How to Remove Inserts From Carbon Arrows

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The lightweight nature of carbon arrows makes them ideal candidates for the archer looking to gain an advantage in the field. To gain full advantage of carbon arrows, ensure that each component of the arrow is perfectly set, including the insert that holds the head to the arrow. Hot glue and epoxy are common adhesives used to secure inserts into the end of the carbon arrow. One type of adhesive allows you to remove the insert from the end of the arrow; the other does not.

Items you will need

  • Propane torch

  • Flint striker

  • Carbon arrow

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Cold water

Prepare the torch. Set up the propane torch on a stable surface, and turn on the gas valve of the torch. Place the flint striker in front of the gas nozzle of the torch, and push the striker to light the propane torch.

Set the tip of the carbon arrow insert 1/2 inch to the side of the propane torch flame. Do not allow the flame to come into direct contact with the insert or the carbon arrow because this will destroy the end of the carbon arrow.

Remove the end of the carbon arrow from the heat of the propane flame, and immediately twist the insert with the needle-nose pliers. If the insert does not move, repeat step 2 to apply additional heat to the insert.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to remove the insert from the end of the carbon arrow. If the insert does not move after two to three attempts at heating, the insert is held in place with epoxy, and you cannot remove the insert from the carbon arrow.

Drop the hot removed insert into cold water after you have removed it from the end of the carbon arrow to cool the insert, making it safe to handle.


  • Keep your body clear of the removed insert, as the hot glue that pulls from the carbon arrow with the insert is hot and can cause severe burns if it gets on your skin.


  • Setting the flame of your propane torch to a low flame will increase the time it takes to free an insert from the carbon arrow, but it will decrease your chances of damaging your carbon arrow.