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    Default Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Got one off eBay for a quid, seems to pump up ok and the jet is clear. There's a little recess with some wadding under where the flame begins, I take it I have to perform some kind of pre-heating ritual with paraffin (or meths?) before it vapourises?

    Just off to B&Q to get some paraffin


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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    And a small amount of methylated spirit. The meths burns cleanly to heat up the vapouriser to get it started and leaves no soot.

    Fill the main container with paraffin to about 3/4s full, not full to the top.
    In the centre of the container at the top is an annular depression that will hold a few cc's of meths. light the meths and leave it to burn almost till its finished, then start pumping the plunger. BE CAREFUL THE THING COULD WORK LIKE A FLAME THROWER.

    It means that the vapouriser is not hot enough and you will need to start again with more meths in the annular depression.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    New cooker Zanx?

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Pre-heat the vaporiser with a gas torch haha!!

    Anyway- You're supposed to call it a blow lamp while in old git mode.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    May I suggest .. Carefully?

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    I'd suggest you light it out of doors until you get used to it. It works on the same principle as primus stoves ( so whysub isn't far off the mark ) and sometimes the joints can get damaged over time, causing a certain amount of excitement if the paraffin burns from there.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Question for old Zanx's.....what's a gimmer?

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Quote Originally Posted by protoborg View Post
    And a small amount of methylated spirit. The meths burns cleanly to heat up the vapouriser to get it started and leaves no soot.

    Fill the main container with paraffin to about 3/4s full, not full to the top.
    In the centre of the container at the top is an annular depression that will hold a few cc's of meths. light the meths and leave it to burn almost till its finished, then start pumping the plunger. BE CAREFUL THE THING COULD WORK LIKE A FLAME THROWER.

    It means that the vapouriser is not hot enough and you will need to start again with more meths in the annular depression.
    There should also be a flow control valve, close it off to begin with and open it slowly once you've done 10 or so pumps.

    Good blow torches will supply just enough heat to the main reservoir to maintain pressure till it the paraffin is finished, Others you need to pump every now and then.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy Dog View Post
    Question for old Zanx's.....what's a gimmer?
    A ewe that's been clipped once.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Quote Originally Posted by ink ink View Post
    A ewe that's been clipped once.
    A ewe that hasn't been tupped.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    A ewe that hasn't been tupped.
    We still called them gimmers if they'd been tupped once. Could be a regional variation.

    Gimmers were noticeably worse mothers than the older ewes.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    A ewe that hasn't been tupped.
    what, old Cecil missed one?


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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Footrot Flats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ink ink View Post
    We still called them gimmers if they'd been tupped once. Could be a regional variation.
    I expect so.

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    Default Re: Question for old gimmers. How do I light a paraffin blow torch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiktionary
    Etymology

    From Old Norse gymbr one year old ewe lamb.
    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Dictionary
    (literal) a ewe that is too old to bear young

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