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User Rating (Amazon)
User Rating (Amazon)
Five Star Reviews:
Wish List Fulfilled
September 14, 2015
I have been wanting a culinary torch forever. Since I live with my daughter, She always discouraged my purchasing it since we have so many commodities in our kitchen and she said it was unnecessary. Never insisted. But when I saw yours online ,I said I;m buying even if I make crème brulee once a year. It's my favorite dessert!It came the other day and I used it immediately. It was very easy to use. instructions were clear to follow, and worked so well on the crème brulee I had prepared in anticipation.Thank you very much. I love it Vilma Gallo
August 3, 2015
Awesome! It works great. Very easy to use. I don't use it professionally, for now I use it to roast marshmallows on a skewer while I watch TV. It has a lock on the top left to keep you from accidental firing. There is a gas selector knob on the top back which you don't need turned up very high to get a great flame and the spark igniter button is easy to push like a trigger. It also comes with a small base stand for when not in use. I definitely recommend this product if you like easy fire.
Great torch at the price for a lot of food things not Creme Brulee related.
July 17, 2015
I just got into Sous Vide cooking and went on the hunt for a torch that I could use in my kitchen after cooking some food that needed some brazing to make it look properly presentable on the kitchen table. This torch really goes beyond my expectations, it's incredibly powerful and I did hamburgers for my first sous vide meal and typical of cooking hamburgers the first couple of patties I really burned them to a crisp. At a certain point people were waiting with plates and I was just frying hamburgers and threatening to light their paper plates on fire if they got too close.After getting the hang of moving this torch properly so as not to 'ignite' the meat as people don't seem to be into that, this butane torch really does a fantastic job for the price. The instructions don't mention it but I use a high quality butane that is triple filtered, sadly the easiest and quickest access to triple+ filtered butane is from your local smoke shop. But I did try this with normal grocery store butane and some people complained of being able to taste the gas which I couldn't discount altogether, after a few refills of the higher quality butane nobody has since complained about an off putting taste. Then again those that complained haven't gotten a second invite for free food...
SO impressed by this little thing!
July 7, 2015
Holy cow! We have been so excited to use this little torch. It works perfectly, and doesn't shut off until you turn it off. Very reliable, and we are very happy about this purchase.
Creme brûlée at home. The best!! Loved the torch.
February 22, 2015
Loved it. Finally made home made creme brulee and it was the best! No more expensive deserts buying it a restaurant. I've been wanting to buy one of these kitchen torches for years and finally did it for Valentines creme brûlée at home. I have not tried any others, I bought this as a result of reading the other reviews on Amazon. It was so great. The torch worked beautifully. I literally took it out of the box, filled it was butane that I bought at the drug store and starting browning the sugar on the creme brûlée in a total of about 2 minutes time. Very easy to use. Loved the ability to turn down or crank up the flame. It felt very comfortable in the hand. It worked perfectly. I'm not a professional chef, just a mom and wife who loves to cook and as I've gained experience I've tried more 'difficult' things. Creme brûlée was a little intimidating, don't know why, it was a breeze. So glad I made this inexpensive torch purchase. One dinner out with creme bruele as the desert would have cost me AT LEAST twice the cost of this torch.
Not just for Creme Brûlée!
January 28, 2015
This is a terrific butane torch. I've owned 2 other torches; the quality of those didn't even come close to that of the Vie De Chef torch. Besides being solidly built and comfortable to use, the flame regulator feature is fantastic! Besides Creme Brûlée, I've used it to blacken the skins of red peppers, crisp bacon wrapped scallops and to sear beef before popping it in the oven.
Great for the price.
September 22, 2017
Been using this torch for about 2 days now and I have to admit for the price this is a solid torch, gets hot quick, feels pretty solid and the stand actually pops off. I give this product 5 stars and so far I have found one thing I hope they would improve on and that would be making the bottom flat piece that pops on/off a little more solid and make the connection to the torch a little more secure. I think if I was a little more careless I would be dropping the bottom off all day because the connection is on the weaker side but I don't deem it worthy of taking a star off considering the torch is pretty solid as a whole.ThanksJosh.
March 30, 2017
works and looks great
March 20, 2017
March 13, 2017
March 8, 2017
Thank you. works great
February 15, 2017
Four Star Reviews:
I returned it, but customer service was great!!
September 23, 2016
I can see this torch being great for cooking. I mean it does say culinary torch I'm the description. I however order it to use as a tech torch. The flame is too massive for this kind of use if you are needing a fine flame torch. Even at the lowest setting it blows out a pretty massive flame. I returned it and was issued a refund immediate. Superb customer service from the company
The torch is easy to use and adjust
August 22, 2016
I bought this torch as a compliment to my recent purchase of a water circulator sous vide set up for my home.Last night came the real test. A steak dinner!The torch is easy to use and adjust. It created the perfect finish on the sear on the steaks.The torch isn't fancy. It is a kitchen utility. You can spend more for one, but, this one will be a party of my kitchen arsenal for a long time. Desserts, sous vide, spiders, it's good for all.
Super easy to use
April 9, 2016
Super easy to use. Strong piezoelectricity for ignition- this baby EATS butane though. The small internal canister for keeping butane isn't large enough to keep this going for very long.Whether you're using the torch for cooking, housework, medicinal purposes, or something else that requires a torch, this torch is best served for one or two item uses.If you're using this to flambé or to crust or melt- it'll work.
NICE TORCH-READ HERE FOR HOW TO USE...
September 6, 2015
I accidentally bought two of these, so I will do a bit of comparing. First of all, I found this one superior to the other. No good directions on how to use, so let me explain after much research. First if all, use the proper butane, made for cooking torches and not for lighters. Secondly, turn the torch upside down and press the butane filler for about 10-15 seconds or until you see it bubbling around the inlet. Let it sit for a minute before you light it. To light this torch, push the safety button (on side of barrel) downward. Then turn the gas knob on the back counterclockwise until you hear a hissing noise. The trigger in the front is the igniter. You can adjust the flame or turn off the torch using the back knob. I really liked this torch. Just needs better directions.
I do like it and having fun
July 28, 2015
I do like this torch and am sure once I use it more I will learn to love it. I took the suggestions that many before this post and ordered the Sun brand butane but it did not have the correct nozzle to use with this torch. You need to have the butane that fits lighters, it will have a white tip for it to work. I am looking forward to using it more, I did use it last night to make s'mores and it did a good job, after I adjusted the flame. lol I think that I will enjoy it more, like I said when I find more reasons for it. My 17 year old son said he couldn't wait to use it....had to put my foot down hard on that one, I could see my furniture, floors and everything else that I hold dear being singed. Will post again when I have more experience with this torch..looking forward to it
Great product, minor gripe
July 6, 2015
This is a great torch and lasts a long time. My only concern with it is the lack of a definite off switch. The On/Off switch is really an Unlock/Lock switch for the trigger, still letting the gas flow through if the gas is turned. Sometimes it gets very loud in the kitchen and having no real way of knowing if it's off or not, there could be a serious hazard. To turn it off, make sure you turn the gas knob clockwise until it can't turn anymore.
September 21, 2017
I LIKE IT!
September 18, 2017
Good torch. Good size fuel tank. Large flame. It could use a smaller flame though for more detail. Also, turning the knob requires your other hand which might be occupied holding a dish. Overall a good torch though.
July 13, 2017
Good for the price.
Easy to ignite and control the flame
April 30, 2017
Works well. Easy to ignite and control the flame. Seemed to be a lot of spillage when filling.
Fabulous! Can't beat it for the price. The ...
April 25, 2017
Fabulous! Can't beat it for the price. The only thing to get used to it the fact that the flame control is used as the the off on valve and you don't have to constantly hold down the trigger.
Good with slight issues
April 5, 2017
Some butane leaks when loading into the torch
Three Star Reviews:
April 11, 2017
pain to refill, cumbersome to operate but effective once you get the hang of it
Great price for an awesome torch
December 11, 2016
Awesome torch that works perfectly. It's incredibly easy to fill, adjust the settings, and use.My only complaint is that the base falls off rather easily, but otherwise this is better than some expensive torches I've used.Update: The torch was great for about 6 months but now it leaks no longer works.
The gas runs out pretty quick too
August 27, 2016
I found this to be suboptimal for sous vide. It takes a long long time to sear a decent sized steak. The gas runs out pretty quick too.
Read the fine print: does NOT come with fuel
July 5, 2016
Read the fine print: does NOT come with fuel. I must have overlooked that. Super annoying to have to go out and get fuel to use it for the first time.
Works good but runs out fast!
May 26, 2016
Fast accurate heating but does not refill correctly/easily(wastes half the butane refilling). Also it says it has 60min of burn time per refill but lasts a little more than half that.
and eventually I will be comfortable with this torch
May 16, 2016
I just received this a week or so ago, so I don't yet have extensive use. However, I am not particularly fond of the method of lighting it...having to turn the butane on, prior to igniting. The torch I have been using is a bit simpler to use - click torch on, and pull the trigger. I do acknowledge that this may be a case of what I am used to vs. something new/different, and eventually I will be comfortable with this torch. WE'll see.
I bought the Colibri butane, but none of the ...
August 29, 2017
I bought the Colibri butane, but none of the tips work to fill up Torch! It just leaks all over. Very little goes into torch.I will try the Ronson butane the seller recommends, but I think the Colibri should have worked, especially after trying all the tips and no added tip.
June 14, 2017
Very difficult to fill without spilling.
Good very powerful blow torch
February 8, 2017
Good very powerful blow torch, ideal for heating up a dabbing nail quickly. Also has a large gas tank, but this will likely be emptied quickly. The biggest issue is that the design of the fuel knob makes it prone to accidental activation while in a bag or backpack (because of the trigger it is unlikely for a flame to actually start, it will just waste all the butane that's loaded).
September 7, 2016
Honest opinion, I would go for something else.The torch works fine... Its the base that's the problem. It detaches and the plastic uh....nubs? wear down completely after a few times of removing it. Either buy this, drill a hole so you can access the gas refill, and super glue the base to the torch; or just buy something else and spare yourself the aggravation.
It does work great as a torch
April 18, 2016
DIFFICULT to (re)fuel. There is an indicator window but I don't see fuel or movement. I'm using Zippo canisters to fuel. The connection relies on forcing the canister stem into the base of the torch which opens the fueling valve on the torch. I have to use a plastic shopping bag as a glove to keep the liquid butane off my hand. Some lighters have an adapter to make fueling easier without leaking half of the fuel all over.It does work great as a torch. It lights on the first pull of the trigger. Flame size/intensity is controlled by a counterclockwise knob on the back. A flaw, IMHO, in this design is the valve can be left open even with the trigger lock in the lock position. Not sure why the lock is even there for that very reason.
Well built and very powerful
December 2, 2015
Very reliable and well-built product. I used this to torch my marshmallow frosting for a large order. Takes some getting used to and some adjustment. Almost lit the cupcake liners on fire and did have to adjust it several times but found a very low setting that I have yet to adjust to again. I wish the flame was not a continuous flow only but had an adjustment where once you let go of the trigger it went out. Can be very dangerous if you're clumsy or have to set it down. Overall I like it and can see many uses for it.
Two Star Reviews:
It's a decent torch for the money. But 2 ...
August 14, 2016
It's a decent torch for the money. But 2 days past the deadline to return it, it started to leak butane out the filling port.
Hard to twll if full
August 13, 2016
Didn't like. Goes out real fast. Mayb I wasn't filling it enough but you can't tell. If uou leave it on the gas jus leaks out too. Jus no way to tell if it's full.
Large Culinary Butane Torch
August 4, 2016
This torch only worked about 5 times then would not light again. I bought 3 so I am hoping the others will work better.
April 20, 2016
It's a good torch, but the one I received leaks butane all of the time. I've tried tightening the valve on the bottom, but it still leaks. Doesn't hold a tank for more than 3 hours.
Difficult to keep lit
January 25, 2016
I purchased this torch to burn the cream on some hot chocolate cupcakes I was making, the torch would not fill properly and once the torch was full, it would not stay lit. I tried multiple times. Just to make sure it was not operator error I had my husband try, he was also unsuccessful.
No longer works
November 10, 2015
Initially, the torch would burn out quickly so I would have to refill the butane frequently in order to sustain any power. Now, the igniter doesn't work at all. I'm bummed! I was really excited for this product because it received such great reviews. I would contact the seller directly but I do not have any contact information.
August 14, 2017
Very easy to use. Just as I expected2 months later and very little use - it has quit! Won't ignite - won't fillTry to fill but just leaks out
Broken after the third use...
July 6, 2017
Well it was great while it lasted... Purchased this torch late last year and used it a total of four times so far as I do not sous vide too often. The first three times it worked like an absolute charm, easy to fill, easy to handle, and easy to operate. Before I get to the negative portion of this review, I would like to say that this was always placed with care and never tossed around. Okay, with that said, I went to reach for it the other night as I just finished a wonderful tri tip in my sous vide. Low and behold, the igniter/starter no longer works.... I literally had to hold a match near the mouth of the unit to get it lit, yeah not risking my finger for that again as it was quite dangerous. So the unit ended up in my trash can this weekend, what a shame, maybe I got a bad one or maybe it is just poorly made, either way I will be looking at a different product next time.
Doesnt fuel correctly. Would love replacement.
April 23, 2017
The torch itself puts out a great flame and i love it. However when filling the product no matter how you fill it it takes about 40% of the butane and leaks the other 60% down my hands and on the product. Very cold and wasteful.
Hard to turn off and on
January 28, 2017
This torch is hard to control. Hard to turn off and on. Would not purchase again
Came a bit faulty; launched a fireball first time filling up. Wish I was kidding.
January 20, 2017
Followed instructions and checked the torch before filling, began to fill in office only to find the other end had began to spew out large amounts of butane. Trying to avoid concentrating the gas while turning the knob only to realize the bit of resistant first felt had given in and took another full 360 rotation before reaching the gas off, I walked through the kitchen quickly to walk outside and just made it past open flames however igniting at one point very quickly and toward the end. Very grateful no one was hurt; please be alert while using this for your culinary goods around the kitchen! Really be aware of any open flames, and to see the gas nozzle truly cannot shove any more clockwise. Safety switch only seems to disable trigger but torch does not extinguish.Other than that, very handy! Fills up about 5/7th's before seeming to "fill up" dispute the gauge; it does come in handy though!
January 12, 2017
It leaks butane now after 7 months.
One Star Reviews:
stopped working within - please contact me
March 4, 2017
Hello. I'm having an issue regarding the torch I bought from you guys. For some reason it doesn't fill past the 1/4 mark. I have tried many different ways and techniques but nothing seems to work. Is there something we can do about this?Thank you
Don't waste your time or money on this dud!!!!!!!!!!
February 16, 2017
Wish I could give it no stars, after the first full use of fuel I refilled it using recommended fuel and it failed to light. The only way this torch will now light is if I hold a flame near the torch!!!!Don't waste your time or money on this dud!!!!!!!!!!
DO NOT BUY!!
August 11, 2016
I bought this torch and put a whole can of butane into it and it did not work so I am assuming that all of it just leaked out of the torch. I only bought it because the page says that there is a warranty but I searched everywhere to get in contact with the manufacturer but they are nowhere to be found. Don't waste your money!!!!
July 14, 2016
Didn't work at all. I filled it up with butane and did everything possible but nothing worked. I wasted my money on it. I was so excited to use it.
Does not work
April 11, 2016
The canister fills with butane, but no flame--a product defect. And now it's filled with butane so can't ship it anywhere to get fixed. Would recommend buying a different blowtorch.
It lit good for the first few times then the igniter would ...
April 6, 2016
Came packed well. Filled it with butane. It lit good for the first few times then the igniter would no longer work. Still works if you light it with a lighter.
Using Ronson Multi Fill canisters and the torch barely takes ...
October 8, 2017
Using Ronson Multi Fill canisters and the torch barely takes it in. I follow the directions and most of the butane just spills out
September 27, 2017
I've had this torch for only 2 weeks & it no longer works correctly. Now it just sputters butane & there is no consistent flame. I went through all the troubleshooting including bleeding it of all air & refilling, and I use very refined vector butane. If you are a frequent user, better look elsewhere. Price sounded very appealing, but it's disappointing.
Have had friends try to get it to work with the same poor results. Don't buy this
September 6, 2017
just received this(Liba torch) and followed instructions to the letter. Nothing seems to get it to work. Leaks fluid as fast as I can fill it.Have had friends try to get it to work with the same poor results. Don't buy this junk
Fuel level indicator does not work and it leaks. ...
August 20, 2017
Fuel level indicator does not work and it leaks. I filled it up, used it and set aside for next time making SURE the flow valve was completely off and the on/off switch was in the off position. Picked it up a few weeks later to use it and all the butane had leaked out. I gave it another try thinking surely I must have left the fuel flow valve open. Nope, this thing will NOT hold a charge. Its a piece of junk. I'd be mad as hell if I paid a lot of money for it but at this price, I guess I get what I pay for. Its trash.
August 20, 2017
Tried 3 different brands of butane. Would not fill up with butane.
Will not take butane
August 18, 2017
I've had this item for about a month but just opened it to use it. Cannot fill it with the butane bottle. Have tried two different brand bottles and none will fill the cylinder of the torch. Would like to replace this with another to see if I have better luck. Thank you
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PROFESSIONAL CULINARY TORCH QUALITY: Professional chefs, amateur cooks and all our loyal, happy customers agree that our Vie De Chef culinary torch is made with the finest quality material and designed for the customer in mind. Our culinary torch is the BEST kitchen tool for creating unique and beautiful meals in style. Includes limited time bonus recipe eBook!
VERSATILE & MULTIFUNCTIONAL: A beautiful chef inspired design, this kitchen torch will be the perfect addiction to your set of high-end kitchen tools. With your brand new Vie De Chef culinary torch, impress your guests by making crème brûlée, roasting peppers, melting cheese, caramelizing sugar, browning meringue and much more!
ERGONOMIC DESIGN FOR EXTREME COMFORT & SAFETY: Our professional butane torch is designed with an innovative body that provides a comfortable grip to reduce fatigue and strain on the wrist with an easy one click trigger release. Our safety mechanism features anti-flare technology with a safety lock that keeps flame from being activated accidentally so you can be worry free.
ADJUSTABLE TEMPERATURE REGULATOR: Our professional culinary torch is designed with an adjustable temperature regulator that gives you complete control of how big or small you want your flame to be. With a built in fuel tank meant for daily use, the burning time per tank last up to 60 minutes with a constant burning temperature of 2730° F (Butane not included)
100% LIFETIME VIE DE CHEF GUARANTEE: Our refillable culinary torch comes with a 100% lifetime guarantee. If for whatever reason you don't absolutely love your premium quality cooking torch, just return it. We'll refund every penny (or replace it, if there is a problem).
PROFESSIONAL QUALITY CULINARY TORCH - Used in the finest restaurants. Ideal for caramelizing sugar atop creme brulee, glazing a baked ham, searing a steak, roasting bell peppers, melting cheese and toasting bread crumbs.
SAFETY FIRST- Features Anti-Flare technology with Safety Lock for Worry Free operation.
EASY TO USE - Simply slide safety lock to off, turn flame knob until you hear the gas flow and press on ignition button. Voila, instant flame that can burn to an amazing 2730 degrees!
DURABLE - Built with a heavy duty metal body for long lasting use. Includes a FUEL GAUGE WINDOW for easy refill indication. Can burn up to 60 minutes.(Butane not included).
NO HASSLE WARRANTY- Includes a 3 year WARRANTY with our 90 day "No questions asked" money back/replacement guarantee!