Bethlehem Alpha Torch Burner
The new, low-pressure, stainless steel, Alpha Glass Bead Burner is an excellent starter burner for the glass artist working in the medium to small range. The Alpha delivers more flow at a low gas pressure producing the ideal glass working flame. Affordable and convenient, the Alpha is the only torch on the market today designed with your needs in mind. Do you work at home with low-pressure household natural gas? If so, the Alpha would be a dream-come true! The Alpha will melt both soft and borosilicate glass with ease. The torch can also be used at the traditional flame settings of 5 psi gas and 20 psi oxygen. It works equally well with propane, natural gas and other fuels.
The Alpha Glass Bead Burner Features:
- All stainless steel construction that stays cool while the flame is super hot.
- A unique design that allows for a higher volume of fuel at a lower inlet pressure-7 cu. ft./hr. at only 2 psi.
- Ideal to operate on household gas (1/4 psi) and oxygen concentrator (7 psi).
- Burner configuration: Center Fire - 6 jets, Pentagon shape face, Diameter 5/8".
- Suggested glass size: up to a 5/8" / 16mm rod and up to a 19mm Tube.
Bethlehem Burners Alpha Torch - youtube video
Ratings & Reviews
Under rated. AMAZING STARTING TORCH
by Will A -
There was alot of nay-sayers when I purchased this torch. I'm so happy I didn't listen to any of the non sense . I run it on one 5lpm oxy con and it's gets the job done . From small solid pendants , to large hollow sculptural work, the alpha has provided for me:) Great beginner torch for a great price . Been almost a year now and I'm just starting to feel I may have out grown it.
An excellent torch for the beginning lampworker
by Roger C -
I have purchased many torches over the past 12 years of my lampworking career, and have to say the alpha is one of the best on the market. This is an excellent torch for the beginning lampworker. It has a nice tight flame for detailed work and is capable of larger work as well. I have made soft glass beads up to 3 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter using this torch. This torch is very efficient on gas consumption and runs very well on oxygen concentrators. I run it using household natural gas pressure of 1/2 pound and a 10 lpm oxygen concentrator and it purrs like a kitten. If you use propane and a little more pressure it can easily melt boro glass. This torch has plenty of heat for making boro beads and small to medium sized pendants as well. This is a very well built torch. It's stainless steel body stays cool while you are working, and can handle the few hard knocks that come with the practice of lampworking. The knob arrangement is very intuitive and the adjustment capabilities of the base are fantastic. If your looking for a torch that may be your one and only torch. You can't go wrong with the Bethlehem Alpha.
by Nicholas D -
For anyone who is just beginning. works well and can't beat the price.
by Kyle B -
I bought the alpha in January 2015 and love the versatility of this little torch. The low psi requirements allow you to make the most out of every k-tank of oxygen. You won't have any trouble making spoons, or bubblers; bigger diameter tumblers can be achieved with patience on as well. If you are just starting out I highly recommend the Bethlehem Alpha!
by Theresa A -
As a group we purchased 6 of these torches. I have been so happy with my new toy and the awesome customer service we received from the incredible staff at Mountain Glass was wonderful. I won't order lampworking supplies from anyone else!!!
Tough, versatile, almost student-proof
by Kris F -
Just finished putting 14 students through a scientific glasswork basics course over the course of a semester - these torches performed brilliantly. Tiny tight flames, big bushy flames - about the only thing bad I could say is that students seem to have this love of MORE FIRE, and these torches will allow them to waste a lot of fuel and oxygen if you don't keep an eye on them... Then again, such a situation is also a teaching/learning opportunity...
Great starter torch!
by Nikki R -
I love the Bethlehem Alpha. I think it is a great torch especially to start out on. I still prefer to use it over my gtt for some techniques - especially fine detail but it can handle larger stuff too. It's a great torch for students, durable with a nice price.
Awesome Little Torch!
by Hunter V -
Love this little guy for the price. Awesome for starting out and has really showed how it can do the tiny detail and good size flame for some bigger stuff. Definitely reccomend for beginners
Question? Does it work with Acetylene gas?
by Robin T -
Question? Does it work with Acetylene gas?
Love this little torch.
by DEATH Glass
I love this torch. Bethlehem claims up to 19mm tube, but I have no problem working 26mm extra heavy. Can even pull points on 38. Such a great torch in this price category.