Air-gas burners: the seven best offers + selection criteria and tips for use

Vasily Borutsky
Checked by a specialist: Vasily Borutsky
Author: Alina Zlobina
Last update: May 2019

Many operations performed during repair, construction and roofing work require exposure to high temperatures. It is about heating, drying, soldering, firing, fusion of various elements. For these purposes, a multifunctional improvised tool is needed - a gas-air burner.

The market offers many options for equipment for flame treatment. We will talk about their device, the pros and cons of the tool. We will give useful recommendations on the selection and use of burners, consider the most popular and popular models.

TOP 7 best modifications

HS burners, operating on the principle of burning a mixture of air and propane-butane, are called portable torches. They work from a gas cylinder, are affordable, have a simple design, compact dimensions and light weight, do not cause difficulties in operation.

Due to reliability, safety and a sufficiently high efficiency, mobile burners are widely used not only in construction. They are used to solve all kinds of domestic, economic, industrial problems.

DHW burner in action
The principle of operation of the equipment is simple: a combustible substance under pressure is supplied to the valve through a hose, enters the mixing zone with air, after which the nozzle releases a flame onto the surface to be treated through a glass (mouthpiece)

Despite the general similarity, burners differ in certain features, technical characteristics, can be equipped with additional functions, have a narrower or wider purpose.

One of the compact types of equipment are gas spray gunsattracting by its small size and mobility. To solve one-off problems, manufacturers have proposed a number of mini burner, which in everyday life find a wide front of application.

Each model has its own advantages and disadvantages.Products are used in almost all types of work where there is a need to heat the material.

Based on the feedback from real users and the opinions of industry experts, we have selected seven of the best modifications produced by various foreign and domestic manufacturers.

1st place - DONMET GV 231

One of the universal models of the plant of autogenous equipment, designed for household and domestic work. The cost of a product positioned as an economy class varies from 800-900 rubles.

Burner DONMET GV 231
The handle of the device is made of solid wood. It is convenient to work with her for a long time. Advanced valve extends device life, maintains maintainability

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.3 kg;
  • product length - 40 cm;
  • combustible substance - methane / propane;
  • gas consumption - 1-1.3 m³ / h;
  • working pressure - 0.07-0.2 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.6 cm;
  • cup diameter - 3.5 cm.

Thanks to the improved design of the mouthpiece, the burner has increased resistance to wind, low weight, provides complete combustion of fuel. The principle of its operation does not differ from similar models. It is based on the intake of external air and forced gas supply.

Using an open flame formed by the burner, the metal elements are heated, the reinforced concrete panels and masonry are dried, bent polymer pipes, melt bitumen materials.

The maximum heating temperature is up to 700 ° C. The heat flux in the device is 9.6 / 23.2 kW, which depends on the type of gas used.

Among the disadvantages of the burner, a limited radius of work is noted due to the short length of the gas supply tube. However, it is worth considering that compact dimensions give additional advantages when processing hard-to-reach areas.

2nd place - KRASS GV-100-P

The Russian brand burner is available with a lever fuel supply system, thanks to which it is possible to work in an economical "standby" mode. The average cost of a product on the market is about 700 rubles.

Crasser model HB burners
The gas supply lever is positioned so that it can be easily adjusted with one hand. The handle is made of heat-resistant plastic. The convenient shape of the handle greatly facilitates the process of performing work

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.37 kg;
  • product length - 51 cm;
  • combustible substance - propane-butane mixture;
  • gas consumption - 0.57 m³ / h;
  • working pressure - 0.15 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.63-0.9 cm;
  • cup diameter - 3.5 cm.

An injection-type burner is used for heating and soldering ferrous / non-ferrous metal workpieces, drying foundry molds, firing an old paintwork at home or at work.

Often the device is used for indirect purposes. For example, heating automobile engines at low external temperatures, singeing animal skins in agriculture.

In general, users characterize the burner as a durable, wear-resistant and easy-to-use device. It provides instant heating, has optimal weight and dimensions, made of stainless steel and brass. There are no significant minuses in this model.

3rd place - Sievert Turboroofer 60

The SIEVERT turboroofer model is a professional hot water burner manufactured in Estonia. Its price is much higher than other devices participating in the rating, and is about 4000 rubles.

This amount is justified by the absolute safety, high power and reliability of the equipment, with which you can ensure the continuity of various processes in construction and industry.

Device brand SIEVERT
The device has several combustion modes - pilot, working, pulsating, constant. The kit includes a handle with a regulator, a curved tube, a nozzle and a stand

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.92 kg;
  • product length - 80 cm;
  • combustible substance - propane;
  • gas consumption - 8.25 m³ / h;
  • working pressure - 0.4 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.6-0.9 cm;
  • glass diameter - 6 cm.

The feature of the device is an improved wind protection system, which gives significant advantages when welding in difficult weather conditions. The burner creates a powerful flame flow, which is controlled by two valves and a trigger that switches the operating modes. The heat flow in the equipment reaches 140 kW.

The case is made of stainless steel and special materials with zinc coating. The reduced weight of the titanium tips helps to reduce the load on the body during painstaking, lengthy work.

The SIEVERT burner is considered one of the most ergonomic tools in its category.

The model is designed for heating roofing materials before reflow, drying surfaces, various road, waterproofing and other bulky work requiring a powerful flame. The only drawback is the high cost.

4th place - Svarog GV-111

The Svarog valve-type manual injector burner helps to cope with almost all types of work requiring flame treatment - heating and soldering surfaces, drying the roof, surfacing of materials, repairing joints and joining points of the roof, cleaning from old paint.

The approximate price of the product is 500-600 rubles.

Burner SVAROG 111
The convenient location of the valve makes it easy to adjust the gas flow. The arrows on the plastic handwheel indicate the direction of rotation when opening / closing the valve block. This eliminates the possibility of errors during adjustment.

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.42 kg;
  • product length - 93 cm;
  • combustible substance - propane;
  • gas consumption - 2.2 m³ / h;
  • working pressure - 0.25 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.6-0.9 cm;
  • cup diameter - 5 cm.

The burner is equipped with a practical handle made of composite polymer materials, which are characterized by high refractoriness and strength. Good combustion power is achieved due to the thoughtful design of the device.

As the disadvantages of the product indicate a sufficiently high gas flow rate, the absence of piezo-ignition.

5th place - Foxweld Corundum GWP-1000R

The GV model of the burner of the Italian brand is an example of excellent quality and good functionality. It costs about 800-1000 rubles.

HB model of the burner brand Foxweld
The burner produces a steady flame with a temperature of 1100 to 1900 ° C, which is controlled by a lever. A similar mechanism allows you to precisely control the amount of gas, the length of the flame, switch the device from working to standby mode, adjusting the currently needed force. Maximum heat flow power - 80 kW

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.66 kg;
  • product length - 100 cm;
  • combustible substance - propane-butane;
  • gas consumption - 4.5 kg / h;
  • working pressure - 0.1-0.2 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.6-0.9 cm;
  • glass diameter - 6 cm.

The device is equipped with a large nozzle, which allows for large-scale roofing. The tool is indispensable in the repair and construction of roofs, curtain structures, used for soldering, heating, drying and melting materials.

It is also used for road works, burning grass. Due to the sufficient length of the hose, it covers a fairly wide radius. The main structural parts of the device are made of metal and stainless steel. It is convenient to work with this burner, standing upright.

Subject to all operating conditions regulated by the manufacturer, the equipment serves for a long time even in the case of regular use. It is covered by a 12-month warranty. Significant disadvantages of the hot water burner from Foxweld were not found.

6th place - REDIUS GV-211-P

The burner of the Russian trademark Radius is characterized by users as an effective, reliable and safe device for the fire processing of various materials. The product costs about 800 rubles.

Model REDIUS GV-211-P
Most of all, the burner is suitable for soldering and heating metal products, stripping operations, deposition of rolled bitumen materials. The increased hose length facilitates the process of performing various work in hard-to-reach areas and at heights

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.59 kg;
  • product length - 90 cm;
  • combustible substance - propane;
  • gas consumption - 5 m³ / h;
  • working pressure - 0.02 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.6-0.9 cm;
  • cup diameter - 5 cm.

The model belongs to the line of high-power roof burners, presented in lever design. It is equipped with a sturdy construction, adapted for operation in harsh conditions, a practical curved shape, a removable cup, which is convenient to maintain.

In addition to the equipment, you can purchase accessories for a more comfortable and safe operation. For example, the manufacturer Redius produces special stands for hot-water burners. Among the minuses of the GV-211-R burner is a significant consumption of combustible materials.

7th place - BAMZ GVM-1

Injection HV burner of the Russian brand is easy to maintain and operate. A universal device is used in road and roofing works, for melting ice and removing weeds, repairing cable lines, heating joints before welding. The average price of a product on the market is about 1200 rubles.

BAMZ burner
The recommended range of external temperature during operation of the burner is from -15 to +45 ° C. Safety of equipment is confirmed by declarations of conformity. The model is equipped with an additional stand, which is mounted on the tip with screws at a certain distance from the glass

Performance data:

  • the mass of the device is 0.8 kg;
  • product length - 90 cm;
  • combustible substance - propane / methane;
  • gas consumption - 0.7-1.5 m³ / h;
  • working pressure - 0.1-0.3 MPa;
  • input connection - 0.6-0.9 cm;
  • cup diameter - 5 cm.

The burner provides complete combustion of gas, provides the ability to work on methane. The elongated design allows you to work comfortably in full growth without unnecessary movements. The flame intensity is regulated by a convenient lever adjacent to the handle of the device. Heating temperature - up to 500 ° С.

The list of burner minuses includes difficulties with ignition and flame adjustment, thickening of the fuel mixture in very frosty weather. However, this drawback is inherent in almost all devices of this category.

Recommendations for the selection of hot water burners

In order to choose a reliable and functional burner that would cope well with the tasks, you need to understand the features of its design and take into account several important criteria. The correctness of the choice of such a product depends on this.

Let us single out several key criteria for selecting hot water burners:

  1. The length and weight of the device.
  2. Working gas.
  3. Heat flow rate.
  4. The diameter of the mouthpiece.
  5. The method of regulating the strength of the gas flow.
  6. The method of ignition.
  7. Heating temperature.

Next, we consider in more detail the main parameters that you should look at before buying.

Cup diameter and burner length

The first thing you should pay attention to is the mouthpiece or glass mounted on the tip. It should be made of high-quality heat-resistant materials that localize the ignited flame and protect it from gusts of wind.

The diameter of the glass can be from 30 to 80 mm and is selected depending on the required fire power. The wider the glass, the more powerful and abundant the generated flame will be.

Circuit diagram of the hot water burner
The design of portable hot-water burners consists of a metal cup, a shut-off valve, an extension tube-hose through which oxygen and combustible gas are supplied, as well as a holder-holder. The device is equipped with an external air suction system

An important functional nuance is the length of the burner. Short devices up to 50 cm long are suitable for partial repair, local heating, melting of individual sections of the material. For more voluminous work, it is more advisable to choose burners from 80 cm.

Flame power and equipment weight

The next moment is the power of the gas flow to the nozzle, which determines the strength and length of the flame. Often this parameter is controlled by a valve. In some models, there is a lever valve that allows you to use the device in working and standby (standby) mode.

Adjustment of flame power in a hot water burner
In standby mode, a small flame is maintained at a minimum gas flow rate, which can significantly save fuel when there is no need to use the device at full power. In addition, torches with a lever are more convenient: they do not need to constantly unscrew and tighten the valve

Most fixtures are ignited by a regular match or lighter. Upgraded burner options are equipped with a piezoelectric element, providing a more convenient ignition.

The temperature of the exhaust flame can reach 1500 ° C or more. The maximum possible parameters are selected taking into account the intended type of work and the specific operating conditions of the burner.

Equipment for roofing is supplied with several gas-air installations - nozzles. Some products are equipped with additional nozzles for different types of operations.

The approximate weight of devices depending on the model is 0.5-1.5 kg. This parameter is influenced by the design and functional features of the device. The weight should make it easy to hold the device in hands and not cause excessive physical fatigue, which greatly limits the duration of work.

Production material and equipment

It is also necessary to look at the materials of which the burner is made. Since the device heats up to high temperatures during operation, they must be high-quality and heavy-duty.

In order not to get burns during various operations, you should carefully select the handle. It is important that the handle is equipped with a holder made of heat-resistant plastic or durable wood.

Propane gas cylinder for connection to a hot water burner
Devices differ in the type of fuel source used. Basically, the devices operate on propane or a propane-butane mixture. They show high performance, are safe and affordable. Methane serves as an alternative to propane, but it is used mainly in professional operation.

Before you purchase a device, be sure to check the reliability of the connecting hose, the tightness of the joints and joints, the integrity of the glass. Any undetected defect can lead to serious consequences.

Operating Precautions

The hot water burner, like any tool that forms a flame during operation, is a means of increased danger.

Therefore, applying it, it is necessary to observe a number of rules that will help to protect yourself and others, as well as qualitatively carry out the planned processes:

  • regularly conduct a preliminary inspection of the structure, make sure that the equipment is in good working order and that there is no risk of gas leakage due to a damaged sleeve or joints;
  • during ignition of gas, do not stand in front of the nozzle, do not direct fire towards the gas cylinder, hoses, people;
  • during the deposition of various materials, carefully control the flame, avoid excessive heating and accidental fires;
  • Do not go beyond the working space with the device;
  • don't work close gas cylinders or gas pipelines - The safe distance is at least 10 meters.

Fire extinguishers, boxes of sand should be present at the workplace to help suppress the source of fire in case of fire. If the connecting hose or glass is clogged, the appliance must not be used. This can be indicated by claps, back strokes, equipment overheating.

Having identified such problems, turn off the device by cutting off the fuel supply. Do not use wire or other sharp objects to clean the mouthpiece.

Overalls for work with a GV torch
To protect your eyes from the harmful effects of infrared and ultraviolet radiation, it is advisable to use special glasses with light filters.You need to work in clean, not oiled overalls, non-slip shoes

In addition, the device must be properly extinguished. First of all, the fuel supply is shut off, and then the lever is released.

It is not recommended to leave the tool turned on during breaks in work: it is better to extinguish the flame. If a significant break is planned, it is necessary to shut off the gas supply on the cylinder by turning the gearbox valve.

How to choose a burner for connecting copper pipes is described in detail in next article. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with useful informative material. Burner soldering technology given here, the process is outlined in great detail.

Conclusions and useful video on the topic

Explanation of the principles of operation, device and application rules of the hot water burner using one of the models as an example:

GV torches - the effective, mobile, easy-to-use equipment intended for a wide range of works in various areas involving the use of fire or hot air.

Choosing such equipment, consider all the criteria and parameters that affect the quality, convenience and safety of the performance of targets.

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  1. Stanislav

    I have Sievert TURBOROOFER 50, a very good and highly functional unit. I have been operating for more than three years, until it is completely satisfied. This is the third burner, the best of those that were, and it was advised to purchase it. Here in the review, the truth is that the 60 model is probably more powerful, but 50 is good for the quality arrangement of the soft roof. Firstly, it is convenient, it is a fact. Warming up is very impressive, easy to adapt. The consumption of the mixture is in perfect order from the point of view of economy. Feed adjustment and torch settings are implemented perfectly. In general, there are no complaints, even the length of the pipe is very convenient, I work in full growth, which is good for the back.