big Max impressed you, we have another propane torch that boasts similar specs. Say hello to the Flame King YSN Torch. Available in 24K and 500K BTU options, this blowtorch is all about ergonomics. With an easy-to-hold handle and an anti slip grip to it, it is a breeze to use this bad boy.
Talking about ease, did we mention just how easy it is to ignite this torch? You simply push the ignite button and voilá. The design also includes a brass knob to control the flame’s intensity.
The AUSAIL Propane Torch boasts an ergonomic handle that takes the fatigue part out of its utilization. The comfort is further enhanced thanks to the lightweightedness of the torch. Customers particularly love just how easy to use this torch by AUSAIL is. You simply release the gas by turning the valve and press the ignite button.
The flame would burn for an hour straight on a standard 14 oz tank. The torch connects to this tank via a 32 inches long tube. This tube also makes torching around corners and inaccessible crevices a breeze.
A super comfortable handle with a non slip grip
Made of extremely sturdy stainless steel
Best Propane Torches FAQs
Q: What do you use a propane torch for?
A: A propane torch is a must-have tool for all homes. It can be used to thaw out frozen metals such as locks and bolts. You can even use it to melt the snow that is blocking your driveway. It is a great tool for preheating, soldering, brazing, and welding metals. Let's not forget that you can even use it to light up the BBQ grill in style.
Q: How do you adjust the flame on a propane torch?
A: The best propane torches boast a high quality knob that can be toggled to adjust the flame. What the knob does is that it controls the amount of gas released. For high heat tasks like soldering and welding, you can increase the height of the flame. On the other hand, tasks like melting and lighting things up would require lower heat.
Q: What is the best propane torch to buy?
A: All propane torches on our best of list boasts pros that significantly outweigh their cons and may be bought without batting an eye. However, if we were to choose one as the best of the best, we would definitely say that the Bernzomatic Worthington WT2301 is the best propane torch to buy. It is extremely durable and super easy to light up and use. Let's also not forget that it weighs only 2.2 ounces!
Q: Is a propane torch better than a butane torch?
A: Yes, propane is a far better option than butane when it comes to torches. Propane has the capacity to burn at insanely high temperatures (up to 3,600 degrees!). This makes it great for welding, soldering and heating up metals.
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