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I can't believe someone would suggest cleaning your torch tip by burning wood. Sure it makes the torch burp and cough but I don't think it really cleans shiit just go by a tip cleaner it's like three bucks and my secret to flawless cutting or gas welding is clean the tip after every single weld or cut no exceptions
Kevin is correct with the oak block. Torch brazers been doing for a century or more. Is an oldtimer's technique that is safe and gentle to the tip that I was taught in college. Someone that reams his tips when they don't need it is lke someone getting an enema every day for no reason.
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I never said it doesn't work I was taught the same thing all I'm saying is its tough to beat a three dollar to cleaner .......guys used to wear cool rose colored glasses too or dry their rod by by sticking it to the base metal before they welded geeeeeesh some welders are stuck in there ways do you guys still file your bevels on too or do you use a grinder? Lol
Thanks for all the the advice. I opened up the handle and found lots of soot. Then I checked the o rings in the mixer and the were dry rotted. I cleaned the soot out, but now have to find new o rings.
That's because cheap torches often use "fecal" O-rings to save money over Viton.
I have (many) US-made torches which are decades old whose seals are still supple and which pass inert gas pressure checks higher than factory specs.
I don't resell ChiCom junk torches or regs when I get them in a lot. I destroy them and the hunks go in the scrap bin. I once included one (drilled so it couldn't be used) in an Ebay sale with a Victor torch so the buyer could SEE the differences!
Did the crispy seal areas resemble the ones in the linked thread below?
The o rings crumbled when I tried to remove them. The set is about ten years old, but not used very much. I had many flashbacks trying to figure out what was wrong. I had check valves installed but heard these don't work as good as flash arresters. I finally found new Viton o rings, just waiting for delivery. I also ordered flash arresters. I don't want to take a chance having the hose explode or worse the tank.
I really need to get this off of my chest, a few post back, i offered some good advice, only to be ridiculed, aren't we all a bunch of guys, not squawking women who have the same occupation and like the opportunity to chat with other brother welders about our daily lives on the job as a welder or fitter, burner., i am getting sick of this nit picking crap between people, there are some very nice people here with tons of great knowledge, lets all behave on that level. please
Lots of passes with a tip cleaner will eventually enlarge the hole. Remember a tip cleaner is a small, round FILE.
Not a problem with expendable cutting tips, but heating tips are more money and harder to find cheap on Ebay.
A wipe is also faster and wood doesn't deform the copper tip.
Not that the folks who did everything with OA when it was the only game in town and brought OA equipment to its highest degree of refinement and produced many torch models we still use today might KNOW something about how to use them....
I've done the wood thing forever. It works many times. If it doesn't work......then use the tip cleaner. Every old timer has done it that way forever.
Me.....different story. You better move away cause I'm liable to wipe a burning torch on about anything....maybe you!!!!
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