Kitchen 865

    Published on February 22nd, 2010 | by Greg


    Bernzomatic Fights Anything With Fire

    It may look like a small drill, but be careful- the Bernzomatic Quickfire Hand Torch offers a lot of heat in a pretty small package. You’ve probably seen propane torches before, near a grill, or perhaps soldering- we get by just fine with matches at the grill and usually solder only electronics, but for larger jobs like pipes and plumbing it’s perfect (and even essential). Also, perhaps you just really want to get your crème brulee done fast?

    This compact tool offers all of the heat of a larger version, in a package that’s 40% smaller than many. When we say hot, what do we mean? Well, according to the company, up to 3600 degrees! And it’s adjustable, via a rear knob, allowing you to push the Max Power Propylene fuel out at a rate of your choice. The fuel and cylinders are rather special, a relatively new system but helpfully backwards compatible- and isn’t only propane, but a mix of it with propylene.

    The Quickfire is lightweight, thanks to the plastic body, but a rubberized grip adds decent ergonomics and a lock button allows you to take your finger off of the trigger when needed for a longer task. At $70, it seems a bit pricey, but it does come with one decently-sized fuel cylinder. We used it for a while without running out of fuel, and also should note that the head cools down surprisingly quickly, always a good thing. A well designed tool is a thing of beauty, and the Quickfire can best just about any torch out there.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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