At 11:17 AM 2002-08-06 -0400, Richard M. Gillingham wrote:
>Prestolyte is acetylene..made by combining water and calcium carbide.
>Used by welders and plumbers.. Mapp is a petroeum dirivative as is
>propane.. Can't get a flame as hot as with acetylene...
>Y'all be careful, hear..
That is what the miners of old did, for the lamps on their hats. A big
step up from candles on the timbers. However, I think that the gas is now
available compressed in cylinders. A US company, now swalled by another US
company made its start on such, Union Carbide.
But if you use the carbide and water method "Y'all be careful, ... " and
better be, just ask me.
A friedn made a boom can and almost lost his eye sight.
Chris opr VE7HCB