oxy-propane eye protection?

I just got a small oxy-propane torch, I have oxygen and am just off to get some propane, and it occurred to me - do I need dark glasses?

I have safety specs against impact and so on, but not against UV.


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Peter Fairbrother
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Yep same shade shield you use for Oxy Acet. Usually shade 5.

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Steve W.

I would think that a prudent person would use the goggles for oxy-acetylene, which are pretty dark, darker than sunglasses, but not ridiculously so.


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Richard Ferguson

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Thomas Kendrick

What are you going to use the torch for? Jewelers use oxy-fuel (generally propane or natural gas) torches and I never met one who used dark glasses except for melting and for platinum work. For brazing, silver and gold soldering, etc. on small items, most feel it's not needed. I don't use shaded lenses except for platinum -- when I'm melting, I just don't stare at the crucible. For platinum, it's essential, though, as the stuff gets white-hot. For larger brazing work, some use shades, some don't. I don't, though I only braze larger stuff infrequently. The oxy-propane flame is nowhere near as bright and radiant as oxy-acetylene, so it mostly depends on how hot the work is getting, and how large the radiant area is. (and how close you are to it, of course).

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UV is not a problem with oxyfuel welding. Shade 5 goggles recommended for the visible light.

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Yes, it's a jeweller's torch, and will mostly be used for brazing small parts, mostly an inch or two across, in copper, inconel and stainless. I have some small propane torches I use for silver soldering, but they were struggling a bit and I wanted something hotter for brazing.

I got it working on butane (don't laugh, I filled two party balloons, one with butane lighter fuel and one with oxygen, to try it out) - works great. I am seriously pleased. Working with a flame that's comfortably hot enough is so much easier! It's lot quieter than the propane torches too, a calm gentle hiss rather than a whiny roar.

Might try MAPP gas for a bit of welding too. Maybe some ordinary shades for that? I have a nice dark wraparound plastic prescription pair somewhere, but it hasn't been that sunny recently in the UK and they will take a bit of finding ...

One other question you may be able to help with - could I use it for cutting? It's a Minox torch and says "2" on the copper part of the nozzle. Would a cutting nozzle be available? Obviously I'd need lenses for that.

-- Peter Fairbrother

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Peter Fairbrother

Although shade 5 lenses are recommended, I found those bulky, dark, plastic sunglasses that cover your ordinary glasses work well for me. They are considerably cheaper than the shade 5 goggles from the welding supply people. YMMV.


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Lawrence L'Hote

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