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Old 2021-02-10, 6:29pm
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Question Hot Head at elevation?

Hello y’all,

I live most of the year basically at sea level, but we do spend our summers in Colorado at our summer place. Elevation 9000 feet. Do any of y’all live at a similar elevation and use a hot head or similar torch? Just wondering if the less oxygen would affect the performance.

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Melissa
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Old 2021-02-11, 12:06am
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It shouldn't be all that much different.

Humans have a pretty tight range of oxygen comfort zones and a hot head is going to tolerate a much greater range than us animals so anything you are breathing in should be fine.

Could take just a smidgeon longer to get to temp but I don't think you would actually notice it.

The hot head doesn't really lend itself for reduction or oxidation techniques if i remember rightly so you should be good to go.
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Old 2021-02-11, 6:15am
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People and animals adapt - well, some people do. But a torch has fixed parameters and can’t adapt. I’m really looking for feedback from a bead maker that lives at a higher elevation and their experience. I wish I had the room for a more complex set up there, but I don’t. I know the HH isn’t as efficient a torch, but it’s better than no torch.
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Old 2021-02-11, 8:10am
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I live in Colorado at 7500 feet. I used a hothead for a bit and it was slow but doable. It does tend to have issues with reducing so I struggled with some colors. I think the key is picking colors that aren't too sensitive. Oxycons also don't work as well at high altitude either. I had to use two 5 liters tied together to get a good flame on a bobcat.
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Old 2021-02-11, 9:06am
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I live in Colorado at 7500 feet. I used a hothead for a bit and it was slow but doable. It does tend to have issues with reducing so I struggled with some colors. I think the key is picking colors that aren't too sensitive. Oxycons also don't work as well at high altitude either. I had to use two 5 liters tied together to get a good flame on a bobcat.
Thanks for the info!
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