Casting Torches and
Furnace Torches are important in the casting process. Gas Torches, Smith
Torches, and Soldering Torches are just a few torches.
Casting provides the hobbyist with a great way to create personalized parts and
pieces that may otherwise be unattainable or far too expensive. Casting is an
ancient art that is still is use to this day by major industries to artists to
those with backyard foundries. This skill is a valuable one that promises to
provide the hobbyist with a rewarding past time. Most hobbyists begin their
casting careers with a modest sized furnace to fit their most basic needs.
Within a few months, the hobbyist might find that the furnace has grown and
that they are casting at every chance that comes along. Don't worry, this is completely
To say that metal casting is addictive is an understatement. Metal casting
provides a way for an idea to materialize through molten metal. This is perhaps
one of the greatest parts of the entire metal casting process like seeing what
was once just sketches solidify from liquid iron, or whatever metal is used.
All the metal caster needs is an idea and red hot liquid metal.
The furnace is the pride and joy for the metal caster. Most will construct
their own furnace tweaking the design here and there to better suit their
needs. Many home foundries are based on home made furnaces and if constructed
correctly can prove to be highly effective. The crucial part of the
furnace is the furnace torch. The torch brings the heat, incredibly high heat,
and without it that chunk of metal would just sit in the crucible and never see
life as something new and exciting. Except as a paper weight; a very ugly paper
When searching for an appropriate casting torch the hobbyist will need to take
several things into consideration. The size of the furnace, and what metals you
plan to use are chief among the considerations. Many casters will use a torch
that uses propane gas as it provides enough pressure and heat to melt most
metals. If the hobbyist plans to use natural gas like the kind that is provide
in households they may find that the pressure is just not enough and the
desired temperatures will not be reached. The same is true for Butane. While
natural gas and Butane can be used, propane seems to yield the best results.
Oxyacetylene torches are a favorite with many casters especially for casting
Price is yet another consideration. While it may be possible to rig a casting
furnace it is not always advisable. Torches can range in price from $40 to
several hundreds of dollars depending upon the size, the use, and accessories.
Many jewelers are able to use small independent casting torches but when
dealing with metal casting in furnaces you will need to use a torch that can be
mounted and used in such a fashion. Many think that just because you need a
furnace torch you are going to need a large furnace. This is simply not
true. A small furnace and furnace torch can produce enough heat to melt
aluminum, iron, and a number of other metals. One of the furnaces functions is
to help the flame reach optimum temperature and in the case of Reverberatory
Furnaces, a furnace torch is an absolute requirement.
Casting torches can be found in some hobby shops and in hardware stores.
Several online shops also sell torches for the hobby metal caster. When buying
a torch hobbyist should shop around in order to find the best deal. Always use
caution when dealing with a furnace torch.