Help lighting my propane torch for burnout

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by joeyprice, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. 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?


  2. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

    Can you snap a pic of the torch?
  3. 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?
  4. Yep, trigger pressed.  The trigger doesn't appear to do anything at all
  5. 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.
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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......
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2015
  7. OK, wrench it is.  I'll let you know how/if it works.

  8. 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.

  9. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

    Glad you are up and running!

    @DaveOmak  is a wealth of knowledge.
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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 ....

  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When burning out the tank, the torch may go out.... the flame is consuming all the O2 inside the UDS....
  12. 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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