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Over Posts! Is there any way to date these blow torches? I have already found Zangobob's web page about cleaning up and restoring old blow torches but I didn't find a whole lot about the complete disassembly. I don't have any pictures as I typed but maybe in a day or two I will have some to show off.
Keep in mind this is my first blow torch I have read on this site and several others about a wick exactly where does that go and why. I would assume that it set up similar to a lantern, if it uses a wick is the fuel drawn up threw that into the burner head?
Chucker Super Moderators 16, posts. Yes, on your last assumption - like Euro milspec stoves and others, the wick draws the fuel up to the head. I am the same way with dating blow torch's. Given a row of blow torch's I'm pretty good at getting oldest to newest but as for years, nope.
We have a couple of Torch aficionado's here that might have a better answer. Chuck " Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. There is a tube that goes from the burner down into the tank, like a kero lantern fuel tube but bigger.
The wick is stuck inside of that. It is not a single piece like a kerosene lamp but rather a bunch of strings like a string mop. That is what you use for replacement wick, if yours needs replacing. Polyester or some other synthetic in the mop won't work. I haven't had to re-wick any of my torches but the stoves that use a wick have a piece of wire holding the end that goes into the tube. If you pull the wick out it will be obvious. Thanks a lot for the information guys. Those heat shrouds and the knobs lasted at least until from my research.
Trout The Lantern Whisperer 1, posts. These photos are of one of my Turner torches but they are all extremely similar. The second photo shows the pickup tube with the new wick cotton mop hanks installed in one end and also the strainer partially inserted in the other. On this particular one I used stainless steel mesh for the strainer as I had not found proper brass mesh when I refurbished it. I've found a couple that didn't have a strainer in them when I tore them down.
Hope this helps. SteveRetherford Dr. SteveKeeper of the Light!!! In your first picture the hook on the left hand stove is correct, the right one is 90 degrees off. The hook is to hold a soldering iron in place for heating, not to hang up the torch.An essential feature of the invention is to so construct and arrange this clean-out member that it is readily availablefor use but is so constructed and arranged that it cannot :Tube jammed against the discharge orifice of the burner nor can it be withdrawn so as to permit the flame to backefire or the gas: to escape from the rear of the clean-out membei'.
The latter is controlled4 by a needle valve F and when this valveis openedthe fuel i passes up through thepassageway G tothe discharge orifice or outlet H. As shown inl detail in Fig. Owing to the proximity ofthe outlet orifice H to the combustion chamber E it is advantageous to locate the control valve F at a point remote from this discharge orifice but some means must be provided to keep the orifice H open in case carbon or other mattei' should be deposited in thel orifice.
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The latter is rocked about its pivot T by the larm T2. In this Way tliecleanout member can be quickly adjusted to" perform its cleanout functionaiid immediately return to its inoperative'p-osition. I llVhatI claim as my invention is:. May 19, In the drawings: l Fig. I llVhatI claim as my invention is: 1. Inv a burner for blo-vv torches or the like, the combination With fuel passage'ha-ving a lthe movement of the stem toward the nozstem housing comprising a pair of telezle for preventing injury to the same and sooped abutment members each having a limiting movement of the stem away from rearwardly extending portion embracing the 10 the nozzle to prevent accidental complete stem.
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Try our new Email Address! Feel free to send me an email. This web page focuses on the use, functional operation, repair, troubleshooting and failure mode analysis of gasoline blow torches. These are the quart and pint sizes as well as SOME of the gasoline and alcohol miniature torches, sometimes referred to as homeowner's torches. Throughout my web page, I will be doing my best to discourage you from actually lighting a blow torch. This is a very dangerous thing to do, even though I do it myself.
I will be sharing with you my experiences with lighting, using and repairing these blow torches. My writings herein are of my experiences and opinions only. It is not the primary intent of this web page to discuss the dates of manufacture or the appraisal of any blow torch. This web page is dedicated to the preservation of the technology of gasoline blow torches.Few collectors realize that in one form or another, blowtorches have been around for about two hundred years.
Actually, mouth or bellows activated blowpipes go back at least a couple of thousand years! Many collectors have accumulated torches that are at least a hundred years old and may not even realize it, so it is worthwhile to summarize the history.
Bertin placed a sealed container of liquid above the flame from a lamp, and used the pressure generated by expansion of vapor in the upper container to create a blast via a pipe with a fine jet pointed though the flame below. For much of the earliest history, we rely on patents from France, the USA and from other countries. In the years before and after the American Civil War, American inventors improved upon the French ideas. Oliver L. Although the inventor did not identify these earlier innovations, the principles of operation were clearly European in origin.
Lawson used a jet of steam to blow the flame and he regulated the flame by adjusting the flow of steam with a thumbscrew. He also added a safety valve. The first American inventions of hand- held self- contained blowtorches are described in the patents awarded in to W. Wakeman Jr. The devices they made are quite similar, using an external pipe from the upper reservoir to the flame jet. Shown below are the Lawson, Wakeman and Wanier patent illustrations.
His inventions from through demonstrate a progression of principles, which combine to make a single, hand- held, tool with all the features, including a mechanical pump, which we attribute to a self- contained blowtorch.
A close- to- vertical handle, often housing a pump, was another distinctive feature of American torches, as was the nearly horizontal burner. One noteworthy innovation was the Butler patent ofwhich introduced an external pipe connection from the base of the pump- in- handle to the top of the fuel tank. InJohn N. Otto Bernz founded his company in Newark, NJ to manufacture tools and supplies for plumbers. By the turn of the century, Bernz had added blowtorches and furnaces and built up a successful business selling both product lines under the Bernz name, and as a contract manufacturer for some of the large department and mail order stores.
The Turner Brass Works originally made harness and saddle fittings, as well as components for bicycles. Between andmore companies established themselves as blowtorch suppliers. Some of the bigger names were Ashton Mfg. The Hauck Mfg. The blowtorch business remained strong through the Second World War, but changes in technology were ahead.
The adoption of the use of liquid fuels was slowed by controversies regarding safety. Hull and Dangler One of the distinguishing features between models was the choice between a mechanical pump and a rubber squeeze bulb for air pressure. By the turn of the century, the major blowtorch suppliers also offered a line of firepots and furnaces, and one company, J.
Starting aroundmore than one hundred US patents were issued for self- heated soldering irons and branders, however, very few companies appear to have commercialized them.
Bernz was the only one of the three major blowtorch companies to offer a SHSI. Everhot Mfg. Everhot was to become, by far, the best known of the companies selling self- heated soldering irons and branders.
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Both need the CV overhaul. Odd little cv They have. I hope I don't kill one trying to fix it. Lamplighter44 Richard. Sorry, can't help with this one. The only ones I've worked on have only one valve. Did you try zangobob's site on blowtorches? Matthew "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Gasman64 Super Poster 16, posts. Read the entire site very carefully, lots of safety precautions. Steve ICCC Upper valve wheel cleans the tip and regulates flame. Lower valve controls fuel CV's in these use a cork pip.
Things can go sideways with these very quickly. Good luck. If it has a flame, I like it. While it is certainly nice to find what you collect, in reality you must collect what you find. JustOneMore wrote :. Albert "At least it's not a complete wretched pulsating ball of fail and suck. Never tried a kero conversion on a torch but it should work, and as you say aephilli it would be less likely to cause a painful flaming death but not impossible.
Wondering if it would be like lanterns, use a smaller orifice for kero? Some of these torches have a replaceable orifice and I have seen numbers on them. Will have to look into this as a kero burning torch would be a first here.
Way too rich and not much vapor generation even after about 30 min of flame throwing. It didn't help that the ambient temp was only 16f.As a formal education was not available in those early days of Michigan Statehood, Joshua spent his youth learning the trade of blacksmithing. Ina new factory was constructed on the corner of Beaubien St.
The torch and firepot business continued to prosper, developing strong distribution throughout the United States and Canada. In the spring ofNelson J. Clayton passed away, leaving the Lambert brothers to run the company. The Detroit plant location soon found itself in the very center of feverish activity in the automobile industry.
Inthe Company established a metal stamping division for the manufacture of fenders, hoods, radiator shells, gasoline tanks, and running boards. During the ensuing years, the Company concentrated on the War effort, making hundreds of thousands of powder time-fuses for the Allies, pressed steel truck cabs for U.
Army vehicles, and of course, large quantities of torches and firepots for all U. After the cessation of hostilities inso great was the demand for automotive metal stampings, that the Company built a large modern stamping plant known as its Knodell Division.
In the following decade, the Knodell Division, with its many possibilities and a growing automotive industry, attracted a large number of the brightest young mechanical engineers to its facility. Their knowledge, combined with the great improvements in the quality of deep drawing steel from the mills, allowed great advances in tooling and metal forming of such difficult shapes as one piece fenders, doors, hoods, instrument panels and the like.
Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. Continued research eventually led to a contract with the Navy Bureau of Ordnance, which gave the Company the opportunity to design a completely new and novel reversible cartridge case tank for storage of 5 inch, 38 caliber cases.
Admiral Stark, then Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, was more than pleased with the quality and workmanship of the new cartridge case tank and the redesign work done on other items, reflecting a savings to the Navy of approximately two dollars per unit. At the start of World War II, a shortage of brass made it necessary to make millimeter cartridge cases out of steel.
For a steel cartridge case to be successful, many problems had to be overcome and manufacturing processes had to be developed that would deliver safe, workable cases that would not stick, drag or backfire in a rapid fire gun. At that time, Mr. With his expertise added to our staff and with the brightest minds in the steel industry, the Company began tackling the project.
Presses, annealing ovens, heat treat ovens, tools, dies, gauges, head turning screw machines, conveyors, platers and hundreds of miscellaneous items had to be designed, purchased and installed in the two plants. High priority was allocated to the project and the production of the new cases started on schedule.
With this purchase came a water heater business that needed modernizing and retooling. In addition to its line of Lamneck furnace pipe, fittings and ducts, it also produced silos, grain bins and corn cribs fabricated of galvanized steel. Nearly twenty million dollars of machinery and equipment went into this facility which produced millions of various sized steel cases for Army and Navy requirements. This project continued until the end of the Korean War.
Construction of a new factory started immediately and was completed by the year end. During December, and January,all Middletown operations were relocated to the Buckner factory.
In March,the Louisville torch and firepot production and offices were also moved to Buckner.