Most profesional UK frame builders use Oxy-Acetylene to braze, and it’s fair to say that it’s a great set-up. BUT with more and more people looking to save money and/or build frames at home there’s a real call for a cheaper and safer alternative.
Oxy-Propane is used by builders also, but many struggle to achieve the same control, quality of flame, and amount of heat so for those fillet brazing that makes life really tricky so it’s typically only used by those building lugged bicycles.
Well, over the past few weeks we’ve been running some tests to see if we can get the same high quality fillet brazing results using an Oxy-Propane set-up as we do with Oxy-Acetylene. So far we’ve had great results and can’t wait to show you what we’ve achieved but before we do we’ve got some more testing to do using some more fluxes, and of course a gasfluxer too.
If we can get the results we’re hoping for then we’ll make the move to Oxy-Propane here at The Bicycle Academy as it’ll save us a small fortune in gas and insurance costs, so rest assured that we’re doing our best to make this work.
Stay tuned for our findings in another blog post…