Autotorch Brazing System
Automatic push-button, piezo-electric ignition.
The Autotorch brazing system gives extra performance on propane at 4 bar pressure. The special burners operate at higher pressures and can punch more heat into the workpiece and thereby achieve higher workpiece temperatures. See 'Flame Temperatures' below.
Takes burners 4103, and 4104. Particularly good for hard/silver soldering of copper pipes. The 4105 burner is no longer available.
Click here for glass version of a Brazing Burner so you can see the flame characteristics.
Pressure Equipment Regulations 2016 These torches conform to these regulations.
Sculpture Using Brazing Torch
The flexibility afforded by copper is shown in these two recent pieces: a Tawny Owl (60cm) and a Weaver Ant (30cm).
Courtesy of Sue White-Oakes 2009
Photos copyright Jim Pratt
Technical Information - Autotorch Brazing Sys
Gas supply for Autotorch brazing system
The torch must be used with propane only at 4 bar pressure. We recommend the brazing regulator No.4041 which is already fitted to the kit.
Any standard propane cylinder.
4.8mm high pressure hose to BS.3212/2 (no.1299) only must be used, with suitable hose clips
These are NOT required for Bullfinch propane-air torches.
To check the spark
Turn off the gas using the valve with the screw down knob and disconnect the burner. Find a piece of metal to bridge the gap between the burner connection on the handle and the spark point on the hande. Rest the metal on the connection and a few millimetre from the spark point and and push the red button a few times to see if there is a spark. See video by clicking here: Check spark
Technical Data - Autotorch Brazing
Technical Data for Autotorch Brazing System
The 4105 burner is noi longer available.
Technical information: flames
Although the flame temperature of an LPG (propane or butane) air burner at the hottest point is approximately 1900oC, the actual temperature a heated component can attain is much lower than this and depends on the burner, and the thermal properties of the component and its surroundings.
Acetylene-air and MAP//Pro gas-air will give flame temperatures 200-300oC above this and component temperatures 200-300oC higher too.
The Autotorch brazing burners can give temperatures up to 950oC under general conditions and up to 1200oC in ideal conditions only. They can therefore bronze braze under most conditions as well as being able to make faster soft and silver soldered joints. They are particularly good for hard/silver soldering of copper pipes.
The Autotorch 2300 series burners, the Autotorch System 2 burners and the Standard torch burners can give temperatures up to 800oC under general conditions. They are, therefore, ideal for soft and silver soldering and lead welding, but cannot be used for bronze brazing.
The Autotorch acetylene burners can give temperatures up to 1100oC undergeneral conditions and 1350oC under ideal conditions and can be used to do bronze brazing as well as the other general uses of torches discussed above.
MAP//Pro gas used on the FirePower, AutoPerformer and Performer torches will generally achieve temperatures between the Autotorch brazing burners and the Autotorch acetylene burners.
Use of Torches
General uses of torches
Some of the uses of a Bullfinch torch are:
- Soft and silver soldering
- Central heating installation - capillary joints
- General plumbing work
- Factory maintenance work
- Public utility work
- Telecom work
- Electrical work
- Gas installation
- Tube bending
- Paint stripping
- Jewellery work
- DIY work
- Electrical work with soldering attachment
- Plastic tile laying
- Heat shrinking of sleeves and plastics - e.g. cable jointing for Telecom and electrical installations
- General household jobs
- Removal of fungal growth from beehives
- Other agricultural uses such as removal of feathers from bird carcasses
- Pottery kilns - see below
- Blacksmiths forges
- Bitumastic work
- Roof laying
- Torch-on roofing
- Weed burning
- Large pipe work - e.g. weld pre-heating
- Steam fittings installation
- Model engineering
- Heating and ventilating
- Agricultural machinery maintenance
- General engineering repair
- Appliance repair
- Lighting barbecues
- Lighting braziers, coal and coke fires
- Technoweld aluminium brazing
And for larger burners in Standard blowtorch range:
Uses of Autotorch brazing system
In addition to the uses shown which these brazing burners will usually do faster, the brazing system is ideal for silver soldering of copper pipes and as a portable bronze brazing system for the following areas of work:
The Autotorch acetylene system
Has improved performance over the Autotorch brazing system and is particularly good for Bronze brazing and Technoweld work.
Bullfinch standard burners can be used for providing the burners for kilns. Most kilns have different requirements and so it is hard to give specific advice. We do have an informal information sheet on how our burners may be set up for a kiln - see downloads section. It is important to remember that the burners do require space round them to allow air to be drawn in for combustion at the front and the back of the burners.