alcohol burner

alcohol burner [alkuh-hawl bur-ner] noun

Also known as an alcohol lamp. A small burner filled with alcohol that creates a small, portable heat source. In the confectionary world, this tool is used for fine pulled sugar work.


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An alcohol burner keeps sugar soft and pliable when forming pulled sugar pieces. Using denatured alcohol is best, as it burns cleanly and will not blacken the sugar. Temperature manipulation is key. By holding the pulled sugar pieces near the open flame, they will soften and become malleable. The sugar firms up quickly, so it is handy to have the flame right there to go back to as needed. You can also use the heat to soften the edges of finished pieces to help adhere them to other pieces, such as attaching a leaf to a branch or a petal to another petal.

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