How to make a propane burner out of pipe

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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
  • Welder
  • Propane tank
  • Propane regulator
  • Propane hose

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Drill a .050-inch diameter hole in the centre of a 1/8-inch pipe cap.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

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