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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. – leftaroundabout Jan 11 '17 at 22:52
  • @leftaroundabout how do you tell liquid gas from gas-gas? – Bar Akiva Jan 11 '17 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. – leftaroundabout Jan 12 '17 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.

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

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