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    Radio Shack torch

    I remember drooling over these hanging on the rack at
    Radio Shack when I was Name:  FFC85C96-085A-4B71-8766-F1E589673652.jpg
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    So I couldnít turn it down. Like a lot of things I couldnít
    turn down,now I donít know what to do with it.
    Probably never get gas cartridges for it, once I use gas
    that came with it.
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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    I have seen refillable ones for the butane tank.

    http://knoppix.net/store/Microflame-...444646918.html
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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    remember those as well and seemed so out of reach both $ and high tech wise for my pea brain.
    curious how long those cylinders last?

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    Quote Originally Posted by filetobeef View Post
    remember those as well and seemed so out of reach both $ and high tech wise for my pea brain.
    curious how long those cylinders last?
    Well, I fired it up and...
    NOX cartridge lasted about 1 minute. Instructions
    say it should last 15 minutes. Maybe there’s been
    leakage in 42 years? (date on cartridges is 8/79)?
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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    Sorry,
    The link was working for a few cartridges for sale. Clicked on it later and goes to nowhere.

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    My dad had one. Never seen it in use. Great for pretending as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    Sorry,
    The link was working for a few cartridges for sale. Clicked on it later and goes to nowhere.
    I’ve seen butane soldering irons that take those cartridges and I remember NOX cartridges
    for whipped cream dispensers, (Whippets, maybe the same?)so maybe I’d be able to find
    gas for it. Don’t know that I’ll ever really need to use the torch ,but it was recently given
    to me , and I had to try it.
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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    I have never seen that before. It is very cool indeed.
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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    The NOX cylinders are cheap and plentiful https://www.amazon.com/Whip-Pack-Whi.../dp/B001MUJHKG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    The NOX cylinders are cheap and plentiful https://www.amazon.com/Whip-Pack-Whi.../dp/B001MUJHKG
    LOL, I ain't even gonna ask how you knew that. OTOH, it's good to know that Amazon is apparently the WHIPPET BULK ORDER BARGAIN-HUNTER CLEARINGHOUSE ... so that next time I need to make 450,000 gallons of whipped cream, for a party or whatever, I'll know where to source my N2O!

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    I ain't even gonna ask how you knew that.
    They are used in whipped cream dispensers. Pretty common in high end kitchens. You see them used on cooking shows all the time. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/isi...416173001.html

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    funny I thought that nitrous oxide was a controlled gas as people huff it, some dentist had their cylinder stolen.
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    funny I thought that nitrous oxide was a controlled gas as people huff it, some dentist had their cylinder stolen.
    For medical purposes it is controlled. For industrial and other uses, it is not. Whip-its are reportedly huge in the club scene, and get abused all the time. I don't think the DEA cares since that small amount of NOX won't hurt anyone. We had it on the ambulance back in the day (in blue "D" tanks, on a demand valve) and so long as you mixed it with oxygen it was pretty harmless. We used to abuse it all the time. The real badness that NOX can cause is hallucinations. The last time I was at the dentist, she was overly aggressive with gas, and I had the WORST hallucinations. But turn the gas down and that all resolves instantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie1961 View Post
    For medical purposes it is controlled. For industrial and other uses, it is not. Whip-its are reportedly huge in the club scene, and get abused all the time. I don't think the DEA cares since that small amount of NOX won't hurt anyone. We had it on the ambulance back in the day (in blue "D" tanks, on a demand valve) and so long as you mixed it with oxygen it was pretty harmless. We used to abuse it all the time. The real badness that NOX can cause is hallucinations. The last time I was at the dentist, she was overly aggressive with gas, and I had the WORST hallucinations. But turn the gas down and that all resolves instantly.
    Hallucinations?????? Ya mean ya still thought ya had teeth???????? Pretty smart dentist lady

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    I used to whip a lot of cream back in the day ... now I take my Coltrane "neat."

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    haha... this talk just reminded me of an episode of that show Live PD where they investigated some car in a parking lot.. there was someone inside that had been doing whippets and there were empty cartridges all over the place...

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    I have seen refillable ones for the butane tank.

    http://knoppix.net/store/Microflame-...444646918.html
    Either type cylinder is easy to find online but someone copying https://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html (the real Klaus Knopper site) yet not using https is cluelessly insecure. I'd order elsewhere. (Knoppix itself is a very handy distro.)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/184587824381 is an interesting idea since the disposable cylinders are the most expensive way to by gas.

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    Those would work pretty well on a crack pipe but for any real use? Well, not for me.

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    Back when Radio Shack had torch the refills hight price.
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    https://www.weller-tools.com/profess...+Cordless/P2KC

    Uses lighter refills

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    The refills for the Weller is $5.00 to $6.00 for a large refill off the shell any place that sell tobacco.

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    Found a webpage dedicated to them:
    https://www.desertscum.org/microflametorch

    Luke Skywalker used one in Star Wars:
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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    Very cool that brings back alot of good old memorize. One thing i always drooled over that i saw in a catalog was a Unimat lathe. It was in a blue book catalog. I dont remember if i know what it did but i wanted one. I bought one at a garage sell. Its a great little lathe.

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    I had one of those . I used it for soldering/brazing slot car frames. As I recall it worked for what I needed it for , just not for any length of time. The cylinders emptied pretty fast. I just tossed mine a few weeks ago.

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    Re: Radio Shack torch

    No safety glass.

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    Found a webpage dedicated to them:
    https://www.desertscum.org/microflametorch

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