Butane torches are small\nblowtorches that use butane to fuel them, much like a standard lighter. A\nwelding torch is different from a butane torch in many ways and is built for a\nspecific purpose. But what if a butane torch is the only thing you have lying\naround the house?\n\n\n\nCan you use a butane torch for welding? No, a butane\ntorch is not powerful enough to be used for welding. It also doesn't supply\nenough heat to melt the base metals used in welding, which is the whole point.\nIt simply isn't up to the task.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDon't be discouraged. Just because you probably won't be able to weld with your butane torch, there are other ways you can put it to good use (click here to see what you CAN do). Continue reading below to learn more about why butane torches are not capable of welding and what else you can do with them instead.\n\n\n\nWhat Is a Butane Torch?\n\n\n\nA butane torch, or micro torch as they are often called, are small handheld blowtorches that are incredibly easy to find. \n\n\n\n\n\t\t \t\t\n\n\t\t \t\t\n\n\n\n\t\t \t\t\n\n\t\t \t\t\t\n\t\t\t \t\t\t\n\t\t\t \n\n\t\t\t \t\n\t\t\t \t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t \n\n\t\t \n\t\t \n\t\t Dremel 2000-01 VersaTip Precision Butane Torch Portable Micro Torch Mini Welder\n\t\t \n\t\t \t\n\t\t \t\n\t\t \t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tCordless butane soldering torch ideal for wood burning, pyrography, soldering, shrinking, cutting, heating, and other hobby & craft projects\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tIntegrated ignition trigger with safety lock for easy start up, no independent ignition tool required. Safety lock prevents accidental ignition\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tVariable temperature control for precise control. Allows you to adjust the temperature and size of the flame. Operating temperatures of 1022\u00b0 F - 2192\u00b0 F\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tFlame lock-on mechanism keeps the torch on a continuous flame for simpler operation & extended use\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tVersatile 14-piece accessory kit - Offers versatile accessory range to solder, melt, cut, weld, shrink, burn, remove, wood burning and area heating\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tRefillable tank \u2013 Powered by liquid butane lighter fuel, full tank can burn for up to 75 minutes\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\t \n\n\t\t \n\t\t \n\n\t\t \n\n\t\t \n\t\t \t\t\t \tSee on Amazon\n\t\t \t\n\t\t \n\n\t\t \n\n\t\t \n\t\t \t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\n\t\t \t\t\n\n\t\t \t\t\n\n\t\t \t\n\n\n\nAs the name suggests, these torches are powered by a small refillable tank of butane fuel and use the oxygen in the air to keep the flame burning.\n\n\n\nButane torches produce the least amount of heat of any torch available. They average around 2400\u00b0 F. They have an open tip that produces a pinpoint flame with different levels of heat throughout. \n\n\n\nThis makes it easier to control the temperature being directed to your project by moving the torch closer or further away.\n\n\n\nThese small torches are relatively easy to get your\nhands on and are the most inexpensive choice of the bunch. You can use a Butane\ntorch for several different applications like plumbing work, jewelry making,\nand caramelizing the top of a cr\u00e8me br\u00fbl\u00e9e. \n\n\n\nWhy Can't You Weld with a Butane Torch?\n\n\n\nWelding is a precise process that involves heating two pieces of metal to the point that they begin to melt. Once they are hot enough, they are joined together again to form a stable join between them. \n\n\n\nThere are a few reasons why butane torches are not suitable for this process.\n\n\n\nDoesn't Produce Enough Heat \n\n\n\nImage Credit\n\n\n\nBecause of the low temperature of a butane torch as compared to other welding torches, there isn't enough heat to get the job done. Most metals won't reach a high enough temperature under the flame of a butane torch to weld together.\n\n\n\nNot Powerful Enough\n\n\n\nLike the problem with heat, a butane torch doesn't produce enough power behind its flame to properly heat most metals for welding. They are small and handy tools, but this prevents them from being strong enough to be used to weld.\n\n\n\nSmall Fuel Reserve\n\n\n\nBecause a butane torch is handheld, the canister for the fuel is quite tiny. A butane torch won't stay lit long enough to heat the metals to the necessary temperature before it needs refilling. When you refill it, the metal will cool down again, which is counterproductive.\n\n\n\nWhile it is pretty much impossible to weld using a\nbutane torch, there are still some ways you can put it to use. Two similar\nprocesses to welding that a butane torch can be used for are brazing and\nsoldering. You can read how to use your torch for these processes below.\n\n\n\nHow to Braze with a Butane Torch\n\n\n\nBrazing metal is a unique form of joining metal\ntogether that doesn't require much heating of the base metals being used.\nInstead of attempting to melt the actual metals to a high enough degree to weld\nthem together, you use a filler metal to fill the gap between them and create a\nstrong joint.\n\n\n\nHere's a great video how to braze a brass tube to steel. It gives you a good idea of how the process works.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/-oifC7fbQfY\n\n\n\n\nBecause the overall temperature of brazing is lower\nthan welding, it is possible to use a butane torch to braze small projects\ntogether. It will be easiest to braze using metals with a lower heating\ntemperature like copper.\n\n\n\nHow to Braze:\n\n\n\nScuff the surface of the metal using a wire brush or emery cloth.Clean up the metal with soap and water.Position your metal pieces and clamp them into place if desired.Use the butane torch to heat the joint where the metals meet until it glows.Place the filler rod into the joint while keeping the heat on it.If the pieces are large, work on one area at a time.Once everything is joined, clean the joint with a wire brush to scrape off the excess residue.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThere are some advantages of brazing over welding when\nthe two are compared. Both result in healthy joints that will hold together\nwell. Brazing isn't inferior just because of the lower temperature or filler\nmetal applied.\n\n\n\nIn fact, the lower temperature prevents any\ndistortion in the base metals being joined together. Because you aren't\nmelting the base metals, they retain their integrity. These solid joints are\npresent when brazing both thick and thin bonds.\n\n\n\nA brazed joint may even look better in the end than\na welded joint. Because the filler metal is in between the two pieces of\nbase metal, provided you haven't overlapped them for strength, it results in a\nsmoother surface than welding. \n\n\n\nFinally, brazing is a significantly easier process\nto learn than welding. You don't have to spend nearly as many hours\nlearning the skill. Brazed joints tend almost to make themselves and require\nless precision than welding. \n\n\n\nHow to Solder Jewelry with a Butane Torch\n\n\n\nSoldering is a useful technique in the world of jewelry\nmaking. Butane torches are the go-to tool for soldering, especially when it\ncomes to fine detail. Soldering silver and copper is elementary with a butane\ntorch once you learn how to do it.\n\n\n\nHow to Solder Jewelry:\n\n\n\nBend your pieces into shape before soldering any\njoints.\n\n\n\nUse clamps to position the joints as you want them if\nnecessary, to adequately brace and prepare the pieces for soldering.\n\n\n\nApply your solder to the joint. Avoid adding too much,\nor you won't get as clean a result.\n\n\n\nUse your butane torch to heat the solder at the joint,\nmoving around it to temper it evenly.\n\n\n\nQuench the soldered jewelry piece in water to cool it. \n\n\n\nUse sandpaper to clean up your joint if needed.\n\n\n\nUsing a butane torch to make jewelry is a tried and\ntrue method that many artists stand by. There are quite a few things you can\nuse your butane torch for including closing jump rings, forming ball headpins,\nand annealing metals.\n\n\n\nPut Your Butane Torch to Good Use\n\n\n\nWelding is a skill of precision and patience that takes\na lot of time to learn and very specialized equipment to do correctly.\nUnfortunately, butane torches are not on the list of a welder's tools. Even\nthough you can't use it for larger welding projects, there are things for which\nthey are incredibly useful.\n\n\n\nInstead of welding, use your handy little butane\ntorch for:\n\n\n\nCooking \u2013 caramelizing cr\u00e8me br\u00fbl\u00e9e, browning meringue,\nor adding shine to chocolate.\n\n\n\nJewelry Making \u2013 closing jump rings, forming ring\nbands, or joining small pieces\n\n\n\nBrazing \u2013 joining two metals together with a filler\nmetal\n\n\n\nFiring metal clay\n\n\n\nSoldering pipes\n\n\n\nHaving a small butane torch around the house or in the toolbox is an excellent way to be prepared when the need for a blowtorch arises. \n\n\n\nYou won't be able to break it out to weld together scrap metal, but at least you can use it in home repairs whenever they pop up. Even the smallest tools can be incredibly useful.