# COMMUNITY

### how long would a standard Medieval torch burn?

If a person need to calculate time by how long a standar Medieval style torch burned how long would be a good guestimate

### Why do Americans hold their torches in an overhand way ? Answered

Is there a particular reason why Americans, (especially police officers, in films at least), hold their torches in an overhand position? It seems quite uncomfortable; I have never seen anyone in the UK hold a torch like that, we seem to align our thumbs along the top with the torch held out in front of us.. Anyway this observation is only based on films that I have watched so it might not actually be the case; but I can't help thinking about it when it happens during a film. Help me to let it go...

Asked by FriendOfHumanity 8 years ago

### how do blow torches work

Hi I need help see I have been on the internet for days looking for a diagram, or someone, that could tell me how a blow torch works. Like if there is pressurized air in it, as my friend tells me but he's not a very reliable source. So please if you know such information or have a diagram of it I would be very thankful.

Posted by gck24 10 years ago

### Propane expension

Does anyone know of an extension for a 1 lb propane tank that features a hose that ends in a pencil torch nozzle for more agile, fine work?

Posted by Plutosson 7 months ago

### Coming soon: Flashlight speed contest!

On Monday we'll be starting a flashlight speed contest! The only rule is that a flashlight must be involved.  More details to come!

Posted by Culturespy 7 years ago

### Im new to the LED Flashlight building. Im wondering if a Capastior would be of any use. Could anyone Help?

My circuit consists of 12 140,000 mcd Green LED's and 2 9v piggy backed to make 18v. my resistors are calculated to 180ohm. im wiring 3 strings of 4 LED's in series.

### What keeps diy water torches from "back firing" ? Answered

I wish to make one using electrolysis. Electricity breaks the water into hydrogen and oxygen, then the gas then goes through a bubbler and then to the torch. Can water torches backfire because of the oxygen in the HHO gas?

Asked by lol XD 6 years ago

### Refilling the scripto windresistant light (Torch)?

I've done the breakdown of the lighter and removed the tank but can't figure out how to refill it using my universal butane fuel can.  Can anyone advise?

Asked by Garryf2004 7 years ago

### Bacon Plasma-torch!

Wasn't sure where to put this one. It uses food but it's not exactly a food use. It's just awesome on so many levels. The creator, Theo Gray, is a writer for Popular Science. He calls this a "bacon lance".  http://www.popsci.com/bacon   Check out the awesome video via Boing Boing

Posted by Culturespy 7 years ago

### Could a small, butane pencil torch(2000F)cut through a steel pipe between 1/8-1/4in thick?If not, got any suggestions?

I need to know this to make my first Instructable, so any help with how to cut this would be appreciated.

### how to hard wire a solar led light ficture?

Hello Sakura is my name from Japan forgive my speling, Does any body know how to hard wire a led solar tiki torch I purchase one at home depot and noticed they have a display model hard wired but no one know how to doit i need for my cultural project in shool "onegai shimas" Meaning help please ?

Asked by kokoro chan 7 years ago

On a tee joint you showed the torch tip touching the work piece,does this cause any problems

Asked by Jim chandler 1 year ago

### CFL torch?

Is the size and operating voltage of a CFL the only resaon that they aren't used in hand held flashlights?

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago

### Plasma Torch

Hello everyone, I am trying to build a plasma torch. What is a plasma torch you might ask? A plasma torch is used in a process call plasma arc gasification. I want to build a small scale working prototype for proof of concept. If anyone could help, it would be great. I can collect different MOTs or NSTs if necessary, just fill me in. Thanks for any input or direction.

Posted by axel4401 7 years ago

### pencil torch attachment

A while ago i got this pencil torch http://www.justtools.com.au/images/st250k.jpg eventually i found out how to use the hot blower/soldering attachment (just below the sponge in the pic) but i would like to know how it works/if it would melt or something if i gas it too much, cant seem to find any info on it it started out gold but after using it just a bit it turned grey

Asked by The 4th Doctor 8 years ago

### Can anyone make an instructable on building a gas welding gas kit?

Oxy acetylene kit with torch and gauges? Is it even possible?

Posted by eric m 8 years ago

### MXDL 3 watt joule thief? Answered

Can anybody make sense of the joule thief inside a MXDL 3 watt luxeon torch? I can post a rough picture of it if needed.

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago

### Propane torch

I've considered several times buying a propane torch to burn weeds in my driveway, or melt ice. The one I'd like to have looks like a cane with a threaded connector on the handle end to attach a propane bottle. They all seem overpriced to me and I've always wondered if I could make one cheaper than I could buy one. I can find the tubing I need but I've never been able to find the rest of the parts.  Any suggestions or would someone like to post an instructable showing how to make one?

Posted by jpoling 2 years ago

### Custom Minecraft Wall Torch

Hello all. This is my first time here so, I hope I can find the info I need. I've never used a soldering iron before and know little about wiring, but I'm eager to learn. I'm looking to customize an electronic Mainecraft wall torch that I have, with a flickering light. However, I wanted to come here first to see if anyone has opened one of these up before. I was planing on using a flickering light from one of those electric candles. I'm not sure if it's as simple as switching out the LED or if I have to rip more parts from the candle. I appreciate any help you can give. Thanks

Posted by OX_Bigly 4 years ago

### how to replace 3v bulb of torch with LED?

How to replace 3v bulb of torch with LED?

Asked by ajaysaini 8 years ago

### I need to add a time to flashlight or lantern so that it will switch itself off after maybe 20 seconds, what is the simplest way to do this please?

I'd imagined it activating with a momentary switch, then maybe a dial /potentiometer to adjust the time, which would definatiely be less than a minute. I don't have any way to make up a pcb so please bear that in mind, thankyou

Asked by oragamiunicorn 2 months ago

### Torch fired Enamel

How do I look up Torch fired Enameling or Tools needed? Thank You Jerry

Posted by gmsmg 4 years ago

### Cutting with an Oxy/Mapp torch?

Does anyone here know how to cut metal with an Oxy/Mapp torch? If so, how? Thanks in advance

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 10 years ago

### Lifespan of the torch? Answered

How long does the torch rund before it runs out, and how do i calculate that?Thanks fr this superduper mega awesome lesson, love it so far!

Asked by Flitzboge 1 year ago

### LED vs Incandescent?

Is it just me, or do incandescent torches generally have more throw than LED ones with the same power?             P.S : I recently found a 3V, 0.3A xenon torch globe. Would you say that it would be brighter than a 2.4V 0.7A torch globe if they are both run off 2 AA batteries?

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago

Why don't they make LEDs without the reflectors? I find that LEDs don't throw their light very far (it spreads out quickly) and even if you were to put them in a torch, the majority of the light would go out of the torch and spread then, making the reflector quite useless.

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago

### Melting aluminium help!?

So I tryed melting some cans with a propane torch and they didn't exactly melt, been told they aren't the best for melting. I think I have some think aluminium wire lying around so I will try melting that , Anything else/ideas. I don't really know what i'm doing with aluminium. I have inkots trays steel ladels ect from my dad. We have done lead plenty of times but never aluminium.

Asked by tom10122 5 years ago

### How do you make a laser pointer? Answered

I would like to be able to make a laser pointer and I don't mind how to make it but it has to be out of stuff that is easily available at home. Please help me!!! :2(

Asked by henster22 7 years ago

### DIY water cooler for a tig welding torch

I purchased a tig welder and it came with a water cooled torch,but Idon't have the water cooler to cool it.Can I DIY a simple one?

Asked by knowhow69 1 year ago

### Need help making a red phlatlight torch

Hey people! I need some help making a powerful red phlatlight torch like the one in the video below. I know next to nothing about whatever is required to make one of these so explain everything simply for someone that has absolutely no experience to understand. Here be the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6xMCsydod8 Thanks!

Posted by nyl0n 3 years ago

### Incandescent to LED torch mod? Answered

All the LEDs I have seem to have not so good throw. (Even my 3 watt luxeon is outmatched in throw by a 1.2-ish watt incandescent  torch), so I was wondering how I coud increase an LED's throw. I noticed that the light from the globe was not very bright, but seeing as how it throws light in all different directions, it probably gave off just as much, if not more, light; probably why the reflector was there. So I figured that if I got a bunch of LEDs, then put them into a torch, pointing them to the side at the reflector, the throw of the light would be greater than if I just pointed the LEDs forward, right?

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago

### How do you morph a glass bottle? Answered

How do you morph bottles like in the pictures? I tried with my torch,  and absolutely failed, it cracked, and didn't soften. Am I an idiot, or does this take special equipment?

Asked by noahh 8 years ago

### Pinhole Slide Projector

Hi! I have no idea whether this is the right place to post this topic, but it does say 'burning questions' and that's what this is, so here goes. :-) I've had this idea for a kind of pinhole lense slide projector. The (very basic) diagram is pretty self explanatory, and I was wondering if anyone's tried/heard of anything like this, and whether it could work? Do you think a 100 LED torch would be bright enough? Also, if I'm right in thinking that LEDs don't get hot, there shouldn't be a risk of overheating/fire should there? Thanks! Looking forward to hearing what you think! :-)

Posted by MissPennyFarthing 8 years ago

### Where to get stainless steel sheets for oxyHydrogen generator? Answered

I am looking for thin stainless steel sheets to use as the electrodes for an oxyHydrogen producing "dry cell" set up to power a welding / cutting torch. It should be in sheets that can be evenly devided into 6 inch squares.  I am not sure what alloy it has to be so if you know about stainless steel alloys I would love advice. The electrolyte will be NaOH, and it will probably run at 120V AC at as many amps as it will draw but I might put in one of those light dimmer knobs to control it a little.

Asked by Jaycub 7 years ago

### Self-Solar Powered LED Flashlight? Answered

I know it would not be 100% efficient, or even close for that matter. But I was wondering how much battery life could be "recycled" by directly projecting the light from the flashlight onto the solar panel(s)? Say at a 45 degree angle beneath the light. Obviously this wouldn't be a high output LED, and another question at that.. Would a Red LED be more efficient or would the PV cell not do so well with Red LED? Thought this would be a neat idea even if it would only recycle 5-10% battery life. I would love for someone to implement this idea into a project and see how efficient it is.

Asked by xSoFx 7 years ago

### i need more amps for my hho generator.......HELPPPPPPP

I've built a hho generator (the spiral electrodes kind) and am trying to use it as a welder i use salt as my electrolyte (should i use something else???) THE PROBLEM IS THAT WHILE I DO GET A CONSTANT FLAME, I DON'T GET A BIG ENOUGH FLAME (it melts metal but it takes ages to do so) does anyone know of a way how i could get more amps to speed up gas production or of any way i could get more preasure (+maybe my gas isn't pure enough because i use salt as an electrolyte, could that be it?)

Posted by CrtSuznik 7 years ago

### Lawn Torch with Big Flame That Lasts Awhile

I want to make a big torch that lasts a long time and is inexpensive. Does anybody have any ideas? I was thinking that I could use a coffee can for a container for the fuel and a big piece of cotton for the wick. I saw a pretty neat torch on this website but I don't think that it would last for hours.

Posted by sundet 11 years ago

### Ever hear of a cutting torch?

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### i was melting some salt and some of it turned flurescent red? Answered

I was melting some salt using a pencil butane torch to test how hotsalt needs to be to melt in practical, and i noticed something odd as i was melting it, and that thing was that there were some flurenscent red dots appearing on the molten salt, what were these? was it metal sodium? or sodium oxide?

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago

### Why have neutral plates in an hydroxy generator? Answered

Hi all, I've been wanting to build a simple hydroxy generator for using it as a torch.  I've seen about 500 gazillion tutorials and alot of them talk abour having 3-5 neutral plates between each positive and negative plate. What is the point of this?  Isn't it better to have all plates connected as electrodes? Also, what's the difference between having 5 neutral plates between positive and negative plate, and just having the positive and negative plates installed farther apart (same distance as if you had the neutrals between them)? Thanks!

Asked by Morgantao 4 years ago

### brazing beginner

I'm making a CNC machine and I need to make a frame and I decided to use aluminum since it's surprisingly the cheapest. I need to braze the joints to gather and I'm new to brazing. Is all I need: Propane bottle Nozzle someway to ignite it brass solder If anyone here is an experience brazer than please give me some tips

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

### Propane or Natural gas Tiki torches

I am interested in making some gas Tiki torches for my back yard like the ones you see in Hawaii. I have looked around and can not find any information on how to build a torch like that. I would buy some, but was rather turned off by the \$150.00 each price tag. I would appreciate any info if someone would like to share.

Posted by happy hippo 11 years ago

### how does a blow torch work

i was thinking of making a mini blow torch. but i have no idea how it works or hot to make on. my bro has this mini torch that give out a blue flame. it just uses a simple refeulable cartridge. it uses butane. i have a barbecue lighter i dissected and i want to make one. but does anyone know how it works or how to make one?

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago

### how do you make torch fuel?

HiI'm planning a medieval halloween party and would like to put up torches along the pathway. I was hoping to buy off some fire gel for lighting the torches, but its turning out to be too expensive. Please let me know if there is a low-cost homemade alternative to this? What i need is fuel for fire that keeps it burning for at least 4 hours, even in windy conditions.Thank you and best regards,Fatty

### Cactus spine clusters pulled out

Hello. I just bought a Torch Cactus from Lowes today and tried to pull the ugly fake flowers off, but when I pulled the hot glue a whole spine cluster came off of it. I'm just wondering if the cactus will heal from this and how damaging this can be to the cactus overall. Can anyone help me?

Posted by MisterHankie 7 years ago

I am working on my own "hydrogen batteries" to create a lot of hydrogen when I need it as a replacement for those propane/butane canisters when camping or fishing. Got some simple prototypes working for the gas creation but do struggle a bit with converting some orifices (is that eve a word?) and a torch to work with hydrogen. Not to mention the pressure regulation LOL Biggest problem so far seems to be the flame temperature. The gas is produce at up to 50°C and my current burners all start to glow red hot after just a short amount of time. Where they struggle to braze copper with propane the hydrogen is almost overkill ROFL Must be really close to these yellow acetylen bottles the plumber use. So big questions: Do I really need a different orifice hole and if so bigger or smaller than used for propane/butane? Do I really need a acetylene rated torch or can I just ignore the orange red color of mine when using hydrogen? I don't think it will melt but after a while the heat travels down into the handpiece too...

Asked by Downunder35m 1 year ago

### LED torch lens?

I have this LED torch, a luxeon 'MXDL' (next to a AA battery in the photo). It's a 3 watt LED torch (supposedly) running on a AAA battery connected to a joule thief of some sort (it has some sort of transistor, a capacitor, and an inductor), but it isn't that bright,( being about the same as a 3 5mm LED torch which has these lenses), but I still like it because of its compact size and light output. Anyhow, its throw is kinda poor, and I was wondering whether I could put a cheap lens onto it (from out of, say a camera's lens) to increase throw. Would it work? How would I go about it? P.S: I found these AAA li-ion batteries online, but I didn't even know that those batteries existed. If I put one of them into my torch, they'd probably increase brightness a lot, but because they are only rated at 300mah, I really doubt if it would be worth buying them. What do you think?

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago

### Can I swap acetylene for propane to mix with the oxygen? Answered

I want to do thinner smaller projects with an oxygen/propane torch. Does it work the same as the acetylene/oxygen torch or do I need to modify?

Asked by kennaj 1 year ago

### how could i do this?

I recently bought a mini butane torch. it has a refeulable cartridge, which is just a lighter with out the flint. it makes a mini blue torch flame. is there anyway i could make on with a regular lighter?

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago

### Squeeze Torch USB Phone Charger

I purchased a couple of the torches known as Squeeze Torches with the idea of adding a two-way slider switch and a single USB port (I think having to sacrifice one of my USB extension cables for the part?), so either the USB or torch will use the power at any one time. I have a pretty good idea of how things are to be set (although little knowledge on wiring - yet soldering wires is a different matter), but I'm just wondering if anyone before me has performed this build and if so can someone link it so I can have a few helpers. Or if possible, someone make an instructable, because this would be awesome for charging a whole range of devices from iPod's, iPhone's and many phones/devices which include a USB Charging/Data cable. = ) As can be seen from the closeup shots of mine, there is a small but reasonable space to work with.

Posted by VampDude 7 years ago