The 10 Best Torches For Plumbers
This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in April of 2020. Traditionally fueled by propane, blowtorches are an essential part of a plumber's toolbox. Their primary function is for the joining of copper pipes and fittings. Modern designs, however, use MAPP gas, which has a higher-temperature flame and increases the range of applications to include brazing and large-diameter soldering. Most options include a regulator and electronic ignition. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
May 12, 2020:
Modern blowtorches are highly-efficient pieces of equipment that are suitable for soldering and welding, as well as a variety of DIY tasks around the home. When used with MAPP gas, which is a mixture of methylacetylene and propadiene, a higher intensity flame is produced, meaning jobs can be completed more efficiently, and the spectrum is broadened to include brazing and large diameter welding. It goes without saying that tools of this nature have their dangers, therefore suitable safety equipment should be worn and a fire extinguisher should be kept close to hand.
Those who are looking for a general-purpose torch for use around the home, or completing light DIY tasks probably don't need an incredibly high-temperature flame, therefore the Nikou Blow torch or the EW Welding Torch would be sufficient. The Blue Flame 9XTL is a versatile model that comes with three interchangeable tips, one of which is designed for sous vide cooking or searing meat. On the other hand, the options with the hottest flame are the Mr. Torch Bluefire Triple Flame, the Bernzomatic TS8000, and the Master Appliance PT-2000Si, which all function with MAPP gas and would suit a professional plumber or an Industrial welder.
If you need something that is good for confined spaces, or awkward to reach areas, then the Virax VX520501, the ESAB TurboTorch, and the Appli Parts Hand Torch are designed to be used with an extension hose. The Ivation Heavy-Duty has a flexible neck and a narrow nozzle, and can also be used with a hose for a greater level of maneuverability.