Should you ever have your torch face downwards? When I do that I get huge flames. I try to torch it from the sides, but the sugar caramelizes very unevenly.

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    If you get huge flames when torching downwards, sounds like you're using a liquid gas camping cooker or similar. I don't think these are intended for torching; they're not safe to use in any way but standing firmly on a hard surface. Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 22:52
  • @leftaroundabout how do you tell liquid gas from gas-gas?
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    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 23:31
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    A liquid gas burner has a tank filled with, well, liquid (usually butane, which despite being gaseous at atmospheric conditions stays easily liquid under some extra pressure). Yet normally, you only burn it as a gas as it boils off on top, and that gas can be well controlled for a hot, concentrated flame. But inverting such a burner will cause the gas to pour out in its liquid state, and as such it's much more messy. OTOH, a proper torch uses either gas which can never be liquid at room temperature, or makes sure that the liquid is vapourised before it leaves the pressure valve. Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 0:18

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There are good videos on the internet showing how to properly caramelize the sugar; are you doing things differently ?

Most of them just have the torch a couple of inches facing down over the sugar and in a slow side movement, caramelize the sugar.

The torch flame needs to be "blue" so that it is at its hottest.


From the side but keep moving the torch constantly so as not to remain pointed at the same spot.

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