Construction workers, HVAC workers and even automotive mechanics all use propane torches, sometimes referred to as blow torches).
Even home gardeners and everyday consumers use propane torches to kill weeds or melt snow for example. There are numerous applications for a blow torch depending on your uses and we’ve included a list, based on user reviews, that you should consider.
Trigger Start Propane Torches
The Bernzomatic TS8000 – Best All Around Blow Torch
This is the best all around blow torch that can be used by service professionals and consumers alike as it has a hot burning torch and adjustable flame control that makes it suitable for plumbers, mechanics, cooks and even gardeners looking to kill weeds.
The Bernzomatic TS8000 is also the crowd favorite. It averages 4.5 stars on Amazon with over 1,300 reviews from consumers and service professionals alike because it is, quite frankly, the best propane torch available. Moreover, it costs less than $50.
The only downside is that while many reviewers lauded the Bernzomatic’s performance, intense flame and reliability, others noted that the igniter went out too quickly.
Bernzomatic Trigger Start Blow Torch Features
- Auto start and stop trigger ignition for enhanced fuel savings.
- Works at all angles (even upside down) due to its pressure regulation.
- A control knob to enable switching between tanks. Use a small or large tank depending on your fuel needs.
- Adjustable flame control
Mag-Torch (MT535C) Self-Lighting Regulated Torch
This is a self lighting torch with a strong and consistent flame that can be used at multiple angles, thanks to its pressure regulation and adjustable flame control. Start camp fires, sear food or kill weeds with its stainless steel burn tube.
As for negatives, The Mag-Torch Self-Lighting Regulated Torch has a knob that may be somewhat difficult for people to turn off the flame, as noted by many users, which poses a potentially safety hazard. Other users had no issues.
That said, there were some harsh complaints online about a defective product that had to replaced. There’s the standard warranty and generous return policy from Amazon so usually the second time around was the charm for those users however.
Worthington (WT2301) Propane Torch – Affordable Propane Torch
At around $15, This is an affordable and inexpensive propane torch. It has all the basic features one would expect: a trigger start ignition, angled burn tune and adjustable control valve.
It has numerous applications for consumers from killing weeds, lighting your grill, or even searing food, but it may not be a suitable option for service professionals.
There are mixed reviews with many users complaining about igniting issues. Either it stopped working after only a couple months of use, or it never worked to begin with.
You get what you pay for and if you’re one of the many users who received a well-functioning blow torch, consider yourself lucky because you got a great deal.
Greenwood Steel Nozzle Propane Torch
This is a propane torch with the ability to rapidly generate a really hot flame ( > 3,000 degrees F) when connected to a 20 pound tank. In other words, if you need serious power and control, then the Greenwood torch may be a good option for you.
It is probably too much power for those who simply need to light their grill, kill some weeds or sear food, but it may be ideal for a contractor.
With a stay cool ergonomic grip, flow valve and steel nozzle jet, i=the Greenwood is a reliable torch should last you several years.
Manual Start Propane Torches
BernzOmatic (UL2317) Brass Pencil Flame Propane Torch
The Bernzomatic Brass Pencil Flame Propane Torch actually has a small enough flame to be used for soldering. Soldering is a delicate process as too much heat over too wide of a surface area may damage the computer parts but the Bernzomatic has a small controlled flame that only produces a ½ inch wide flame.
Therefore, if you just need a small and precise flame for working on smaller materials, this may be a good option for you.
Some user, however, did note that it can’t be used reliably at several angles as it only works when operated vertically.
Propane Torch Buyer’s Guide
HOW TO USE A PROPANE TORCH
Lighting the Torch
First things first, if you don’t know what you’re doing, I suggest you watch the Youtube video below:
Safety first. Be sure there are no gas leaks or anything flammable (besides the gas tank of course) when lighting the blow torch. If you purchased a trigger start, simply push the button, otherwise use a flint to light the torch, after gently opening the valve and tiliting it away from your body.
Where to Buy a Propane Torch
The usual suspects offline such as Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Walmart of course. You will more likely have more variety online via Amazon and be eligible for 1 day shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member and live in certain regions.
WHAT IS A PROPANE TORCH USED FOR?
There are numerous applications for a propane torch depending on your needs. Here are a few common applications:
- Killing weeds
- Searing food
- Thawing food
- Cutting through locks or other metals
- Melting snow
- Disinfecting poultry cages
- Heating asphalt
- Removing paint
- Soldering (copper) pipes
As with all flammable materials, its important that you handle a blow torch with care and have a fire extinguisher nearby.
Be sure that the tank connections are properly sealed and immediately turn the flame off (or don’t light it to begin with) if you smell gas as you most likely have a leak. Never use the flame if you suspect a leak. To locate the leak, try pouring a little soap over the torch.
When finished with the torch, be sure to turn off/extinguish the flame and disconnect the burner and hose.
This almost goes without saying but DO NOT smoke while operating the torch and be sure to keep all other flammable materials out of the way.
Lastly, make sure your work area is properly ventilated.
Hopefully, you found a torch on this list that meets your needs. Happy torching!