Selecting the right tip for the job is the first step to a quality professional finish. Use this quick and easy guide to help you select the most suitable tip for your Smith® Little Torch™ or SilverSmith™ torch based on the task at hand.
Keep in mind that each tip can have a wide range of temperatures and flame types (neutral, reducing and oxidizing) so it can be hard to pin down jobs to just certain tips. Experiment a bit with your particular jobs and keep a record of which tip performs best with each of your often-performed tasks.
Little Torch™ Recommended Tip Sizes
Tip #2: Use for retipping and small chain repair, small joints, soldering hinge pins. Use with acetylene or hydrogen only; this tip is not for use with propane or natural gas.
Tip #3: Use for the same types of tasks as the #2 tip; this tip has a slightly larger flame. It can also be used with all fuels.
Tip #4: Use for soldering shanks for ring sizing, medium-sized seams and gauge metal, and soldering wedding bands together.
Tip #5: Use for the same types of tasks as the #4 tip; this tip has a slightly larger flame.
Tip #6: Use for the same types of tasks as the #4 and #5 tips; this tip offers a slightly larger flame than the #5 tip.
Tip #7: Use for large shanks like class rings, anything that needs a lot of gentle heating, sizing a thick platinum band, annealing sheet or large bar stock. (This tip is most often chosen for soldering silver.)
SilverSmith™ Torch Recommended Tip Sizes
Tip #00: This very small tip is used for small jump rings and not much else. This is the size that is included with the torch.
Tip #0: This small tip is used for larger jump rings and soldering silver wire; it is also good for gold sizings.
Tip #1: This is a good general-purpose tip for lots of applications. We highly recommended this tip as an add-on when customers buy the SilverSmith torch.
Tip #2: This is another useful general purpose tip size; it has a slightly larger flame than the #1 tip.
Tip #3: Use this tip for large pieces and hollowware. We also highly recommend it when customers purchase the Silversmith torch; the #00 and #1 and #3 tips make a great a starter trio.
Tip #4: Use this tip for large annealing jobs, melting and large hollowware.