How to Light a Blow Torch

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How to Light a Blow Torch
You can light a blow torch with a standard lighter. (craftsman's hands image by Kushnirov Avraham from

Blow torches come in many variations. One of the most common types is a simple hand-held propane torch. A host of professionals use blow torches for a wide range of purposes. Some blow torches have integrated lighting systems, but the simple ones require manual ignition.

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Things you need

  • Lighter or sparker

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  1. 1

    Stand the torch upright in a clear area, devoid of combustible materials.

  2. 2

    Hold the lighter or sparker in front of the torch's nozzle and activate it. The sparker activates when you squeeze the handle, which rubs flint against a striker, thereby creating a spark. Repetitively squeeze the handle until the torch lights. You can simply ignite the lighter with the flame in front of the nozzle.

  3. 3

    Turn the dial on the torch slowly until the propane ignites with the flame or sparker. Remove the lighter or sparker and place it away from the work area.

  4. 4

    Adjust the flame by turning the dial until you have the size of flame you want.

Tips and warnings

  • Always keep combustible materials away from your torch to avoid accidentally igniting them.

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