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Oxy-Acetylene Torch compatibility with Bernzomatic Oxy-Max Power Propylene cylinders
I'm a hobbyist framebuilder whose only experience has been silver brazing lugged frames using oxy-acetylene. I have a Bernzomatic OX2550KC kit
, which includes a torch and cylinders of oxygen and "Max Power Propylene" gas (my understanding is that they stopped producing MAPP gas). According to the Bernzomatic website, the Max Power Propylene maximum flame temperature in oxygen is 5,193º F, which should be sufficient for silver brazing.
I'd like to use Oxy-Max Power Propylene rather than Oxy-Acetylene since I'm pursuing this as a hobby and am concerned about the safety of having large O-A cylinders in my garage workshop.
The torch that comes with the Bernzomatic kit is pretty basic, and I'd like to know if I could use a Smith AW1A torch or similar O-A torch with the oxygen and Max Power Propylene cylinders that came with the kit. It seems like I'd have much better flame control.
I e-mailed Bernzomatic with this question and got a one sentence reply, "We do not recommend altering any of our products." I suppose that reply was to be expected.
Has anyone used a decent O-A torch with the Bernzomatic gas cylinders?