How Butane Torches Work

Since butane turns liquid fast when compressed, and as rapidly returns to gas with decreased pressure, it creates an ideal gas for use in lighters.

Release the pressure in the holding tank (or a quantified amount of it), and a number of the liquid immediately returns to its gaseous state and squirts out the opening to meet its flaming destiny at the spark.

Butane torches work by discharging liquid butane, stored in a pressurized space, in a narrow stream of gas. A flicker, made by striking a flint with steel or simply by compressing piezoelectric crystal, ignites the gas.

The Flame

Butane's flame is similar to that of a burning candle. As a candlewick draws only as much of the liquid wax as it needs to fuel its own flame, so using a butane lighter simply uses as much liquid butane as it needs to encourage its own flame, only slowly cutting down the total amount of liquid propane at the holding tank. A sub-assembly (of diverse designs, depending upon the manufacturer) uses the dimensions (inner diameter) of the"venturi" to release a constant degree of gasoline, permitting a steady flame of height.

Different Types of Butane Torches

Manufacturers market many different kinds of butane lighters that offer chosen secondary benefits based on user needs or needs. There are decorated lighters, lighters with attached or weathered trademarks, limited edition lighters,"apparel" lighters, disposable lighters in different sizes, lighters to light candles, outdoor cooking stoves or wood-based fires and more. Most manufacturers design the caps of their lighters in steel. The cap acts as a windshield, as heat protection, and dilutes the butane with a measured amount of air. The compressed crystal makes a voltaic arc that ignites the gas. The process is the same.


The"twist wheel," made of serrated and hardened steel wire that, when rotated, generates a spark from the flint. * A spring pushes the flint up to keep it in contact with the wheel.

The fork can be a trigger hauled using a finger (as, for example, in a pistol-like flame or candle lighter) or a mechanism that's pushed downward as the user twists the flicker wheel, as in a cigarette, cigar or pipe lighter.

Fuel Tank

The fuel tank of the majority of lighters is made from plastic components ultrasonically welded together to make a low-pressure pressure boat. Various metal and plastic parts control the opening and closing of gas coming from the valve at the exact same spinning wheel generates a spark.

The milder supplies the user with a"fork" that opens and closes the gas port. The"fork" requires positive stress to stay open.

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