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Old 2014-11-17, 3:40pm
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My old darling CC sort of got sick and needs to go to the hospital so I hooked up the Cricket I have had and it is so different. I am getting used to it, but I have noticed at the base of the torch just where the flames come out there seems to be a "sparky" looking flame buildup type thing (carbon??) and I have to take my tool and periodically very carefully "swipe" these little bits of flame or whatever they are away and the candles seem to be a wee bit irregular at times.
Is this normal?? Please anyone help!?? It is a brand new torch. I have a 8lpm oxycon. Thank you!
Oh, and can I send my CC back to Carlisle and get it "refurbished" I love that torch!
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Old 2014-11-17, 3:56pm
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Sounds like it just needs a cleaning with the cleaning wire that comes with it.
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Old 2014-11-17, 6:29pm
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Thank you! I did do that. Do they have a "breaking in" period. That is what my son said. HE said it was just burning off "stuff". My CC never did this. I miss my CC...
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Old 2014-11-17, 6:38pm
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I'd contact the manufacturer to be sure.
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Old 2014-11-19, 5:01am
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I have the same torch, and in the first few months, there was indeed quite a bit of carbon buildup. The seller had warned me of this, that these torches are known for it. I flick it off (not that carefully actually, just scraping along the holes with pliers while the torch is on). I also tap on the end of the torch with a metal tool while it is burning, and you can see small sparks flying off. And when it got too bad, I would clean it with the cleaning wire.
It became less and less over time.

I now have a second one, and it does the same thing. I'm pretty sure it will wear off.
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Old 2014-11-20, 5:52am
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thank you!! I can relax a little bit now. I like it, kinda. But I sure miss my Mini CC and I am thinking already that this cricket won't be for me. I bought it months ago, tried to sell it, then my CC sort of died, and I am glad I have the cricket now. Getting used to it. IT does melt glass! I just miss the bushy flame, and the ports seem to be closer together or something on the cricket. Thank you so much! I have heard that if you run a "short" flame it gets this carbon build up more, so I turned my flame up higher, and not so much but it's still there.
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Old 2014-11-20, 3:10pm
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Back off a bit on the propane - that might help. My Bobcat gets a small spark or two if I am working for a while. I just flick it off, and then make sure I clean the ports with the wire when I am done. I clean mine every time I torch.
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Old 2014-11-20, 9:50pm
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I've had a cricket for years, I love it. it occasionally has a little build up, I clean it off with a tool and go right back to what I was in the middle of sculpting.
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Old 2014-11-21, 6:23pm
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Thanks guys! It is just mildly annoying. I suppose I will get used to it. I am relieved that it isn't a major problem.
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Old 2014-11-21, 8:51pm
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It helps if you don't work too close to the torch head too.
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Old 2014-11-22, 7:56am
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I have a small brass brush to clean mine after doing heavy reducing. I very seldom have to use the wire.
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Old 2014-11-22, 2:10pm
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Have been using the Scorpion for a number of years which has the Cricket as the center fire. Have zero carbon build up. The answer, in my case, is natural gas as the fuel of choice.
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Old 2016-04-08, 7:45am
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what is gas mixture for the cricket? I have been away for awhile and can't find my notes.
L/min from oxycon and lbs propane.
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Old 2016-04-08, 12:33pm
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For the largest flame, my notes say 5.5 L/min oxygen and 1/4 to 5 psi propane for the Cricket

http://www.glasstorchtech.com/GTT%20...te%20Chart.pdf
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Old 2016-04-09, 7:04am
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Thank you the chart is great. I will feel more confident when I fire it up.
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Old 2016-04-09, 11:23am
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Nice chart. I was checking it to see if the Nortel ones were on there, and was looking at the torch names. I love some of the torch names.
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