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butane for creme brulee torch

post #1 of 10
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I got a creme brulee torch (crate and barrel) as a gift but it did not come with the butane. Crate and barrel does not sell the butane. I got one from bed bath beyond but it does not fit. Any ideas on where to get this so I can make some creme brulee? I prefer using torch rather than broiler
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post #2 of 10
Unlike propane, which comes with a standard fitting, butane comes with several different ones.

Check out a tobacco shop or, if there's a back-country type shop near you, they'll have it. Bring the torch with you, though, to confirm that you're getting the right size.

Just as an aside, I had bought one of those butane torches awhile ago. Was not happy with it, for several reasons, and went back to propane.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #3 of 10
I use Iwatani Butane Torch and the butane canisters are readily available at restaurant supply store
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post #4 of 10
I buy mine at the drugstore
post #5 of 10
Afraid you got off on the wrong foot...

Go to your local hardware store and buy a plumber's small Bernz-O-Matic propane torch. Probably about $12, and the tanks - which will scorch probably 200-300 cremes brulee - are about $4. And they always fit. :bounce:

And you're all set to do your own copper plumbing work. ;)

Mike
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post #6 of 10
>And you're all set to do your own copper plumbing work. ;)<

And scorch the skins on peppers, and light the charcoal for grilling, and tighten the skin on fish, and......

Oh yeah, melt the sugar on a creme brulee.

A propane torch is incredibly useful when it comes to cookery.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #7 of 10
If you buy a standard "propane" torch, make SURE it will operate in positions other than upright!

Many standatd torches will go out if you tip them too far or invert them.
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post #8 of 10
That's true, Pete. The solution is to be sure and get a torch with an adjustible tip.

So long as the gas bottle remains generally upright I can direct the flame in any direction.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #9 of 10
The "Iwatani" is usable in virtually ANY position AND the butane canisters fit a majority of the butane portable burners as well.

I use it extensively in my restaurant and on catering gigs.
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post #10 of 10
I get my butane at the hardware store.
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