Blazer GT8000 Big Shot Butane Torch is a refillable gas torch with a brass nozzle and attachable base. Shakespeare once wrote, “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” No better description for the Blazer GT8000 Big Shot. From its physical construction to its performance, to its capacity, the GT8000 often exceeds expectations instead of simply meeting them.
With respect to ease of use, the GT8000 is one of the simplest torches you may ever lay your hands on. Turn the fuel dial counterclockwise and you’ll hear the hiss of butane. Press in the rectangular ignition switch, and you’ll feel tactile feedback against your finger as the torch ignites. In other words, flip on the fuel, pull back the trigger, out comes the flame. Pretty simple.
The fuel dial is also where details start to matter. The dial provides firm responsive motion against your fingers, helping you adjust it with greater precision. Turning the dual, flame reaches between 1.25” and 5”, which is roughly a full inch longer than the bulk of comparable torches. Taken to its highest setting, the Big Shot is capable of heating to 2,500 °F.
Nobody likes wasting their butane. And the Big Shot is rather excellent at making efficient use of fuel, all without performance compromises. Even as your butane runs slow, the flame doesn’t begin to sputter, it continues to burn consistently until your fuel has been totally exhausted.
As one might expect, the Big Shot is refilled with butane canisters. One downside worth pointing out is that the GT8000 can only be refilled with butane cans from Blazer. But there’s a good reason why.