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Are you buying the cheap bernzomatic ones? Because the good one (the TS8000) is all aluminum and seems super sturdy. I've had mine for three years without any issue. It also has 500 positive reviews on Amazon.
I am looking to getting a Searzall set-up for maximum sous vide cooking portability and found this nice deal.
The TS8000 torch alone on Amazon as of this post is $57.31
Bernzomatic TS8000 - High Intensity Trigger Start Torch , Black [link]
Obviously find your preferred vendor near you, but this and your gas of choice to start out with. $60 ish to start, as need becomes me significant upgrade.
Sure thing but, I should mention that I just randomly picked a MAP gas torch to link; I can't personally vouch for that one. I've used a variety and even the most basic one I could find worked fine. I'm sure that any you picked up at a local hardware store would get the job done. If you want a "nice" torch head, I'd recommend this one: [link] that's the one I ended up buying when I "upgraded." ;)
That bad boy right there. Will last you years.
TS8000 is the best one, much better than the slightly cheaper ts4000, which is better than most others.
The TS8000 has a "quiet mode", I can watch tv with it no problem. Ive had mine for 2 years and its still going strong no problems and I've dropped it on the nozzle a few times.
You sound like a candidate for a trigger torch. Initial expense is recouped through lower fuel use.
Some torches have the trigger start but still manual valve control. The ones I like the trigger is also the valve. I have this one and it'll blast kanthal apart, probably better to get the "lesser" version:
As long as you don't physically abuse it it should last your lifetime. Mine is 15 years old and got knocked around a jobsite for 12.
TS8000 is the only answer.
Adapter to attach 2 torches to a standard propane tank
No. If you get a cheap one, you'll waste money.
This is the only one I use.
Stay away from these type
I use a torch all the time as a pastry chef. I've seen the bottom type almost explode because the torch part comes off easily. When it does, it lets butane escape and sometimes it'll catch fire.
Reasonably priced on Amazon Prime for $39.97 with free 2 day shipping.
Best thing ever, totally worth the price, in a league of its own
There's a fairly good lump charcoal database (with reviews). A bit dated but still useable.
I use briquettes in my kettle and lumps in the WSM. Lump charcoal has a way of falling in pieces in the kettle bottoms and lift the stems of the air dampener making them non functional.
Personally I use Maple Leaf lumps and briquettes.
And I use a propane torch (Bernz-o-matic) (this one) to start the fire, 30 seconds on one spot 30 seconds on another spot and 15 minutes later I'm cooking.
I've had this one for about 20 years so far: https://www.amazon.com/Bernzomatic-TS8000-Intensity-Trigger-Start/dp/B0019CQL60/
Mine came with orifices for mapp and propane.
This is the one I used when I got started. Bought it 5 years ago and works great to this day, granted I've upgraded my forge since but great for a coffee can forge.
My Car Camping Lighter
Blow Torch. The Bernzomatic TS8000, https://www.amazon.com/Bernzomatic-TS8000-Intensity-Trigger-Start/dp/B0019CQL60.
Less smoke than a Cast Iron and more controlled sear. Otherwise however long you think is enough for a cast iron to heat up, make sure to add 5-10 minutes before you start searing (unless you do the thermometer trick as mentioned below)
My step 2: heat the rotor around the screw and touch a paraffin wax cube to the top side of the screw head. Try the impact driver again.
liquid-propane torch: [link]
I'd get something like this:
Although this seems a bit overpriced, might be better getting this at a hardware store. You do want a self igniting one.
For $15 dollars more you could get the BernzoTS8000. I use it with a Coleman 1 lb Propane Tank, the tanks are like a dollar.
If you’re talking about one of these then yes it’ll work, although it will still take longer than you’d think, and it tends to skip caramelization and goes straight to char at full blast, I love my ts8000, but I’d still go with a red hot cast iron for searing.
If you’re talking about one of these on the other hand, you may be onto something...
I got this torch ([link]), a searzall ([link]), and the green cans of gas ([link]). Works great for all sorts of searing. But the cheese crusts it can make are awesome.
The one that's always highly recommended by everyone is the Bernzomatic TS8000. It's $65 on Amazon, so I'm not sure if that's affordable to you... you should also be able to pick it up at a Home Depot. It's worth the investment.
Then you'd just buy a canister of propane (the dark blue bottle, don't go for MAP or whatever else there is). The folks behind the Searzall (which you attach to the TS8000) recommend the fat stubby cylinders (ones you'd use for camping) so you don't have to worry about your torch falling over, but I don't even use my Searzall at all, and have been using a standard propane cylinder since it's what I first bought at Home Depot.
Ribeye. First I blowtorch it (with MAP propane). Then I put it in the steam oven at 130F for an hour or two. Then I blowtorch it a bit more, for good measure, and melt a little butter on it.
Wow! How long did it take to get that sear with a little torch like that? I have trouble getting that nice of a sear with this torch: [link]
The flame spreader is pretty weak, I love this
Is your question about what kind of gas to use, or the style of torch? From what I've seen, the important factor is where the air intake holes are located, because you'll be sticking the end into your forge, you want to have the air intake farther down the nozzle so that you're still getting fresh air.
For example: the Bernzomatic TS8000 has the air intake at the base of the torch, whereas basic torch nozzles often have the air intake closer to the tip
Yeah it attaches to a hobby torch like this one:
But keep in mind you have to buy a camping propane tank that is safe to tip upside down while fuel is flowing. These skinny 14 ounce ones are not safe and are not rated for use with the searzall since you basically have to turn the torch upside down to use it. You have to get a 16.4 ounce camping propane tank like this or like this.
So just buy the right torch and tank and you can always get the searzall later.
Trust me when I say that once you buy the torch you'll want to buy the searzall. :) It saves you from getting that torch-taste on your perfectly cooked sous vide meat.
Don't forget you need a strong torch to use this properly.
Use a torch.