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Are colored flame lighters dangerous?

Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by gb902, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. gb902

    gb902 Vaporog

    Hi, I've just bought an economic torch lighter. It looks nice, but like the most torch lighters, it has a little metal piece at the base of the flame, that makes the flame colored (violet in my case). For example, copper is used to make the flame green.
    Now I am wondering if there are some health issues by inhaling this "colored" heat, or maybe the high temps burn all the possible toxic vapors?
  2. vtac

    vtac vapor junkie Staff Member

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  3. gb902

    gb902 Vaporog

    Ok, I have modified the lighter (removed the small metal piece). Yesterday I have vaped with the colored flame, and it wasn't good (during longer hits I can feel a bitter awful taste), and my throat doesn't feel so good. Thanks for useful info;)
  4. max

    max Out to lunch

    Blue flame is due to heat. It's the hottest part of the flame. Green flame, I've heard, is due to copper and should be avoided if you're doing heavy duty vaping. If you're using a model that you heat, then hit, like the Vapman, it shouldn't matter as much since you're not inhaling while the flame is on the vape.
  5. Konrad_Zuse

    Konrad_Zuse New Member

    Pretty interesting question, I never thought about it. I have a torch that turns red, any info on that vtac/max?
  6. gb902

    gb902 Vaporog

    Try to remove the metal piece that turns your flame red, so you avoid any trouble.

    calcium = red flame
    copper, barium = green flame
    sodium = yellow flame
    potassium = violet flame
    boron = dark green flame

    They are not so healthy to inhale.
  7. bigredox

    bigredox Professional Chemist since 1998.

    My best guess is an iron/nickel alloy containing a little strontium (red color). I'll elaborate if anyone cares.

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