I haven't tried looking in an actual welding supply store, but I have been looking in larger hardware stores. I'm curious about the usefulness of various lower end welding torches. I've had about six hours experience using an oxy-acetylene torch, but I've never owned one. My usage would be occasional art projects, nothing regular. I am hesitant about renting cylinders since if they sit there for a month without being used, I'll feel like I'm wasting money.
At the really low end, of course, are the propane ones. Even the oxygen-propane models I suspect are fairly limited and not going be able to do much. I've heard they are okay for cutting, and cheaper than oxy-acetylene for that, though.
In the $250 to $300 range there are several small oxy-acetylene setups, like this one:The cylinders are small, but I expect sporatic use. It comes with just one size each of brazing and cutting tip, but that site sells a bunch of others with compatible connectors. Is this a good small set up, or does it have drawbacks I'm not seeing?
The scale of the work I would be doing is probably bigger than a mouse and smaller than a sheep dog. E.g tire iron candelabra.
------ needs better wiring before an arc welder is an option