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MAPP gas vs. propane

BamabobBamabob Posts: 246
edited 12:12PM in EggHead Forum
I'm considering the purchase of a Bernzomatic torch for lighting lump. I know that MAPP gas burns hotter than propane, but is there a significant difference when using it to light lump? I would appreciate any opinions, advice or suggestions.


  • BamaBob,
    i;ve never used propane, and have used mapp for over a year now. .. its my understanding that
    1. mapp burns much hotter so it is easier to light a load of lump and
    2. the benzomatic mapp torch works great upside down, whereas its my understanding (again, i haven't tried propane) that the propane torch doesn't work well, or at all, in an inverted mode. . .[p]also, don't know how long a tank of propane lasts, but i'm still on my first tank of mapp, and thats after using on average 3 times a week for over a year now. .. [p]

  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    mad max beyond eggdome,
    I share your understanding of the relative heats, and it seems borne out by my experience.[p]That said... I put the MAPP nozzle on a propane tank, as much for the ignitor as anything else. Surprise! With a propane nozzle, it would flame out when the tank was inverted - with the MAPP nozzle no problem at all. I've been lighting once or twice a week for four or five months now and getting good consistent starts.[p]Ken

  • FairalbionFairalbion Posts: 139
    I do occassionally get flameouts with my MAPP torch inverted, but only in cold weather.

  • SmokeySmokey Posts: 2,468
    BlueSmoke,[p]Are you saying the "NOZZLE" is different? I thought the nozzle was univeral, but the tank wa different (that what I was told at Hdepot.
  • FrankGFrankG Posts: 32
    BamaBob,buy the Mapp torch with the rubber hose extension,

  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    BamaBob,[p]I tested my Mapp torch against my old trusty propane torch one time to see if they were anywhere near equal at starting fires. There was little comparison between the two. Both torches are similiar in design with the pizo electric starter on the head that screws on the tank of gas. I open the bottom vent and hold the flame on the lump for 10-20 seconds and then on a second spot for about the same time. Then close the dome and off it goes. The propane worked but I had to hold it on the lump in only one spot and it took much longer and never made the lump glow bright red like the hotter Mapp gas does. Get the Mapp - good stuff.[p]Tim
  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    Smokey, I think there is a small difference in the oriface.

  • SmokeySmokey Posts: 2,468
    tach18k,[p]You know thr FCC may fine you for that kind of language![p]Smokey

  • BamabobBamabob Posts: 246
    Thanks everybody. I just returned from Lowe's with my new Bernzomatic JTH7 (torch with hose extension) and a cylinder of MAPP gas. The kid who was helping me was a little perplexed when he found out what my intentions were.
  • ravnhausravnhaus Posts: 311
    mad max beyond eggdome,[p]..and you can weld with it!
  • BlueSmoke,
    That's pretty much what I do. Bought the MAPP torch head and had several extra propane cylinders sitting around, so I used them. I've gone back and forth several times, and cannot tell the difference. Propane is 1/4 the price of MAPP.

  • BamabobBamabob Posts: 246
    Thanks everybody. I just returned from Lowe's with my new Bernzomatic JTH7 (torch with hose extension) and a cylinder of MAPP gas. The kid who was helping me was a little perplexed when he found out what my intentions were.
  • wdanwdan Posts: 261
    Sometimes I can't resist beating a dead horse and this is one of them! I see you've already gotten more responses than anyone would need to justify a MAPP purchase. If you are in need of a MAPP-annonymous recovery group, you certainly found enough support here to carry on with your life. But, I'm a recovering MAPP-aholic and still need to talk things out occasionally too. I bought my first MAPP canister and associated paraphenalia last August. Being a bit insecure and perhaps even paranoid, I bought an extra MAPP canister right away. I religiously use the MAPP to light my fire (Jim Morrison wasn't the only way to do it)and use Weber "candle wax" only when doing a low 'n slow and only out of reverence and deference to the legendary Elder Ward (he's my hero).[p]I use my egg on average, 2 or 3 times a week at least, and I'm just now reaching the end of the first, don't worry about the economics. I go 20 seconds each at 3 everytime. Just watch out for sparks from the lump![p]

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