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View Poll Results: Is your torching affected by the weather?
Yes, I cannot torch at all if the temperature is too hot outside. 69 22.62%
Yes, I cannot torch during the extreme cold of the winter 53 17.38%
The weather doesn't affect me 86 28.20%
The weather limits me, but I work through it somehow 97 31.80%
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Old 2011-08-21, 6:12pm
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PaulaD I know that feeling on Leetes Island.

Now I'm having melt downs its just getting to hot here in FL.
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Old 2011-08-29, 10:20pm
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It just gets so hot and humid here in Virginia Beach.

Even though I have air conditioning, it gets way too hot for me in the
Summer to make beads. I can make my Murrini, Twisties, and Stringers
for my Etsy Shop, but if I turn on my kiln, the studio temp just gets way
too high for me to be comfortable.

So I torch all year round, but I only make beads in the late Fall, Winter, and
early Spring.
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Old 2011-08-30, 12:03am
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Usually I can take the heat... but this is the first year I experienced a summer like this, two months of over 100 F heats... not whole lotta torching going on. I make murrini for the request, and when it is done, my torching is pretty much done too. I cant wait for the summer to cool down a tad, so I can actually try few things Ive had in my mind for a while. I am not really worried about getting too hot torching, but my husband doesnt like me warming up the whole house, since the ventilation sucks all the cool air out in no time. Energy bill was already pretty steep... over $600 for the month of July. So torching would be no for him men...
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Old 2011-08-30, 2:18am
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I am in Perth, on a balcony. I just moved from Arizona so I don't know how it will b all year year. So far it has been cold and rainy a lot. On the dry days the wind has been very challenging, whipping the flame around and many of my beads have cracked (thermal shock?) Also lots of carbon deposits. (don't know why that has started) I'm also nervous because I don't know what my neighbors are going to say when they find out. Gas Bar b Que's are allowed but I didn't ask if lamp working is I can plug in my kiln very close and have my O2 concentrator on an extension cord
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Old 2011-12-26, 8:28pm
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I have just joined this forum, am a new lampworker and have recently moved to Bali from Canada. I think I may be screwed. My stuff just arrived befor xmas and I have some homework to do in regards to hot head torch, (which I used with propane fat boy tanks) and the type of gas I will be able to source here in Bali. Also, in a brilliant moment, befor I left canada, I thought it might be a good idea to buy a new, more powerful torch. So i bought a nortel mid range. If anyone out there can advise me, in any direction whatsoever, I would be forever grateful!
What I haven't told is that my Husband is to blame for this trip into glass mania! He talked me into taking a lampwork intro class, and , Yup! he has paid ever since!!!!!!!!
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Old 2011-12-29, 5:15pm
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Jeannie, I'm guessing the weather in Bali is similar to the weather here, in Hawaii? Hot and humid with the occasional tropical breeze? What's funny is that you're south of the equator so instead of being cooler and breezier right now you're just starting your summer.

All I can say is I either don't torch during the summer or I wait until after 10pm or before 6am. Last August that was the only way I could get my torching in.

I use an oxycon and because of that the flame isn't as forceful as it would be with tanked oxy, and having any fans on pointed toward me the flame flutters around like a crazy drunk making it impossible to accurately heat my beads. If it's hot and I can't use a fan, I am in a world of hurt. I tried putting a fan under my workbench pointing up my skirt, and that helped a little and didn't cause too much flame fluttering, but it was my only fan so I had to keep taking it out from under the table when I moved around the house. Next summer I'm going to buy myself another fan to keep under the table!
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Old 2011-12-30, 3:15am
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I work in my cellar - usually 5-8 am, so I miss the heat of the day in the summer. Occasionally in the winter - if it's bitter cold - I give up. During the winter I wear a coat and hat
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Old 2012-01-06, 10:05am
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So Cal is usually ideal for glass work-but I draw the line at 100F. Usually if it is that hot we are having windy Santa Ana conditions too. My studio is unable to have a space heater or A/C on at the same time as my kiln and oxycon due to power issues. It isn't a problem in winter but during the summer I only work from about 7-8 am to 3pm if the temps are much over 90F.
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Old 2012-01-08, 4:40pm
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I don't like to lampwork in the garage when the temperature is below 40

degrees. Lots of breaking rods and cracking beads

The garage is unfinished and I have a space heater on either side of my chair.

Time to work on jewelry............

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Old 2012-01-09, 11:48am
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And here I thought I was the only one dealing with temperature. I work in a unfinished basement. Have to open the windows to torch.

I don't torch in the winter unless it is over 50, I can handle colder but I worry about the oxygen concentrator. In the summer, I worry about the excessive humidity here in the south, not sure that is good for the oxy con either.

You can wrap up to stay warm and the torch does warm me some. But torching nekid in the summer...just not too smart...LOL Can't take enough off.
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Old 2012-01-09, 6:53pm
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Kind of lucky here in the Bay Area - summers tend to be fairly cool and winters are not too harsh; but when it gets colder than 50 in my uninsulated garage, I (like others here) worry about my oxycons.
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I used to torch in the garage until my husband built me a dream studio in the house. Perfect temperature year round. Love that man!
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Old 2012-01-15, 4:01pm
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In subtropical Oz, winter's not an issue. If I'm batch annealing, then I just have to make sure the crockie's well and truly heated before I start working.
Summer work can get really hot, though - I'm in a tin garden shed, but I have a fan at my back, which helps. I finally also got around to putting towelling on my duct-tape armrests, which helps immensely. Sticking to armrests isn't a good thing at all!

Weather-wise, I do have an issue with really high humidity, though. When it's really wet air, accompanied by heavy rain, for some reason, the Effetre Clears soot up much more easily. I can't explain it - but I suspect it's to do with how the HH works in these conditions. The variables involved, however would be mind-boggling, so I don't think much about it too much
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Now that I have relocated to So Florida my torching will be done in the "winter" months because it is just too hot in the summer. Torching in the garage and on the back lanai.
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Old 2015-10-20, 8:21pm
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My friends and I started torching in August outside in Florida. So, we can obviously handle heat.
Rain makes things fun, especially for bead release.
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