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Old 2014-02-16, 12:35pm
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Default 5lpm oxy with minor ?

I have worked with 10 psi 5 lpm machine and carlisse mini cc for years. My new torch is a minor with 5 lpm oxy con. I just can't get the colors or reactions I used to with the carlise. Any suggestions? A second oxy con?
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Old 2014-02-16, 3:00pm
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Just a question...
Why did you switch from the Mini CC to a Minor?
I just sent my 10 y/o Mini to Carlisle and they repaired and said it is as good as new. Can't wait to get it back.
I used my old Minor and it was so slow.
Had a friend a few years ago needed two oxy cons when she switched from tanked oxy.
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Old 2014-02-17, 10:37am
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Just a question...
Why did you switch from the Mini CC to a Minor?
I just sent my 10 y/o Mini to Carlisle and they repaired and said it is as good as new. Can't wait to get it back.
I used my old Minor and it was so slow.
Had a friend a few years ago needed two oxy cons when she switched from tanked oxy.
lost other torch in studio items removed w/o my permission, minor was a loving gift from Ernie Wagner. So you feel the minor slow?
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Old 2014-02-17, 7:57pm
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could lack of flame be to oxy-con? How can I test oxy flow, it reads 5 lpm and apears to work fine.
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Old 2014-02-17, 8:34pm
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I find the minor takes some getting used to - the heat is less intense, even on tanks. But plenty if people make great beads on them.
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Old 2014-02-18, 9:26am
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I use a minor and a 5lpm, but recent added a second 5 to it, and noticed a big difference. My oxy's don't have to work as hard to give me more pure oxy. I can let them sit at 3-4 rather than trying to push 5 which is really less pure.
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Old 2014-02-18, 9:28am
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Better steady glow also. My older concentrator was starting to 'breathe' after a few hours.

I hooked them together with clear plastic tubing that cost less than 5$
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Old 2014-02-19, 9:43am
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I had that set up and I just played with my flame atmosphere to get different effects. It also seemed to depend where I was in he flame, that is closer tot he candles or further out.
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Old 2014-02-21, 2:28pm
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I have a minor on an M-15 now but I ran it on a 5 lpm oxycon for years. It is a big difference. I wouldn't want to go back to the 5lpm unless I absolutely had to.

If you work small, the carlisle is nice because the flame is tighter and a bit hotter. I like the minor because I work sculptural and kinda big and the ambient heat and softer flame is good for that.

Even so, the minor on the 5 lpm oxycon was slow even for me.
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Old 2014-02-22, 2:30am
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Mary you are so funny! I'm betting one day I'll sound like you too though! I did the hot head for 10 years so the minor with 5lpm was like the smallest hottest flame ever! I could not imagine more heat from that torch for the longest time, but even hooking up the two 5's and seeing the difference... I see it now. Can't imagine how to use a flame that tight with all that heat though! We have a mega minor I want to hook up for that nice broad flame. One of these days I'll cave and get a 15 20... Hell even a 10!
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Old 2014-02-22, 2:24pm
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I only spent about 3 years on the hothead. I liked it! When I switched to the minor on the 5 lpm oxycon I took 6 weeks re-learning everything. It was TERRIBLE! There was a learning curve with the M-15 but nothing like that! Whew!
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