How to Attach a Propane Torch to a Twenty Pound Tank
Though you may not need it often, a propane torch is a useful item to keep in your garage or storage shed. Some home uses include: de-icing steps and walkways, thawing frozen pipes, removing weeds, soldering jobs and starting that occasional barn fire. Purchase a propane torch kit from a home improvement store to fit on a standard 20 lb. propane tank. The kits include all the parts for the torch assembly and a connector to attach it to the tank. Some minor assembly is necessary, but connection is simple and by following a few basic steps, you can safely operate the torch to handle a few chores around your property.
Propane Torch Assembly
Wrap pipe thread tape around the male threads of the hose connector (attached to the propane torch handle), working the tape 3 inches along the threads.
Secure the torch to the hose by fitting the handle connector (attached to one end of the hose) onto the hose connector; tighten it firmly, using the open-end wrench.
Turn the hand wheel (on the torch handle) clockwise to the "off" position.
Attachment to Propane Tank
Ensure that the valve on the propane tank is turned completely off.
Insert the cylinder connector (on the opposite end of the hose) into the hose connector on the propane gas tank and screw it firmly in place with your hand. Use the wrench to make the final turns, but avoid overtightening.
Begin the flow of propane by slowly turning the hand wheel counterclockwise. Light the torch by inserting a long match through one of the slots located on the burner portion of the torch.
- Clean the torch parts and propane tank with water and a mild detergent.
- Turn the hand wheel on the torch to "off" and let it cool down before storing it. Always store it away from flammable items.
- Periodically check the hose for cracks; if any exist, replace the hose immediately.
- Ensure that all connections are tight and parts are not damaged before each use. Do not use the torch if it or the tank is damaged.
- Use the propane torch outdoors only -- to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Based in Washington, Mariah Elaine has been a freelance writer since 2010. She has professional writing experience in a variety of media including Navy correspondence, business documents and research reports. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in natural science/mathematics from Thomas Edison State College.
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