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What type of propane torch do you recommend for shrinking bulging elements?

If a heating element bulges out of a sidewall firebrick groove, you should repair it as soon as possible. Heat the element with a propane torch until the element is red hot. Then shrink it into place with needle-nose pliers.

You can purchase a propane torch from a home improvement center. Buy the type that has a push-button igniter. When you press the button, a blue flame appears. When you release the button, the flame goes out.

For element maintenance, do not use the older manual propane torches. Turning them on and off is awkward. You first turn a knob to start the flow of propane and then hold a match under the nozzle.



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