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Title: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: katie78 on October 13, 2013, 12:02:07 PM
I have had my bulk hothead kit for three months now. I get about 6 hours a week on it possibly less but I have gone through a 6kg propane bottle and I have almost gone through another one!
Is this a normal amount of gas to go through??
To me it seems quite a lot for not very long on the torch!

Thanks in advance for any help xxx


Title: Re: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: k00m on October 13, 2013, 12:17:37 PM
The last time I recorded how long a bottle lasts on my hothead, I got approximately 80 hours out of a 13kg bottle before it got unusable (i.e. a bit before it's actually empty empty), so that sounds about right to me.


Title: Re: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: cbeadies on October 13, 2013, 12:24:08 PM
The hothead does use up the gas quite quickly, assuming that you have checked carefully with a leak detector spray or something to make sure there are no leaks. I used a hothead for quite a while and seemed to go through a lot of the 6kg tanks.

When I eventually moved onto a minor torch and oxycon I was amazed at how long the propane seemed to last.  :)


Title: Re: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: Shirley on October 13, 2013, 12:30:42 PM
I used to get around 40 hours from a 3.9kg tank. Perhaps try adjusting the regulator, and you don't have to turn on the gas fully at the tank, just enough to give a decent flame. You can't adjust the flame much at the torch end, but you can at the tank.


Title: Re: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: Barnacle Bay on October 14, 2013, 04:23:59 AM
HH's are very gas hungry.  I used to do what Shirley said 'adjusting the flame at the regulator', but  it still ate up the gas.  3 Months sounds about right at the hourly rates you mentioned. 

My advice is, ditch the HH and invest in a dual fuel & oxycon, humungously superior and cost effective in the long run - gas wise, you won't look back  ;)


Title: Re: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: Steampunkglass on October 14, 2013, 06:02:52 AM
My advice is, ditch the HH and invest in a dual fuel & oxycon, humungously superior and cost effective in the long run - gas wise, you won't look back  ;)
I'd agree, plus you'll be able to hear! Even with the hum from the oxycon it'll still be so much quieter too than the roar of a Hothead!


Title: Re: How much gas should a hh go through?
Post by: katie78 on October 15, 2013, 09:07:22 AM
Thanks for the replies ladies  ;D

Unfortunately I don't have the space or money to be able to upgrade yet! However I am going for a job interview on Friday and if I get the job I shall be earning practically double what I am on now so will finally be able to start saving for a kiln and shedio and then finally after those an upgrade on ze torch!  ;D