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    Posted 10 years ago

    jackofallt…
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    Coke can added for size reference . Salesman sample ? This device was used by plumbers or anyone really to heat stuff up in a hurry . The catch is you fill it up with gasoline and then fill the ring at the top with gasoline and light it . Sometime before it goes kaaboom ! you open the valve at rear and the now pressurized gasoline comes spraying out . So you get out your matches and set it on fire again ! If everything goes right you begin work .or maybe you run around yelling help ! help ! put me out !
    I've never had the guts to try it but I would like to know more about it . It is very small (as quarter should indicate )and kind of a cool man cave item .When it was made and value would be nice to know too . Thanks ,Jack

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    1. SteffiFitz SteffiFitz, 10 years ago
      I like your description! the label is in very bad condition. I have seen some of these up for auction on ebay for around $10.00 and good condition. There is another one out there with the label that reads "Alcohol" instead of "Gasoline", the "Alcohol" label gets more - approx. $30.00. I would like to know what other people have seen about these torches from Lenk MFG CO in Newton, Mass.
    2. SteffiFitz SteffiFitz, 10 years ago
      Oh yeah, some people say it is a copper or brass blowtorch.. I think it is brass. I like to collect fire extinguishers, and typically the brass fire extinguishers were introduced early 1900s, your blowtorch may be 1920s-1930s. Still interested in other comments. :)
    3. Mathias Rodriguez, 10 years ago
      I actually bought one of these at a thrift store last month. It is in much worse shape, but mine was full, however when I bought it. It is Kerosene/Gasoline and it had the original wick.

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