5 Stars By Jay Branman on 2011-10-23
Best torch I've bought lately
this is the 4th torch I've bought in the last 6 months. It's also by far the best. It's definitely worth it to spend a little more on this one than save a few dollars on something that is $20-40 and you'll be replacing in 3-6 months anyway (or the igniter goes out, which is very annoying to use a lighter to light your torch).
UPDATE: After owning this torch for over 4 months now, I figured I'd submit a follow up for my review. There is not much to say though- this torch is exactly like the day I bought it; no signs of wear. I use it several times a day, every single day. Another great thing about the torch I've noticed is that it regulates the gas better than any torch I've had, in the sense that it allows you to use every last bit. When the torch is almost empty, while not quite full strength, it still gives you a decent flame until it's completely empty. And as many people suggest to empty the torch before refilling it, you won't waste that last bit of fuel like with other torches, where the flame just slowly goes down to an unusably small flame for the last 10% of the gas. Every other torch I have owned, regardless of initial quality, have all started to show major signs of wear within 2 months. This torch might be a little more expensive than the others, but if you plan on using it much, it'll be cheaper in the long run as you won't be replacing it.
2 YEAR UPDATE: I have now owned this torch for two years, and I'm happy to report that it has worked flawlessly the entire time. A friend recently purchased a new one, and if you look at mine side by side with his, they look pretty much identical; really shows how well this torch has held up in the long term.
I have read that by doing a couple things you can prolong the life of your torch, which I have always done. Whenever refilling, first allow it to run out completely, and then take a small screwdriver or similar tool and purge the last bit of the butane out- then refill it. Then wait at least 20-25 minutes to allow the gas to warm up inside the torch; it is very cold and there is the possibility of liquid butane being sent through the nozzle of your torch, which will damage it.
5 Stars By Jello on 2018-01-08
Got this after sticking my hands into a propane cloud, and waiting for the sound of the apocalyptic burst, while timing my arm's getaway. This torch was the best purchase I made last year. Its still going great. The first one didn't work, out of the box, but it was quickly returnable, and customer service was perfect. The second worked perfectly, and wow. Talk about a great torch. I'm so glad I stuck with it for the replacement. I use this every day, and I'm considering a 2nd for beekeeping, so I have one in my suit and smoker box. I use horse manure, in my bee smoker, and it does that and cow patties, magnificently. It has changed our bee keeping routine, and makes it so quick to start up the smoker. I think we take more time getting dressed now, than worry about the smoker. In very high winds this is quite reliable.
5 Stars By Miz O'Losk on 2018-01-07
May be purchasing my second Blazer GT8000 Big Shot....
.....through no fault of its own!
This is a great butane torch, extremely well made, durable, safe, but without overly complicated safety features that would make it difficult to use. I've been using it regularly to light my wood burners, and the flame is hot enough that I've only needed a piece or two of kindling - with seasoned wood, I can usually get the actual logs to ignite.
Unfortunately, it spent the summer out on the back deck, and some of those microscopic "mud-dawber" type insect clogged the line in the head. My husband has been cleaning it, and we may yet get that bright blue, high temperature blow-torch flame back, but chances are it's a goner, and due entirely to my irresponsibility.
I wish the Blazer folk would sell just the head, as that's what needs replacing, but I can seem to find it anywhere, just a whole new torch.
I doesn't matter, though. Worth every penny. Easy to fill, easy to use, and with the proper care, should last a lifetime!
5 Stars By jeff on 2018-01-02
The only torch you will ever need!
Let's face it. Torches aren't just for creme brule anymore. Whatever your needs are, this torch will get it done, and fast. I have dropped a few torches over the years and would be lucky if any of them survived one drop off the table. I have dropped this torch more times than I can count and it still works perfectly, nothing is loose. It is very well built.
5 Stars By Jeremy on 2017-06-02
wish it were the same price
Best torch on the market. Powerful, reliable, durable, and lasts forever when you fill it. 100% happy. especially that I paid 45 bucks for this and now its double in price! kind of a bummer tho
3 Stars By Lisa McDermott on 2017-02-08
Mine broke within a year of owning this. It was great in the beginning, worked for it's intended purpose, then one day it just stopped igniting. Went online to try and find a fix and everything I tried didn't work. I ended up buying the cheaper version of this called "Blazer 189-8010 Big Buddy Turbo Torch" and it has lasted longer than this one.
5 Stars By MisterLurk on 2017-07-06
Best Dab Torch I've ever owned
Best Dab Torch I've ever owned. For me it's Newport or the GT8000. Newport is slightly under the GT in comparison to flame output but the tane tank on the GT is waaaaaaay bigger and lasts longer. Best torch in the market, try to find for $50-$70. No more than that. My local smoke shop sells em for $99, not worth it. Go AlumiGogo.
5 Stars By esotetris on 2017-05-13
Fire all day
I've had this torch for over a year now. It gets used at least once daily and has showed no signs of slowing down. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
5 Stars By Justin on 2016-01-12
It's been 2 years and this torch is still working like day one, great flame, extremely reliable and made in Japan, not China! I have slain many mighty titanium and quartz nails in this time and none have rivaled the Big Shot Nail Slayer GT10Million.
5 Stars By TDW II on 2017-11-29
Best Torch for AnYthinG.. Kitchen to Dabs
By far my favorite torch I’ve owned and been through them All but the ease and trouble free use is amazing even if it’s left running for 5min straight it keeps performing ..! Top notch product great for Anytning from the kitchen to Dabs....