Glass blowing is a year-round pursuit for many. And when winter rolls around, it poses some obstacles for flame working. However, there’s no need to fear. You can protect your torch gases with a safe, efficient, and easy-to-use gas cylinder heater from Powerblanket®.
Whether you’re using acetylene or some other gas for your flame working torch, you’re probably well aware of the effect cold weather has on your gas storage. If you have to store your cylinders or tanks in an outside location (or in a cool warehouse) then you run the risk of severe depletion come winter, or even cooler fall and spring temperatures for that matter. Akin to the depletion your tank will undergo, is the lack of pressure you’ll have in it.
Poor tank pressure means poor flow rates, and you can’t have that when you’re flame working. If the gas cools too much, it will liquefy, and you could potentially have acetylene spit out of your torch and into the amazing masterpiece you’re working. It’s end game at that point. Of course, to avoid this problem, all you have to do is keep your gas cylinders or tanks at the ideal temperature all of the time. The only tricky part is that the ideal temperature for acetylene extraction is well above the cool temperatures of a non-heated workspace. Thankfully, there’s an easy remedy for this.
Powerblanket has developed gas cylinder heaters that keep acetylene, propane, butane, and any other specialty gas at ideal working temperatures, regardless of how cold it gets. The cylinder heater is easily applied to offer targeted and regulated heat to the cylinder contents. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about heat and flame mixing (because that would be disastrous). Powerblanket products are fully insulated and are certified to UL and CSA safety standards. With particular relevance to torching applications, Powerblanket heating solutions are available with hazardous location certifications, Class I Division 1 or Class I Division 2. This means they can be used in hazardous locations, such as a workshop where there might be or are flammable gases in the atmosphere.