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Acetylene vs Propane for Cutting

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Uglydog:
I'm on the front end of this investigation.
But am considering a transition from Oxy Acetylene cutting to Oxy Propane.
Wondering if anyone here has any strong opinions or experiences.
I'm thinking of adding a panto cutter to my existing track torch options and wondering if I should integrate propane at the same time.
Opinions?
Feature/Benefits?
Downsides?

Thanks,
Daryl
MN

jpigg55:
I'm no expert on the subject, but propane is cheaper and more readily available than acetylene. Oxy-Acetylene does burn hotter.
I'd guess a lot of the decision will depend on what you use your torch for, be it cutting, welding, heating, etc.
I did find this article: https://vernlewis.com/acetylene-vs-propane-the-pros-and-cons/

Uglydog:
Yes, all of what you've identified is accurate.
It works well for cutting up vehicles and chunking off slabs, and I liked it better than the petrogen set ups I've used.
However, I've never attempted any "precision" cuts and have not found any documentation on the quality of cuts and their edges.

Daryl
MN

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