Pencil Torch Instructions


A pencil torch is a diminutive specialized tool that emits a flame to heat nonflammable items, such as for soldering or for warming pipes for bends, among other uses. The small size of a pencil torch makes exact positioning of the flame possible in areas with cramped working space. Larger torches emit larger flames and provide less control; they're not intended for use in confined spots. Pencil torches operate on butane fuel, producing a clean-burning flame.

Things You'll Need

  • Butane
  • Kitchen matches
  • Safety eyewear
  • Hold the pencil torch in one hand with the bottom pointing up.

  • Hold a can of butane in the other hand. Make sure the cigarette lighter filler tip is affixed to the spray nozzle on the can.

  • Press the butane tip into the pressure fitting on the torch and press it inward.

  • Remove the butane can when a slight amount of butane escapes from the torch. This indicates that the torch is full of fuel.

  • Put on safety glasses or goggles.

  • Turn the “On/Off” gas control dial counterclockwise to the “On” position while holding the torch in one hand. You should hear gas escaping.

  • Light a kitchen match with the other hand and hold the flame near the tip of the torch. The flame of the match will light the butane.

  • Turn the gas control dial clockwise to make the flame smaller or counterclockwise to increase the flame size.

  • Direct the flame of the pencil torch on metal items to heat pipes, solder or braze.

  • Turn the “On/Off” dial clockwise to the “Off” position to extinguish the flame after use.

  • Set the pencil torch on a nonflammable surface with the tip overhanging a surface so the hot tip does not burn objects or people.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear protective eyewear when using any type of torch. Do not look directly at the flame without safety eyewear as it can cause damage to sight.
  • Do not use a pencil torch near any flammable items because they can combust and cause a fire or explosion.
  • Let the pencil torch cool completely before placing it in a toolbox or cabinet for storage.

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