[Healeys] Gas torch. No Healey....

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Tue Dec 1 08:09:54 MST 2020

True MAPP gas hasn't been available in the 'States for years; what they 
sell now is probably similar to 'AT3000.'  That stuff, as you mention, 
only gets somewhat hotter than a regular propane torch.

I have, at times, considered something like this (NFI): 


On 12/1/2020 6:52 AM, Simon Lachlan via Healeys wrote:
> I should like to buy some form of blow torch, something hot. I’m 
> looking for something hotter than my regular plumbing item and much 
> cheaper and more portable than the big set-ups…with which I’m barely 
> acquainted….MIG, TIG(?) and oxy-acetylene rigs with vast bottles on a 
> trolley.
> I’m after something with which to heat up stuck bolts, maybe do a bit 
> of light brazing or heavy soldering. Something portable…..pick it up, 
> click, use it, switch off & move on.
> I’ve seen one set-up which has two small bottles, one of oxygen the 
> other of “High power gas mixture AT 3000”. This latter bottle 
> apparently being a 65% butane & 25% propylene mix.
> As you may have gathered, I know nothing of these matters…
> As a sample of what I’m looking for, the first task will require a 
> rapid heat to solder or braze nuts onto broken off bolts. Rapid 
> because the bolts are in the underside of the (previous) seat for my 
> ride-on mower. These bolts are surrounded by the foam rubber of which 
> the seat is largely built. Were I able to extract them without 
> wrecking the seat, I could probably flog the seat on eBay for 
> +/-£75.00 which would largely recoup the cost of a torch?? (Parts and 
> labour on ride-ons are ridiculous over here. (UK). For example, I used 
> to take my wife’s Porsche 944S2 to a specialist Porsche garage. Not a 
> Main Dealer. His hourly rate was less than that of the local garden 
> machinery thieves). As ever, I digress.
> So, what should I be looking at? I see MAPP torches, but they don’t 
> appear to be much better than my plumbing torch….? Or are they?
> Thanks,
> Simon

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