When I took my class with Richard Salley last fall, he introduced me to a new kind of butane torch that has become my go-to torch for most of my soldering work.
This is the Sterno model culinary torch, which runs between $22 and $23 on Amazon. I’m kicking myself a little bit that I didn’t think of this myself – I certainly know enough serious cooks and have seen this in operation in more than one kitchen, but I never made the connection to using it in the studio. It screws directly onto a can of butane, which means no stopping for refills.
The flame is considerably more robust, which is a really good thing when working on larger pieces.
|My friend and partner Gail Stouffer (r) with one of her students in a recent class|
And even though the butane canister is much larger than the barrel of the largest butane torch I’d been using, it’s really quite comfortable to hold. Even better, one canister lasts a really long time – this torch has been through several classes with multiple students and I’m using it today without any loss of pressure. (Tip: remove the torch from the canister when storing to avoid any potential for slow leaks.)