the point-blank question:
will a small-scale butane torch actually work in real life (despite claims of temperature on the advertisements) for getting badly stuck fasteners loose? and not the grill lighter torches. Am I going to be much better off going up in price for a mapp/pro torch - that is, skipping the propane torch offerings entirely? is propane really all I need?
I have been looking for a torch to apply heat to stuck hardware. I have looked at a bunch by now - I can give specific items if needed, but perhaps if you can understand where I am coming from - I am looking for a low-cost torch. For example, the propane or mapp-pro torches in Sears are over $30.00, and for medium-to-large scale work. The least-expensive torch I saw in Harbor Freight runs on butane and is about $9.00 - but there are a number of other small-scale butane torches. I already tried the tiny butane torches that are for lighting the grill and they are abysmal for heating stuck hardware, and I suspect the others are also as bad. Also the various nozzles appear to be propane or mapp/pro specific, despite what I have heard. I am averse to oxy/acetylene torches at the moment.