Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Smith Little Torch with Oxygen Concentrator set up

the first half of setting up the Smith Little torch  so that I dont have to use those annoying little tanks is the oxygen side - In most cases you dont need much oxy to run the torch and an oxy con will give you oodles of oxy - I found the torch ran better with the oxy con -

I already had oxy cons (2) set up for my lampworking torch - they are set up so the run from each oxy con to a T connector to a single hose then to my torch

For the Smith I only need to use one of the concentrators so I just undid one of the  fittings and put a new one that is connected to some clear aquarium hose (thats the size I used so that the flow was not lost in a larger hose )


then I ran it over to my soldering station at least 15 ft ) -  put another  fitting on - then put a No. 30 brass coupler  that fits in the green fitting -  and fits on the green oxy nut to the smith torch

when using an oxy con you need to leave the valve open and you will hear the oxy hissing -  the reason is the alarm will go off on the oxy con if the flow is restricted -   so when you light your torch you need to turn off the oxy for a short bit (under 30 seconds is good) light your propane and then turn on the oxy -  you may have to adjust your oxy con so that it is producing less depending on how it reacts - alarm may sound if flow is too small but reducing the level LPM  would help - I usually lampwork at full LPM for each oxy con

Next will be setting up the small proapne tank (its not as big as the bbq tank ) I just need to get mine filled - but you do need a gauge on it  and I hope I have enough fittings to hook it up but it lasts a long time on one fill





6 comments:

  1. I have only one oxygen concentrator that I use for my little Smith and lamp working torches and it is way sufficient. So you need TWO for your lamp working? Is it because you are using boro? Curious.

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    1. yes but I like two even for my regular 104 there are oxy cons out there soing about 10 lpm as a single - mine are true 6lpm each so its not just about being 1 or two its total lpm output - mine are 15 years old

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