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Oxy-Propane Brazing Update 3

Oxy-Propane Brazing Update 3

I use oxygen and propane for my brazing. I did not want the expense and extra safety concerns of storing and using acetylene, and in particular did not want to get involved in contracts given the small number of frames I am likely to build as a hobbyist. Though contract free acetylene cylinders have become available, personally I see no advantage in using acetylene for building lugged frames, but it does have advantages for fillet brazing. Propane is relatively cheap and long lasting and widely available for a small cylinder deposit. I use a 11kg cylinder. Smaller ones are OK but I have found the larger cylinder more stable, especially when using a gas fluxer, I don’t know why. Storing the smallest size cylinders of practical use of any flammable gas is common sense.

Welding and Brazing Equipment Suppliers

I have at sometime used the services of most of the suppliers listed below:

Gas UK, Contract free gases and a range of welding supplies.
Tel: 0800 133 7490
Gas UK,
Unit 6/7 Haydock Lane,
St Helens,
WA11 9UY

Hobbyweld, Contract free gases, nationwide agents for local collection.
Tel: 0800 433 4331

Ryval Gas, Contract free oxygen and other welding gases. Home delivery only. also a range of equipment.
Redfield Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2UJ

Weldability-sif, extensive range of welding equipment and consumables, including gas fluxers. Access via The Bicycle Academy and support a framebuilding school

The Welders Warehouse, General welding supplies

Weld UK, General welding supplies

Cheltenham Welding supplies (Noz-Alls Ltd), General welding supplies and the only place I have been able to find propane gas economisers.

Rapid Welding and Industrial supplies Ltd., General welding supplies, including single stage propane regulators with gauges.

Plasmatech, suppliers of gas fluxers

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

I seem to recall someone once telling me “Health and Safety is everyone’s problem, or should that be responsibility”.
When we attend framebuilding and welding courses we take health and safety measures for granted. Personal Protective Equipment, known as PPE, though I call it Personal Protective equipment, is provided and safety instructions administered. When at home it is only too easy to neglect the safety measures we know we should be following. We still have a duty of care to ourselves, family and neighbours for the potential consequences of our hobby.