MAP/PRO Cylinder and Propane Gas Cylinder

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  1. Jibbs

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    Hello all

    Am looking to buy a Gas Cylinder and Fire Torch all in one for soldering. Just wanted to know what's the difference between MAP/ PRO Cylinder and a Propane Gas Cylinder? Sorry if it sounds like a stupid question. Tried to Google it but ebay/amazon/bandq/ etc product prices come up and no information what so ever.

    Thank you
     
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    map gas is hotter, so it heats the fitting quicker. However this might sound like a benefit and you'll get different answers from different people, its personal preference, and personally I find you just end up overheating the joint, if your doing big stuff then mapp comes into its own, but its propane all the way for me.
     
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    I prefer MAPP myself... small flame wont over heat the fitting... but get a self lighting torch with an adjustable flame.


    And turn the gas off when you put the torch away. Twice I have filled my van with gas, which luckily didn't ignite.
     
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    Haha yeah i have heard stories of leaking cylinders in the van. Driver smoking cigarette - next thing you know your feet are on fire!!
     
  6. if you are a diyer i would avoid the mapp gas as said it is hotter which is fine when you know what you are doing but you can easily overheat the joint and burn the flux away and it wont solder.
     
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    +1 to propane unless... as gs1985 says ;)
     
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    I'm half way through my NvQ Level 2 Plumbing qualification. To me gas is gas. Have just always wondered about this. Good to finally find out
     
  10. Fair enough
    plumb centre are currently doing a rothenberger kit for reasonable price I bought 1 last week I only changed to mapp gas last year
     
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    Thanks, i'll check out their website
     
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