Thursday, May 20, 2010

How hot is the flame of a butane torch?

Hot.  Blazing hot!  But not as hot as you think.

A butane torch burns at very close to 5,000 °F (4,995 °F, to be exact). While that's way hotter than your oven, it's not quite hot enough for a lot of jewelry and metal work, which is why crafty and construction-type folks tend to prefer a 6,000+ degree acetylene torch, or even a 5,000+ degree propane torch.

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