For many years standard soldering and brazing torches operated on a variety of combustible gasses. Natural gas, acetylene, methane, propane, and air/gas combinations were widely used throughout many industries. However, these gasses have drawbacks. They are usually bought in pressurized bottles that can be costly, dangerous and are prohibited in increasing numbers of municipalities and states. In addition, these gasses generally do not burn cleanly and can leave excessive oxidation and "fire scale" on articles. What industry needed was a torch that could do the job cleanly, effectively and safely.
The Hydro-Flame Torch answers all these needs and more. The Hydro-Flame Torch is an oxy-hydrogen generator that operates by converting distilled water into an oxygen/hydrogen fuel gas. The Hydro-Flame Torch creates gas on a demand basis. This means that there is no potentially dangerous stored gas.
Because the Hydro-Flame Torch burns a gas that has a high hydrogen content, it produces what is referred to as a "reducing" flame. What this means is that the flame of the Hydro-Flame Torch will actually eliminate oxides to some extent. Because it reduces or eliminates oxidation, soldering with the Hydro-Flame Torch is much cleaner than what can be achieved with traditional torches. However, the reducing flame of the Hydro-Flame is only effective where the flame is actually in contact with the piece. Because of this, it is always advisable to use a flux dip prior to soldering, and to use a suitable flux when soldering to ensure clean, perfect joints