Glassblowing Pre-Mix Burner/Torch

Chemical Engineering

Accession Number: 2017.che.53

Description:

This is an orange-coloured burner with three gas inlets, two of which converge before reaching the burner. Where they converge, there is a metal knob with a threaded hole in it. The burner stands on a four-legged base with various holes punched through in order to store additional rods. On each side of the burner there are large black knobs which move independently.

The torch of the burner consists of a large tube that is tapered at one end to an opening. A narrow rod emerges through the open end of this tube. The tube can be adjusted or removed by unscrewing it. The head of the burner can be tilted on a joint that is fixed in place by two large bolts.

Primary Materials:

Metal: Iron Alloy, Copper Alloy, Plastic

Markings:

On the central bar of the burner: “INCREASE HEAT”

Above each of the gas intakes: “GAS” “OXY” “AIR”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 21, Width = 19, Length = 16.5.

Function:

This item is a torch to enable the mixing of gasses (gas, air, and oxygen) prior to their burning for use in glassblowing.

Condition:

Fair. The object appears to have most of its parts, although a piece may be missing from the adjustment knob above the converging gas intake attachments. Some of the metal pieces are rusty or corroded, particularly the small metal rods where they have been exposed to the air. The surface of the object is dirty and dusty.

Provenance:

This item was donated by Professor Paul Jowlabar in Fall 2017. Jowlabar collected it from the Department of Chemical Engineering.

  • Donated to UTSIC