Nortel Minor Bench Burner
Flame size: Needle point to 3/4 inch
Suggested gas and pressures:
Propane: 2 to 6 PSI
Natural Gas: 1/4 to 2 PSI
Oxygen: 5 to 8 PSI
Ratings & Reviews
Great For Beginner
by Paul S -
This torch is perfect for soft glass or small boro. I have worked 19mm heavy wall pretty easily with this torch. For a little more heat and oxy efficiency upgrade to the Mega Minor.
by Grace D -
This was my second torch if I count my Hot Head. I love it! It's a great beginners torch and it's very simple to use.
Professional capability with a palatable price!
by Patti C -
The Minor torch is a workhorse for the price! While there are certainly lots of other choices in torches today, I donâ€™t think there are many with the same value-to-dollar ratio with all the necessary features I require in such an important tool of my trade. I am able to achieve all the necessary types of flame that I use in my work, from small, hot pinpoint flames, to large, wide, bushy flames, and of course everything in between. A rumor that I hear sometimes is that either the Minor is incapable of a small pinpoint flame, or that it is bad for the torch to run a small pinpoint flame. This is not true. I make all sorts of glass art using this torch, from simple beads to blown ornaments. All my work whether large or small is very detailed, so I appreciate being able to adjust my Minor easily to many different flames while working on a single piece. I also like the fact that this torch is NOT an oxygen hog. I can get the variety of proper flame types I describe above using propane and a modest oxygen concentrator that runs at a 5-lpm capacity. Getting oxygen tanks to where I live is almost cost-prohibitive, so I greatly appreciate this feature of the Nortel Minor. Finally, I have had almost no problems with maintenance on these torches. I believe over the last 17 years, Iâ€™ve sent my original Minor off to Nortel only once because the center oxygen hole had become worn down over the course of about 5 years. They completely refurbished the torch for free and sent it back to me at their expense. While that Minor was out for maintenance, I bought another. That one has never had any problems, and I have been working on it almost every day for at least 12 years. The Nortel Minor in my experience has delivered the functionality required for me to consider it a very good torch for the professional studio glass artist at a price that is palatable to a beginner, including every angle from flame flexibility to economic oxygen usage.
by Doug K -
I love this burner. I used a hot head torch for years then when I stepped up my set up the colors of the glass is so much brighter in my the beads and sculpture.
by AJ M -
Great for bead work and any other smaller works. Its not the finest in flame chemistry but it is extremely reliable. I used it for boro pipe making and pendants
by Jarrod E -
A great torch. Totally capable of getting the job done with boro glass. But u may as we'll spend the little extra and get the mega minor. Pretty much the same but better output and it looks cooler lol