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Here's a thought. That type of torch in smaller versions is often used by smokers to heat certain types of pot, like shatter and wax. So checking our local headshops will probably turn up something useful.

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5 hours ago, Bisbee Gal said:

Have always used the standard blowtorch for this.  Haven't burned down any houses.  Yet.

Over lunch today I learned that your answer is the best of the two.  A mini blowtorch,  a soplete, will work and that would possibly guarantee a regular supply of fuel for refills.

Thanks.

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Just take it slow at first. Torches were made for welding metal, and might send your dessert topping flaming through the dining living areas and into the next room, landing on your computer.

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I once used a blowtorch on a neighbor's Thanksgiving turkey that was cooked to perfect tenderness in an electric roaster.  But the skin was pale....ran home and got the blowtorch....pretty as a picture 🦃 

 

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My friend uses a grill lighter but I just put it under a broiler. Making sure the custard is very cold . I have to use a dish which I know will not crack by the high heat,.....the colouring and caramelization is less even than with a torch  but (in my opinion) this is still a very practical method and can be done in a pinch.

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I was missing a broiler on my oven when we first moved here.  Husband went out to the bodega and came back with the blow torch.  Perfect.

 

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