Thursday, July 7, 2011

I feel like I'm in a Disney movie...

Mini? Cricket? Minor?  Which torch do I get?!?

So, it all started a couple days ago when I played on my friend's Nortel Minor.  I probably mentioned it, and if I didn't, too bad.  I have been getting impatient with my Hot Head because it's so damn slow to melt anything because it's so cold.  It doesn't have an oxygen line, just air intake vents on the side, so it doesn't have the FLAMING POWER OF O2 and it doesn't get hot enough to burn a burger let alone melt glass.  Well, that's not exactly true, but it does take a firk-ding-blast long time!  I can't make a tiny spacer in less than 8 minutes.

After working on the Minor (and the fire) I was complaining to someone on LWE chat about the Hot Head and they told me there was a bulk buy going on in the LWE garage sale forum for GTT Crickets and Bobcats.  Ok, to make a long story short, I decided I wanted a Cricket, and then started discussing oxygen tanks with my hubby.  After a few hours of that I started researching oxygen concentrators.  This long story isn't getting any shorter, is it?  To make a really long story only kinda short, today, after much angsting, I offered to buy someone's new Nortel Minor, oxygen concentrator, and the regulator and hoses to go with.

If you really want to know all the angsty twists and turns it took me to get there, then you're sicker than I am.

I'll be sending my father-in-law over to the seller's house tomorrow to pick those up.  Oh, pick them up you say?  Yeah, the seller doesn't want to go through the hassle of shipping, and the oxycon itself is such a great deal, and my FIL lives in the same town, that he's kindly agreed to pick the stuff up for us and ship it himself.  Isn't he a great guy!


  1. So, did you get the Minor or the Cricket?
    I have both but LOVE my cricket.
    I used a minor though for 5 years after my hothead and its like falling in love over & over &'ll LOVE it!!
    Cant wait to see whatcha make with it....
    How soon do you think you'll be all set up?

  2. I decided on the Minor, but I may someday get a Cricket too. My father-in-law picked up the items today and shipped them (Minor, oxycon and regulator) via parcel post, so it can be anywhere from 4-8 weeks to get to Kauai. I'm so excited, I'm gonna squee all over the place! *SQUEE*

    And my new Hot Head (replaced from the "recalled" model I currently have) just came in, so I'll be setting that up and playing on THAT until the Big Girl torch gets here. Masses of molten glass, FTW!

    Thank you for your comment. It's such a new blog, it's still all shiny on the cover! :)

  3. Well, your gonna lurve your new Minor....its a serious workhorse, you cant go wrong.
    There is a learning curve but you'll get over it quick, no worries.
    Also, if your looking for a really great clear, especially for the minor, get Moretti's Super Clear...its wonderfully clear without paying Aethers price.
    I will check back on you....Happy Torching!