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Help lighting my propane torch for burnout

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

This does not bode well for my smoking future, but I cannot get the propane torch I was going to use for burning out the drum to light!

Its a Lincoln electric torch and a standard outdoor grill propane tank.  I hook it up with everything closed, turn on the tank, turn the knob on the

torch 1/8 turn or so per the directions and nothing.  No smell of propane, no sound of propane.  Is there a trick to getting these things to fire up

that I am not aware of?

 

Thanks

 

Joey

post #2 of 13

Can you snap a pic of the torch?

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

 

post #4 of 13

Turned on tank-check

Turned on torch-check

 

I see there is a "trigger" on the torch, did you squeeze it so the gas could come through?

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Yep, trigger pressed.  The trigger doesn't appear to do anything at all

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Aside from the obvious conclusion of a bad torch, the only thing I can think of is the safety valve is kicking in.  The tank lights my grill just fine.
I'm not sure I can even get a tank without one of those valves on it any more.

post #7 of 13
The POL connector on the end of the hose, HAS to be screwed in very tight and deep, to depress the "idiot" safety valve in the tank valve... I had that problem last month... the torch wouldn't light no matter what I did.... I've used the torch for 20 years.... I did the "on-off" thing several times.... FINALLY I put a wrench on the POL connector and tightened it another 1/8 turn and finally I got propane to the torch....
Soooooo, I was the idiot this time......
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

OK, wrench it is.  I'll let you know how/if it works.

 

Thanks

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

OK, the wrench did the trick, thanks a bunch!  Its like a jet engine on a stick!

I'm not entirely sure they should sell these things to the general public.

 

Joey

post #10 of 13

Glad you are up and running!

@DaveOmak is a wealth of knowledge.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by joeyprice View Post

OK, the wrench did the trick, thanks a bunch!  Its like a jet engine on a stick!
I'm not entirely sure they should sell these things to the general public.

Joey

Cool.... Fortunately you described your problem perfectly and it was easy to understand the situation..... So many times folks only give out 1/2 the info ....

Dave
post #12 of 13
When burning out the tank, the torch may go out.... the flame is consuming all the O2 inside the UDS....
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

yeah...that is a pain in the rear.  Whatever was in this thing is pretty stubborn.  it mostly caught fire and turned to ash, but the ash is mostly sticking to the side of the drum.  I'm seriously considering buying a brand new drum and having the outside sandblasted and going from there.

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