BLADON B59 Petrol/Benzine blowtorch

  • Hi every one here is a Bladon B59 Petrol/Benzine blowlamp/torch made in Birmingham england,i bought this about 20 years ago at a carboot sale in Enfield north London.

    It is a small about a third of a pint self pressureizing blowtorch it is date stamped 1951 so it is comming upto 61 years old this year this is the original condition, and it has very little use may be unfired prior to me owming it i have changed the seals and have replaced the cotton wick in the fuel pick up tube and repacked the stuffing gland with graphite cord,and today i fired it up for the first time in 20 years since i have owned it.

    It is a realy nicely made blowtorch and for it's size gives a very good hot perfect blue flame in the pics it has only been working for a couple of mins so it was not quite upto full power yet

  • Hi Brian,
    a nice little cutie! British blowlamps are rare in Germany, the brandname is totally new to me.

    As I see, you're an security-feebled person like me, I also start all my gasoline-powered blowlamps and stoves in the kitchensink. :D

    Have fun with it, there is no better way to start a barbeque by firing up the charkoal with a blowlamp. :done:

    Best regards, Björn

  • Thank you guys for your compliements

    The reason Bjorn i fired this little lamp up on the kitchen sink is when i first bought this torch 20 years ago i noticed it had only been used a few times and was in perfect clean condition,and 20 years ago i was a novice with Benzine/petrol blowlamps.on the bottom of the tank is a nut which can be opened with a spaner so the wick can be changed i rember checking that nut to make sure it was secure which it i filled the torch with petrol and lsft is for a good while and then checked to see if any fuel would leak from that nut which it did not,So i then filed the spirit cup under the burner with alchol to pre heat it, it lit perfectly but about a few mins of it operating i noticed a small amount of liquid around the tank,when i inspected what the liquid was it was fuel comming from that nut,it was fine while the lamp was not under pressure but soon as the lamp started to build pressure fuel then leaked slightly from that nut,so i turned it off at once and decided to change the seals but never got around to it until today when i fully serviced changing all the seals,even though i knew it would not leak i still took the precaution just in case

  • Hi Bjorn it realy works well i only had a small amount of coleman so i only had it lit for about 5 mins so the pressure would not have built upto its full amount there was spikes of flame comming out of every air hole in the burner nozzle

  • You're talking about coleman fuel? You could use unleaded petrol, too, blowlamps do work with very good.
    (and it should be cheaper, isn't it?) :rauch:

    We had an specialist on ebay Germany a few weeks ago, explaining how to preheat and build up pressure with a blowlamp. Just put it on the kitchenstove ... :explode: Better not...

    I do own some blowlamps, too, one of them takes over 10 minutes for preheating to work well after.
    It is my biggest and oldest one, about 68 Years old or older. (Just letting the old lady her time to wake up.)
    So I know what you're talking about when not having preheated enough... It was like a flamethrower 8o
    Good that I decided to start that monster outside first.

    Until soon, Björn

  • Good morning Bjork you are 100% corect unleaded petrol/benzine work very well in blowlamps/torches in fact equal to coleman fuel and is a lot cheaper.
    The only problem with unleaded petrol is that it does have some addatives in it to make it work/burn better in motor engines but those addatives do not burn well in stoves lanterns or blowlamps/torches, and these appliances will need cleaning more often
    Coleman fuel has no addatives and it burns cleaner with less toxic fumes making it safer to use in side, and there is very little smell with coleman fuel.
    I my self would be happy useing both fuels in any of my blowlamps/torches as the extra maintanance is not a problem for us collectors

  • Hi lamps2 thank you for your comment you are correct you have to preheat first,this model is a small self pressurerising so they are not a heavy duty blowtorch, this model was more for the house holder DIY person wather than a tradesman/plumber decorator etc, i would say it would say it would compare about equal to a butane & propane blowtorch of that size designed for house hold use, a Map gas blowtorch will burn at a higher heat,it is all down to the pupose and what the blowtorch is designed for, overall they are more or less equall in performance

  • Well spurred on I dug out the burmos pattern a 1 pint blowtorch.
    It has some weird luminous green slim in it which dissolved in brake cleaner.

    Cleaned the pump check valve and jet, not perfect yet-but it fired easily, just needed to be careful not to create a flame thrower.
    Nicely made with only filler cap seal and leather pump seal to worry about aging as all other parts metal only.
    See if I can get running picture.

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    (not worth much by the look of it)

  • Burmos pattern A 1 pint paraffin lamp, they will polish up nice, but I am considering cleaning it up dirt wise and keeping the antique look. The one someone has on youtube burns nice blue, think there are still deposits of residue to clear out of mine when they fully disolve

  • Hi lamps very nice indeed and in very good condition hardly any rust on any of the steel and the brass is vey clean with a natual patina,i would flush out the tank with a strong detergent to remove any deposits,as this will all end up in the vapouriser/heating coil and can block it,if you do decide to polish the tank i would then put a couple of coats of clear laquere to stop it tarnishing and protect it from chemical attack like amonia which causes sheet brass to develop hair line cracks over a period of time,the manufacturers applied a laquere finish to protect it.looking at the pic it looks like it is operating with a good flame that should turn blue once all the residue is removed from the tank