There are times when a simple propane burner would be a handy thing to have. You can use it to melt ice and snow, kill weeds or soften asphalt. If you are a home brewer, you can even use it to boil the wort and make beer. Using just two pieces of pipe and a few things easily scrounged from a gas grill, you can make a simple propane burner out of pipe.
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Things you need
- 2-inch by 3/4-inch by 1/8-inch thick flat steel strip
- 7/16-inch drill bit
- 2-inch by 6-inch pipe nipple
- 1/8-inch by 8-inch pipe nipple
- 1/8-inch pipe cap
- .050-inch drill bit
- Electric drill
- Propane tank
- Propane regulator
- Propane hose
Drill a 7/16-inch-diameter hole in the centre of a 2-inch by 3/4-inch by 1/8-inch thick flat steel strip.
Drill a .050-inch diameter hole in the centre of a 1/8-inch pipe cap.
Screw the pipe cap on the 1/8-inch by 8-inch pipe nipple. Put the pipe nipple through the hole in the steel strip until the cap bottoms on the strip. Weld the cap to the strip.
Center the steel strip on one end of the 2-inch by 6-inch pipe with the pipe cap side in the 2-inch pipe nipple. When you've got it aligned properly (the .050-inch hole will be in the centre of the 2-inch pipe nipple and aimed straight in to the nipple), weld the strip to the 2-inch pipe nipple.
Connect the propane hose to the threads on the end of the 1/8-inch by 8-inch pipe nipple. Connect the other end of the hose to the regulator and finally connect the regulator to the propane tank.
Make sure the burner is positioned so that the open side is clear of all combustible material and people. Turn on the propane tank valve slightly while holding a lighted long-nosed butane lighter in the opening between the steel strip and the side of the 2-inch by 6-inch pipe nipple. Adjust the regulator for the best flame.
Tips and warnings
- If the flame is yellow, drill a 7/16-inch hole in the side of the 2-inch by 6-inch pipe nipple. Drill this hole in the area near the metal strip and the drilled pipe cap propane nozzle.
- Propane and fire is a dangerous combination. Be certain there are no propane leaks and that the burner is not resting on, or pointing at, any combustible materials.