Propane vs Butane Torches

A lot of controversy has drawn over something that seems insignificant, like using a propane or butane torch. Let’s put the record straight, though, which is the right one? A butane torch or a torch with a propane variant?


A torch’s job is to heat the titanium nail or quartz banger as fast as possible and as conveniently as possible. Both can fulfil the role excellently, whether it’s butane or propane that you’re burning. Propane and butane are very similar; all are hydrocarbons and are sold in liquid compressed petroleum gas (LPG). Similarly, both attain nearly equal temperatures when burning under room conditions; propane reaches 3,540 degrees F and butane reaches 3,578 F.

The Cleanest Burn

People still say that one of these gases burns “cleaner” than the other, but is all of that true? Atmospheric conditions, it turns out, perform a much more significant role in combustion than hydrocarbons. Both propane and butane can burn entirely with ample oxygen and pressure, leaving only water and carbon dioxide. In the everyday world, though, no gas may purely burn 100 percent with its shifting situations. That’s because when you burn, tiny quantities of carbon “soot” and carbon monoxide will also be created, particularly at higher altitudes.

Ultimately, however, when it comes to dabbing, this claim is null and void. Where dabbing varies from burning a butane lighter joint or conventional bong in that the flame is added before inhaling. Your torch is switched off long before you can inhale any toxic by-products, with some nails and bangers holding the heat for you.

Which is more safe?

Butane does have the advantage when it comes to general safety. The other safety issue is the danger of combustion, beyond the apparent fire threat that both gases pose when ignited. Pressurized tanks containing flammable gases can combust if stored improperly or exposed to extreme heat or sunshine. It offers a less dangerous choice in this respect, with butane under much less strain than propane.

Price and Disponibility

This is likely to be the determining variables with which to go for gas. What’s the point, after all, of purchasing a good torch if it’s pricey and difficult to refill? What gas is the cheapest and most available to you would primarily rely on the atmosphere you live in. The most significant benefit that propane has over butane is that it can always ignite at extremely low temperatures. On the other side, when the temperature is below zero, butane ceases igniting entirely. Therefore, propane would probably be the cheapest and most available gas if you live in a very cold or rural area. Conversely, butane would generally be your better bet if you live in a more metropolitan or urban setting.

The question is not, which is better for dabbing until it is said and done. Both of them perform their work identically. The question is clearly which to get your hands on is the easiest for you. Finally, there’s still E-Rigs and E-Nails systems to look at if you want to escape the problem entirely.

E appliances and smart equipment such as the Focus V Carta use an electrical heating system, totally bypassing the dab torch and offering you peace of mind. No more struggling to measure whether the nail is too hot or not hot enough, no more sweating and no risk of unintended burning over a dab torch. Dabbing is achieved seamlessly with the right e-rig.

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