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Torch Striker Made Using Ignitor From Old Torpedo-Style Space Heater
Torch strikers are a pain in the neck to use, especially as they get older and become less reliable, so I made my own low-cost ignitor from an old torpedo-style space heater. It operates on 110-volt electricity. I keep it on my welding table where itís always handy.
  I removed the ignitor and transformer from the heater as a one-piece unit and placed the transformer inside an electrical box. I ran the unitís wiring out through connectors to the ignitor, which I bolted to the outside of the box. I also mounted a push button on top of the box.
  To light my cutting torch, I just hold it up to the ignitor and press the button, creating an arc that ignites the gas. Itís easy to use and reliable. (John Stuber, DeSoto, Mo.)


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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2