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Can I use propane in my cutting torch?


Can propane be used in my cutting torch?

Yes - but here are a few facts you might want to consider:

  • Some have chosen to use propane for cutting light weight steel, most professionals find that the cutting tip temperature is considerably lower than commercial cutting gases and therefore undesirable . 
  • Some have found that preheating the steel with another large BTU capacity torch helps. 
  • Beware!  Never attempt to cut open a used propane tank.  Even an empty tank can be extremely dangerous when cut open with a torch.

Propane cutting torch

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