Best Torches for Dabs

What are Dabs?

Dabs is concentrated cannabis that is made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent like carbon dioxide or butane. This results in a sticky oil also commonly referred to as butane hash oil (BHO).

What are the Best Torches for Dabs?

The best torch for dabs or anything else that would require a butane torch is the Blazer GT8000. This torch is a beast and it's reliable. 

Blazer GT8000

Blazer GT8000

Next I'd choose the Blazer GB-4001, another reliable torch that will serve you well.

Blazer GB4001

Finally, if you are looking for a cheap but reliable torch then try the Bon Jour Creme Brûlée Torch - This will work great for dabs.

bonjour kitchen torch

BonJour kitchen torch

 

 

 

How to Refill a Butane Torch

Refilling a Butane Torch

Refilling a butane torch is simple task. The butane fuel is available through this website or you can buy it locally at hardware stores, drug stores or specialty shops. The most important advice when refilling a torch is to hold the container of fuel upside down while refueling, otherwise air will enter the fuel cell in your torch and may cause issues with a consistent flame.

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Prior to refilling a butane torch, you will need to drain any fuel and air remaining from the torch. Making use of the small screwdriver press the fuel-refilling nozzle, usually on the bottom of the torch to get rid of the surplus fuel. You should hear a hissing sound as the fuel and air escapes.

Be sure to turn the flame adjustment screw, knob or lever to off or the lowest setting before attempting to refuel your torch. You may also have a “on/off” switch of some sort.

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Turn the butane torch upside down so the refill inlet nozzle is visible. Insert the nozzle into the butane torch fuel canister and press the canister towards the torch and hold, the nozzle on the fuel canister will press in. This will allow the fuel to flow into the torch. Do this for 5 seconds or so. If your torch has a fuel window you can check the level of fuel by looking at the window. There is no need to pump the fuel canister while fueling.

Once you have refilled your butane torch, let it sit a few minutes until the fuel reaches room temperature. Because the butane fuel is compressed in the fuel container is will be colder than room temperature. When it warms, the fuel will expand.

If your torch will not light, turn the flame adjustment screw or adjustment knob a 1/4 turn and attempt once more. Keep re-adjusting the screw or knob in 1/4 turn increments until the torch ignites.

Warnings and Tips

  • Only triple refined or better butane fuel should be used. This is a very clean burning fuel and will help to keep your torch in top working order.
  • Using a compressed can of air, blow air into the area where you usually see the flame. This will loosen or remove particles that might be causing your butane torch not to ignite.
  • Placing the torch in the freezer for a couple of minutes prior to refueling will help accelerate the refueling process.
  • Do not pump the fuel container when refueling your torch as this could cause the fuel cell in the torch to burst.

Also, check out this video on filling a butane torch.

For more troubleshooting tips read the article on How to Fix Your Butane Torch.

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How to Fix Your Butane Torch

Anyone who uses a butane torch regularly will probably realize that short of a total malfunction with any of its working parts, a butane torch generally only requires filling with a new butane to ensure its ongoing operation. These portable torches are surprisingly durable and if you are capable of filling the torch, you will likely experience no other issues in terms of keeping it maintained.

Always Use Manufacturer Recommended Butane

If your butane torch or lighter stops working, you should also make sure you are using the correct grade and brand of butane. Using the incorrect type, or low quality can often be the reason for your torch not operating correctly, so it’s always a good idea to check for any recommendations from the manufacturer with regard to the specific type of butane they recommend for your particular torch or lighter.  One of the symptoms of lower grade fuel is flickering or sputtering of the flame, this symptom can also be caused by air in the fuel cell which can be resolved by removing the air.

Ignition Systems

Butane torches these days are generally equipped with instant electronic ignition systems and these have a reputation for being reliable technology. There will always be exceptions though and if your torch won’t ignite, you have a couple of options with regard to fixing it.

The first is to try and regulate the flow of gas because it may be too low for optimal ignition. You can turn the gas output all the way up then turn it back after the gas is ignited. If this doesn’t help, you could consider the warranty options on the torch and seek a replacement because it may be that the ignition is faulty.

The Nozzle

Under normal circumstances, the nozzle shouldn’t become clogged because butane is a ‘clean’ fuel and does not produce soot to clog the nozzle. What can occasionally happen though is if you are using the torch for soldering, a tiny piece of solder may become lodged and stuck in the nozzle. To fix your torch, you will need to turn the torch off and remove the offending particle(s) of solder. One way to clean out the nozzle is to shoot compressed air into the nozzle area where the gas exits the torch. This may dislodge any foreign matter that is causing the suboptimal performance.

Fixing your torch is not something which should concern you unduly because the most likely scenario for it not working will be because you need to fill the torch with quality butane gas. Filling a butane torch can generally be accomplished quickly and using the best quality butane will always help your torch to function at its optimal level. General care in looking after portable tools such as keeping them clean and in good order will also help to ensure the longevity of your torch.

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10 Uses for a Butane Kitchen Torch

The kitchen torch is a very versatile and amazing tool.  I was first exposed to a kitchen torch many years ago when I witnessed a chef making creme brulee.  Until that point I guess I never thought about how the sugar is caramelized into a tasty hard topping.

There are many ways you can use a butane kitchen torch and not just for cooking.  It can also be used for soldering, it’s great for lighting a cigar, creating jewelry or fixing a plumbing problem, but for this article I’m going to concentrate on using a kitchen blowtorch.Butane Blow Torch

Be sure to use your torch on a non-flammable surface or metal baking pan.

1. Creme Brulee – This is the most popular use for a kitchen torch. After prepping the creme brulee, torch the surface to melt the sugar into a beautiful brown topping.

2. Brown Meringue – Make your meringue look like a professional creation.  Brown the topping just before serving.  My favorites are lemon meringue and banana cream pie.

3. Marshmallows – Bet you didn’t think about using a torch to brown marshmallows, but it you don’t have a fire this is a great alternative.  Put your marshmallows on a fork and twirl in front of the flame.

4. Burnt sugar garnishes – These are great to place on top of desserts, or ice cream.  Use cookie cutters, metal ones of course,  on a metal cookie sheet.  Fill the bottom of each cookie cutter with a little sugar then use the torch to heat  and melt the sugar, wait for the sugar to harden.  Wallah!

5. Salad toppings – Sprinkle the top of a salad with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, then brown the topping with your torch until the cheese just starts to melt.

6. Peeling tomatoes – Use the torch to char the skin of the tomato until it cracks. Once it cools the skin will peel off very easily.

7. Heat up the ice cream scoop – This is a great way to quickly heat up an ice cream scoop so that it just cuts through ice cream and makes it easy to scoop out.

8. Roasting peppers– There’s nothing like the taste of a perfectly roasted pepper.  Char the skin of the pepper and then you can either peel the skin or leave the skin on a for that great roasted pepper taste.  This works great for sweet and chili peppers.

9. Melt chocolate – Add some milk or dark chocolate to a metal container and then heat the container with your kitchen torch, you have yummy chocolate goodness in just a few minutes for your favorite ice cream or other dessert.  It will also give the chocolate a nice glossy appearance.

10. Browning meat – A kitchen torch is a great way to brown meat. Just before you’re ready to serve, use the kitchen torch to brown the top of the meat.  It will give your meal a finished, savory look and will really enhance the flavor.

These are just a fraction of the things you can create to experiment with a culinary torch.  If you haven’t tried using a torch in the kitchen, give it a try, it will open up a whole new cooking experience.

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Uses for a Butane Kitchen Torch

There was a time when chefs within a commercial environment were the main users of the culinary torch however this is no longer the case. These days you can generally find a kitchen torch in a variety of domestic kitchens as well, because consumers are discovering the many and varied uses for a butane kitchen torch. CookingKitchen Torch is becoming a lifestyle choice once again as people seek to create interesting and nutritious meals from fresh produce.

A kitchen torch is a useful tool to have on hand to create many interesting effects for both sweet dessert dishes and savory dishes as well. The concentrated flame allows users to apply high levels of heat to very specific areas of a dish and the most widely known application would have to be the caramelised sugar atop the traditional crème brulee. There is much more that can be done with a kitchen torch though and we will look at some ideas which may be worth your while trying.

Sweet Ideas

If you like fruit tarts, baked Alaska or fruit pies, topping them with meringue can add a gourmet touch. How to brown the meringue may have been a big problem at one time, but with a kitchen torch, you can evenly and perfectly brown your meringue without affecting the dessert underneath.

Or how about toasting marshmallows when you don’t have a log fire to do the toasting? A kitchen torch easily solves this problem. Just place your marshmallow on a fork and twirl it through the flame for perfect toasting. Likewise, you can create burnt sugar garnishes to place on top of desserts, iced cakes or ice cream. Just place cookie cutters (metal ones) on a tray and sprinkle sugar inside them, use the kitchen torch to heat the sugar shapes until they are crisp, then remove the cutter to reveal your crispy garnish. You can also use this same technique to create a crispy golden topping on the top of sponge cakes.

For a really special dessert idea, liqueurs and fruit compotes can be transformed if you have a torch for cooking. Make up the fruit compotes then place a generous amount of your favourite liqueur into a stainless steel cup or small bowl. Use the kitchen torch to heat up the liqueur and pour it over the compotes. Grand Marnier works particularly well for this.

Savory Ideas

Try creating tuna or chicken individual salad servings and sprinkle a topping of grated Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs on the top. Then use your culinary torch to brown the topping. You can also char bell peppers in the same way, then peel off the skins when they are cool.

Peeling tomatoes is a difficult business at the best of times, but not so if you have a torch for cooking. Just heat the tomato all over with the torch until the skin begins to crack then allow it to cool and the skin off will peel off easily. Melting cheese with precision is also a breeze, especially when you don’t want to heat up what is underneath.

Baked ham is always a special treat, especially at Christmas and you can glaze it perfectly with your kitchen torch. You can place pineapple (or other fruit) on the top, sprinkle sugar over it and then use your torch to apply heat until the sugar caramelizes.

Breakfast Ideas

Let’s not forget breakfast either because you can also make some treats to start the day as well. If you like to have oatmeal for breakfast, try placing it in a bowl as usual and sprinkle it with sugar. Then use your kitchen torch to heat the sugar until it is crispy. If grapefruit is more your thing, cut one in half, pat the surface dry and spread a tiny amount of butter across it. Follow up with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon, then heat with the torch until the sugar bubbles.

These are just a few ideas which you can use to expand your culinary skills by using a kitchen torch. It comes into its own when you want to heat and/or brown the top of a recipe without changing the underlying layers and the precision flame is ideal for this purpose. If you haven’t yet tried using a torch for cooking, give it a try and join the growing number of domestic cooks all over the world who are letting their creativity loose in the kitchen.