Depending on the space at hand and what else may be in the shop, spatter and slag can easily roll under objects catch something and smolder. Unsuspecting, one may leave the shop after doing some work only to return in the morning to a pile of ash and rubbish. Thankfully this has not happened to me, but being a firefighter, I have seen a few burners or near-misses from the use of a torch inside. Granted with proper precautions it isn't much of a worry but I would just rather do my cutting outdoors if it's going to be a substantial amount. I know many of us at one time or another are guilty of having gas cans or oily rags in the shop out in the open. I have used a torch in he shop on before, I just make sure it isn't at the end of my time there or for any lengthy period. Personal preference really. Kind of like a flex torch or rigid on a TIG haha, it's all in what the user is most comfortable with.
Ahhh ok,sometimes i forget i'm in a Jeep forum and not thinking about being in a home garage and not a Fab Shop,..grinding,welding and cutting all create possible smoldering/fire hazards,that why we always quit work at least a 1/2 hour before time to leave as a "30 minute rule" for fire safety.
A little trick just incase you didn't know about preventing scratching the stainless handrail and such up on a steel table,put some firecloth on it,we generaly do that with any stainless but not to so much as to prevent from scratches but to prevent any mild steel from contaminating the stainless and cause it to rust later.
I know what you mean about personal preferences on a TIG torch,i can go either way with them,i like a ridgid when out in the open,but its impossible to TIG a root and hot pass on a say a 12" inch pipe in a corner in a power plant condensor,need a flex head with a button top,unless you cut out the plate wall behind it and then replace it.
Thye both have their purposes,i have several of both,just recently sold a "red head" weldcraft flexhead tig rig i aquired from a sell out from a company goin out of biz.
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