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  1. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    Hello,

    I'm a DIYer and I recently bought a blow torch. The torch bit is a "Gas Torch Auto Ignition Gas Soldering Brazing Piezo Blow Lamp QP8088H", the gas bottle I'm using is "ROTHENBERGER DISPOSABLE PROPANE GAS CYLINDER 400G" from Screwfix. The torch ignites well, I adjust the flame to make sure it's burning blue.

    I've been using it for cooking (searing meat and so on) but I've found that whenever I use it I feel a bit dizzy afterwards. In the past I've used a less 'serious' blowtorch (one from Wickes that you need to light manually) in the past and this has never been a problem.

    Of course I'm a little paranoid that I'm poisoning myself or something awful like that, so I've stopped using it.

    But has anyone has a similar experience? What could be causing it? Surely that's not normal. Do you think it's faulty unit that's somehow emitting carbon monoxide or something sinister like that? Or do you think I'm just sensitive to it? Certainly doesn't feel right at all.



     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    are you using it in a well ventilated place?

    would think its a bit big for cooking with
     
  3. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Hello George,

    Welcome to the forum.
    Breathing in or swallowing propane gas can be harmful. Propane gas takes the place of oxygen in the lungs therefore it makes breathing difficult or impossible. - dizziness----

    It will give you some sort of cough , dizziness, headache, irregular heartbeat .

    You may have a leak at the torch . perhaps you should not use it if you are unsure .
     
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  4. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    Yes, I used it just now with the back door open. It does the job perfectly (nice piece of sirloin beautifully browned on the outside and a little pink within still), but I shouldn't be feeling dizzy after using it should I?
     
  5. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I also wouldn't recommend using it for cooking though. You may should use an instant grill or better off proper charcoal
     
  6. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    depends how big the room size was

    same thing can happen if your cooking in a small room

    might be worth taking the set up to where you bought it and asking them does it look ok
     
  7. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    As I said, when I've used the other one before, the Wickes one, I've not had any symptoms like that. And it's not even like I'm using it for long (it's on for a minute, if that). Only been feeling a little dizzy, no headache or cough or anything else. But that shouldn't be happening should it?
     
  8. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    no shouldnt happen any chance of a pic of the wicks one ?
     
  9. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    No should not that's why I think you burn the fuel wrong . which causes dizziness. It's either wrong burned or unburned propane which you then Inhale. I cannot think of anything else
     
  10. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    Here it is. As I say, whenever I've used this one (either for plumbing or for cooking) I've not felt odd at all.

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  11. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    How can I burn it correctly?
     
  12. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    when you attach the cylinder / gas canister can you hear anything eg is it leaking?
     
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  13. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    No, it all appears to be set up fine. No leaking sounds or anything like that.
     
  14. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I had once similar issue and it leak at the side

    How long can you store map gas for ?
     
  15. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    not mapgas just normal propane

    op would take it back to where you bought it and maybe get a replacement / ask them do they see anything wrong
     
  16. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I know, I was just thinking about my own bottles as I still have 2 stored for about 2 years and wondering if it's still useable
     
  17. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    would say so only one way to find out
     
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  18. Meady

    Meady Plumber GSR

    Does no one else think this is a wind up???
     
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  19. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Haven't thought about .. I'd think ppl are coming here to get help and not to take a micky
     
  20. Meady

    Meady Plumber GSR

    It just sounds to farthetched to me to be true
     
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  21. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    What does? Me and my dizziness!? It is true. Although I'm worried now that I'm imagining it.
     
  22. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    Tiz a wind up. Me thinks
     
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  23. George Ward

    George Ward New Member

    It's not!
     
  24. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Have you checked for leaks with soapy water

    ( Washed off after as it corrodes and don't wet the ignition
    and before anyone jumps down my throat, a DIY person may not have LDF and it's pointless buying it for this purpose).

    Most plumbers ( I think) use propane in all sorts of spaces and I can't say I've ever felt dizzy or heard of it before.
     
  25. Stanios

    Stanios Plumber GSR

    I've had times where I sat on my blowtorch for good minute untill realising there is a bad smell which isnt my arse, I didnt feel dizzy but felt this tingling in my behind as I knew what would have happened if it sparked.
     
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  26. zzzjim

    zzzjim Well-Known Member

    Mistakeny inhaled CO from one of those burns till it goes out candle experiments im my youth . Does sound like Carbon Monoxide
    (If a CO alarm will confirm it --or alarm just die from meat fumes --- I'm not sure if you should invest )
    Like others have said plenty of ventilation
    (and get your blood presure checked out )

    (Plenty of unburnt Butane from gas soldering iron has never bothered me-My M8s may disagree)
    (USA packaging meat in CO to keep it looking RED -Idiots)..Don't Inhale..
    (LAST _myth-Busters--Theory...)
    ( Smell of searing induces hunger/Blood lost to stomach = Light headed )
     
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  27. kris

    kris Trusted Plumber GSR

    At times ive went below the floors to glue waste pipes and got dizzy off the reek of solvents lol and thats in confined spaces aswell, by eck thats strong stuff lol
     
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  28. zzzjim

    zzzjim Well-Known Member

    If anyone is still interested , did have a negative thought .
    (Multiple -Devices )
    Is it a modern well insulated/double glazed (sealed) house ?
    . Are you already in the kitchen with the stove on ?
    May have exceded ventilation capacity .
    (I'm not GSR , so don't know calculations )
    But do remember a stove + a new extension is a good reason to have the window open a little with just stove on MAXED out.
     
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