FAQ: Why is my torch so hard to light?
It only takes a minute to sign up. I have a Bernzomatic propane torch, UL It stopped working in the middle of a job. I tried a new tank but have the same problem. It makes a hissing sound when I turn the knob and I can get a very small flame initially but when I turn it up the flame goes out but still hisses.
Any suggestions? Torches are simple devices. The propane is stored as a liquid under pressure in the tank. The valve on the torch provides an exit for the pressurized liquid propane. When the valve is opened, the atmospheric pressure on the outside of the valve is less than the pressure required to keep the propane as a liquid.
The propane begins to change state from a liquid to a gas, pulling heat from the environment as it does so. This endothermic phase change is why the propane tank will frost up and feel cold when used for an extended period of time. It is also why they often do not work in cold temperatures, as there is not enough ambient heat available for the phase change to take place. The pressure inside the tank forces the propane gas through the valve where it mixes with oxygen from the ambient air when it reaches the vent holes near the tip of the torch, and then exits the tip as a stoichiometric mixture ready to be ignited.
There could be a blockage in the valve. This could be caused by a piece of debris, or the valve could be frozen due to the endothermic reaction mentioned above. Clean or thaw the valve to fix. Let the tank slowly warm up to room temperature to fix.
The vent holes near the tip of the torch could be blocked, not allowing enough oxygen to mix with the propane. Ensure these holes are free and clear to fix. The ambient temperature may be too low for the endothermic phase change to take place. This means that the propane exiting the valve is too dense to mix properly with the oxygen at the vent holes, so it won't burn when it reaches the tip.
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Given the time of year and the problem you described, this is the most likely problem. You will need to warm the tank back to room temperature in order for it to work.
Do not place near open flame or excessive heat, as this could cause the tank to explode. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Bernzomatic propane torch won't light properly Ask Question. Asked 3 years, 4 months ago. Active 2 years, 5 months ago. Viewed 25k times. Active Oldest Votes. Connor Bredin Connor Bredin 2 2 silver badges 6 6 bronze badges. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.
Sign up using Facebook. Sign up using Email and Password. Post as a guest Name.Remember Me? Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 Last Jump to page: Results 1 to 13 of Thread: Sure-fire way to clear a clogged pilot orifice? Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Sure-fire way to clear a clogged pilot orifice? For clogged pilot orifices, is there some proven poker that will clear without making it too large? Or is this just really a bad idea? I was thinking maybe a toad sticker or dental pick. Does anybody routinely use something that routinely works?
I've heard from senior techs that poking only leads to OMG pilot sizes, but those were only two techs and here we have many! I searched this forum and didn't find anything. Thank you. I usually just use some stranded wire. Works really good. It gets inside the pilot itself good too. Then I blow out the rest of the loose stuff. I had a senior tech turn me on to welding tip cleaners. Not sure who made them but they work ok on the orifices that only have one hole.
I also use a single stand of copper wire. As far as the strand of wire, are you saying one strand of stranded 12 gauge or whatever, or would thermostat wire be too fat? And just so we are on the same page, you are using this to clear the existing hole if I could see it!
They sell a pilot orifice cleaner at cc Dickson, my local store keeps it near the orifice drill bit kits.
I don't remember what the brand name is but it works well. It's easy to break them though bc they are very small. I use a sewing needle. As long as you don't jam it in there like an idiot it won't enlarge the hole.
I had one Friday I just took the tube off at the gas valve and used compressed air from a can to blow it out. Worked great. I just carry a bunch of pilot orfice's in the event I can't clean one up. I should look into the kit if it makes life easier, I do have the super small drill bits for drilling orfice's I must be spelling that wrong but I'm sure the pilot sized are broke by now.Login or Sign Up.
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I have an older Bernzomatic propane torch, which no longer functions like it should. This is model TS, their top of the line. When you press the yellow trigger button, it lights up automatically, when you release it, the flame should go off.
Well, on mine the flame does not go off completely. The gas flow is reduced, but is not shut off. It is a little more than inconvenient. A few days ago I went to Lowe's and bought a new one of the same model. Now they come with a lifetime warranty. But I still want to fix an old one if I only can. I think there is a gas valve, connected to the trigger. When you push the trigger, it opens the valve and creates a spark, which ignites the gas. Maybe this valve does not close completely for some reason.
It could be an easy fix, but I do not know how to open the torch for inspection. I contacted the Bernzomatic customer service, but it is useless. Anybody knows about the screw above the yellow trigger button? Does it hold the trigger in place? Attached Files. Tags: None. I love mine. Looks diff than yours. Mine is about 30 years old.
How does the spring in the push to light button feel? Nice and tight or loose and floppy I would suspect the spring then the seals. My old yahoo group. Comment Post Cancel. Ed ke6bnl. I would check were the gas enters at the bottom. Ed Agua Dulce, So. Going many, many years back here.Contact Us. Product Registration. Product Support. Enter The BernZoneContest for your chance to win and have your work showcased for the entire community.
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That's not your problem. For simplicity I've copied the post made by Dean below to the top of the page because most readers agree that this is the definitive answer and the place to start.
Here's what Dean has to say If it senses a leak in your system it dramatically reduces the flow out of the tank. This often happens if you have a burner in the on position when you open the propane tank. First thing is to turn everything off meaning the tank and the burners.
Open the propane tank first. Then turn on the burner you want to light.
Utilize the starter. Then open the other burners. This seems to be the most common problem my friends have had with gas grills. They can get blocked if you've had a lot of fat dripping onto them.
Given that you have the problem with all four burners at the same time then this is probably the least likely answer. Check your regulator because it's the regulator that controls the flow of gas. Are you sure it's a propane regulator? Is it an old regulator? If you have any doubt or concern, get another regulator, they're not expensive. Check the faucet on the tank. This is purely mechanical so highly unlikely to be faulty but just check that you can turn it on an off. Note when turning a tank faucet on, turn it completely on the back off half a turn, that way you minimize the risk of the faucet getting frozen in the on position.
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Butane lighters made their mark on the world in the s when a company called Ronson began producing lighters that used butane as a fuel source rather than the more common naphtha which had a strong odor. Butane lighters allow individuals to control the size of the flame and, as opposed to flint lighters, will ignite even in a windy environment. Butane lighters, however, are not meant to be disposable and must be serviced periodically by cleaning and refilling. Adjust the flame dial of your butane lighter as far down as it will go.
This will prevent unintentional injury while cleaning and filling the lighter. Purge the lighter by inserting the wooden end of a matchstick into the butane valve and pressing down lightly.
The butane valve is the area on top of the lighter that releases the flame. You should hear a hissing sound indicating that any residual air and butane within the lighter is being released. Repeat the process until the lighter is completely empty. Use compressed air to clean the burner of the lighter. This is important as the compressed air should effectively remove the thick residue left behind by butane, smoke, and ash. If not cleaned, the burner can become clogged and the lighter will cease to function.
Press the tip of the can of butane fuel into the butane valve and fill the lighter. Both the can of butane and the lighter should be upside down. When the lighter is full, the butane will overflow. This is normal. It takes approximately ten seconds to refill the average butane lighter. Wipe the lighter down with a clean, dry cloth. Residual butane on the lighter's surface could be a safety hazard the next time the lighter is used.
Use the highest quality butane fuel available to you to refill your lighter. Higher quality butane sparks more reliably and produces less buildup in the burner. Spray lightly with the compressed air when cleaning the burner. Continual, deep sprays of compressed air can push grime deeper into the burner. You may opt to use a small screwdriver or other object to purge the excess butane from the lighter prior to filling.
If using a metal object, however, only push down lightly as metal objects can potentially damage the lighter. Never purge butane from a lighter around an open flame. Only use a butane lighter once every minute. The butane needs time to return to room temperature after sparking. Pin Share Tweet Share Email. Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Reset the flame dial to your preferred setting.