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    Default Gasmate Handiman Torch

    Hi folks .... I picked up a Gasmate Handiman torch kit off Gumtree as I wan't to try my hand at a little Shou sugi ban.

    Anyway I had planned to hook it up to the standard 8.5kg BBQ Gas Cylinder. I do recall doing something similar some years ago to strip some weatherboards.

    Before I get started I thought it best to reach out see if anybody has done this before and if there are any safety considerations I should be aware of.

    I pulled out the gas cylinder on the weekend and immediately found that the hose from the Gasmate doesn't fit the POL cylinder. Bunnings have a Gasmate 3/8 Straight Brass Gas Adaptor, which converts any POL cylinder to a 3/8" BSP-LH camping cylinder. Would I be right in thinking this is what I need? https://www.bunnings.com.au/gasmate-...aptor_p3170716

    I'm not sure if I need a gas regulator in this situation - I have one on the Weber that I could potentially "borrow" if its safer.

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    Yep on the big cylinder you will need a regulator of some kind, does not need a gauge just needs to reduce the pressure, or purchase a small cylinder.
    Have a chat t o these guys they are the gurus of of this equipment in SA Maxbilt

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    Shouldn't need a regulator as it is basically a Primus torch and they don't use a regulator. They have an orific built into the torch which regulates the flow and they are normally screwed straight onto the top of the Primus bottle without a regulator.
    It mentions in the second paragraph in the instructions photo that it can be used on a companion bottle but no mention of a regulator being required.

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    A regulator is pretty pointless for this as the bottle size has no bearing on pressure. The pressure inside the gas bottle is entirely dependant on its temperature; a full 45kg domestic bottle will have the exact same pressure as a 2kg camping bottle with only a teaspoon of liquid inside providing they are at the same temperature.
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    Thanks folks ... do to the somewhat divided opinions I took Chinaís advice and went to the gas specialist place. Fortunately itís only just down the road from work.

    The long and short of it is that I donít need a regulator. I ended up buying a converter from the larger gas bottle to the hose .... not dissimilar to the one in the Bunnings link.

    They didnít have a dedicated one so the guy put together one of of two different parts. Unfortunately it cost three times what Bunnings were asking however I feel that I paid for the advice that it would safely do what Iím after. Sometimes you need to pay a little more to support the smaller guy.

    Looking forward to giving it a tun this weekend.

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    I stand corrected, mine has a regulator, but then I salvaged it from a caravan

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    All good .... seems to do what I was after. Trial run on some Jarrah this morning. I have a fair bit to do so it could interesting - not sure how much gas I will end up using. Just need to finish prepping the stock.

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