About a month ago, the weather was pretty nice and thought I would BBQ for the first time of the year. The Weber was still packed up for the winter, so I decided to use a little Hibachi-style grill that I bought a while back at a thrift store. I lit the tiny little grill and started the charcoals when the weather turned bad and got extremely windy. I was cooking burgers and the wind was strong enough that the grill could barely heat up. So I went inside and got a heat gun and made a little windbreak and cooked the burgers with the heat gun held over the coals. They turned out great. You might want to try a heat gun for the same applications that you use a propane torch. They are electric and don't spit out those little carbon pieces that sometimes build up on a torchhead. I have yet to try it on a creme brulee or Baked Alaska, but I believe they would work just fine. Mine cost @ 30.00 and has adjustable heat from 220F to 1100F. (It also comes with a warning that it is NOT TO BE USED TO DRY HAIR!!!!). lol.