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    Hi there,

    My boyfriend bought me an Orca gas torch from ebay. Not sure if it's genuine but that's fine.
    It came with a pink hose that has a screw fitting on one end which I assume with the right adapter can be screwed into a Propane tank but it has nothing on the other end to attach the actual handle onto the hose. In the box with the three different tips there is a fitting that screws onto the main handle with a thin tapered end. Do I put that tapered end straight into the hose? I have tried but it doesn't seem to go in. Am doing the right thing? Is there a special nack to it, or am I missing something?

    Sorry if this is a bit of a stupid question but I am a bit stuck!

    Thanks in advance!

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    No doubt someone will have specific advice for you in the next few days. In the mean time here are links to two past threads about the Orca torch. Dennis.

    http://www.cooksongold.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2280

    http://www.cooksongold.com/forum/sho...ght=Orca+torch

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    The small fitting should go straight into the hose - the pink hose is pretty stiff and will need soaking for a while in hot water to loosen it up enough to get the barb in, and you might want to add a lemon clip as well. The propane end may or may not be the right size for your bottle, or might be the right size for a MAPP cannister. If not, you could simply replace it rather than using an adapter, or switch it to a quick release valve. Alternatively, you can buy spare fittings from Sutton Tools.

    They're great little torches.

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    Would putting a few drops of oil on it be a bad idea? I am still having trouble with it after soaking it in hot water.

    Nat

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    If it's a rubber hose, then oil will probably degrade it. A drop of washing up liquid (pure soap is better) should help if the barb is going to fit.

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    Am I right in saying that if I use a portable propane cannister it will burn hotter than a refillable propane one for this torch?

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    Yes, a bit hotter (and cleaner). MAPP is better than regular propane and is very portable - and lasts pretty well. You do have to watch out for the cannister freezing if you use it for extended periods of time though - which can be helped by standing it in a bowl of hot water. I use this option if I'm teaching away from home, but use my regular big cannister at home. I have quick change fittings for this as I also use a little torch (and others), but have a separate dedicated hose and adapter for my MAPP bottle. I got the extra fittings from Suttons.

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    Think I will just get the fittings for the portable cannister as I am not yet a full time jewellery artist and getting a regular propane tank seems a bit excessive at the moment. I like the idea of it being portable too. Thanks for all your help

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