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Old 18-01-2012, 21:48   #1
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Soldering Fuel

I am gathering my plumbing tools for offshore cruising. Is it easier to carry small propane bottles or mapp/progases for soldering? I want to be able to get some work doing copper repairs in offshore ports. What is the availabilty of these two fuels?
I know propane is the big fuel for heating and cooking but I am looking for a small (hand held) type of bottle. The kind used on Sure Fire Heads for example.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Deep Water.
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I am gathering my plumbing tools for offshore cruising. Is it easier to carry small propane bottles or mapp/progases for soldering? I want to be able to get some work doing copper repairs in offshore ports. What is the availabilty of these two fuels?
I know propane is the big fuel for heating and cooking but I am looking for a small (hand held) type of bottle. The kind used on Sure Fire Heads for example.

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Depends on where your going, my experience it there is a multitude of fittings and " common " sizes and cylinders. It's typically easier to get the gas but not in a canister that fits anything you have !

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Re: Soldering Fuel

It is possible to refill the disposable tanks from a regular propane tank but it sounds like a lot of work and even a little dangerous. Here is a discussion on how to do it: How to refill disposable propane cylinders
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Re: Soldering Fuel

i have allways found the blugas refils,that are a butane propane mix available all over the world,as used in camping stoves.

a blow torch has multiple uses on a boat,from loosening siezed bolts to melting the ends of ropes.
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