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Torch Boosters are Approved across the US and Canada

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G-TEC Torch Boosters are Easy To Install

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High Pressure Natural Gas Is The Best Choice For Jewelry Manufacturing

If you use acetylene or propane....if you are connected to a standard utility natural gas pipeline,

you will be surprised by the superior performance of high-pressure natural gas!

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G-TEC Customers Love Their Torch Boosters!

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I have been using a G-TEC Natural Gas Pressure Booster System in my casting process for more than 7 years. I switched to natural gas to eliminate safety concerns with the use of propane. The G-TEC unit provides the appropriate pressures and flow required for all karats of gold as well as platinum.

 

- Philip Stone, Owner

Hyde Park Jewelers

Denver, CO

We found natural gas to be much cleaner. We were using propane before and found that we were getting a little sponginess, especially in the platinum. We also found that natural gas didn’t stress the metal as much. We believe that natural gas is much more favorable for the casting process.

 

- Bob Pampillonia, Owner

Pampillonia Designs

Dallas,TX

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Click the YouTube link to hear Bob Pampillonia explain why he uses high pressure natural gas for platinum casting

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The G-TEC System allows us to use natural gas from the city. We don’t need to have cylinders and we don’t have the rental fees cylinders incur.  We get the pressure we need using the gas we already have available. It is a perfect solution for us!

 

- Teresa Shannon, Former Director

Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology

Paris, TX

Click the YouTube link to hear Instructor Shannon Calloway describe the G-TEC Torch Booster at TIJT

 

Your Torch Will Perform Better With High Pressure Natural Gas

If you are using natural gas right from the utility natural gas pipe your torch is not getting all the gas pressure it needs for top performance.

 

Utility natural gas pressure is only ¼ psi in most places but your torch is designed to work best at pressures between 3-7 psi. While you can light the torch with city gas service manufacturers recommend higher natural gas pressure when it is available. It is like the difference between cutting with a sharp knife compared to a dull knife.

 

You may also experience a flickering or unsteady flame, especially in winter, as heaters and other gas appliances in your building turn on and off. High pressure natural gas supplied by a G-TEC Torch Booster smooths out gas flow so you work with a steady, reliable torch flame.

 

Get the best performance your torch has to offer by using high-pressure natural gas!

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You Can Even Cast Platinum With High Pressure Natural Gas

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Platinum melts at 3,300F and by boosting natural gas pressure to 10-15 psi you will get plenty of heat for high-quality casting results.

 

Natural gas burns at more than 5,000F but you need plenty of gas volume to put the maximum heat on the metal. Higher pressure means more gas flow and better heat transfer to platinum and all karats of gold.

 

Platinum casters report better results when heating with natural gas; there is less stress on the metal, less porosity and an overall better quality cast

 

Natural Gas Is Half The Cost Of Acetylene, Up To 75% Cheaper Than Propane

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Lower cost is only one of the advantages of natural gas compared to acetylene and propane.

 

For equal BTUs natural gas costs much less than either acetylene or propane, and because you are connected to the utility natural gas pipe you never have to replace empty cylinders.

 

Natural gas is much cleaner than acetylene - no soot when you light the torch and no carbon buildup on your torch tip as happens with propane.

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Be Safer By Getting Fuel Gas Cylinders Out Of Your Studio

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When you bring a cylinder of fuel gas into your studio you introduce a lot of stored energy that could be very dangerous. One BTU is the equivalent of lighting one wooden kitchen match so if you use a 1-pound propane tank that would be like having a box with more than 21,500 matches. A small “B Tank” of acetylene is the equivalent of more than 58,000 matches. If you have a 20 lb BBQ propane tank it would be like having more than 431,000 matches in a pile in your studio.

 

Is keeping a tank of gas in your studio dangerous? Read what happened when a propane tank exploded in a jeweler’s shop in the Mallers Building in Chicago.

 

Use Combination Flashback Arrestor Check Valves On Your Natural Gas Torches

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If your torch is connected to the utility natural gas pipe OSHA and local fire codes require you to use combination flashback arrestor check valves to protect the gas meter from a torch flashback.

 

The problem is that flashback arrestor check valves need at least ¾ psi gas pressure to work properly, otherwise they block gas flow.

 

With high pressure natural gas from a G-TEC Torch Booster there is enough pressure to make the flashback arrestor check valve work properly, and still provide a robust flame on the torch.

When a jeweler’s torch has a flashback a 5,000F flame travels through the hose and gas pipe to the gas meter, which explodes.

 

The explosion can send pieces of the meter flying in all directions, injuring anyone standing nearby and starting a fire.

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A torch flashback can shatter the gas meter, sending metal parts flying in all directions

Click on the YouTube link to see what happens when a gas meter has a torch flashback. The source of this video is an independent testing laboratory doing research for a leading NY gas utility. 

Select the right

G-TEC Torch Booster

for your torch

G-TEC Torch Boosters are Easy To Install

Purchase a G-TEC Torch Booster

Torch Boosters are Approved across the US and Canada

Contact G-TEC with questions or to purchase a Torch Booster