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Premiere 500,000 BTU propane torch on the market
Trademarked molded handle for more comfort and control
Comes fully assembled
Burns clean and efficient propane - no caustic chemicals
Perfect for home, farm, industrial, and construction
Tools & Home Improvement
2 Years Limited, Parts and Labor
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I live in the Pacific Northwest, an area with a mild climate, plenty of rain, and lots of sunshine in the summer. In short, weed nirvana. It takes only a month or two for a vegetable or flower garden to become overrun with weeds. Further, the soil at my house is a very dense clay, so once a weed gets rooted, it is a serious struggle to remove it. Since I am not a real fan of herbicides, time for modern methods.
=== The Good Stuff ===
* It is about the most fun I have ever had weeding a garden. Some weeds (like certain thistles) almost explode when you torch them, which I admit is somewhat gratifying. (Might want to wear eye protection, that hot sap hurts).
* The torching goes pretty quick, and seems about the same level of time and effort as spraying roundup.
* There are two settings, the normal flow, and a "turbo" setting. The normal flow worked for about 90% of the weeds, especially the smaller ones. Giant weeds, and those I knew...
Very pleased with the torches performance and handling. It's extremely effective on weeds and is at least 500,000 BTU s. The trigger is great when you need to calm down the torch when using it. If you use a full bottle of propane it is very heavy to move around, I would recommend a 20 pound or do what I did, take the half empty propane bottle off your BBQ and use it. The last torch I had was not this hot it also did not have the trigger boost like this one, both are better to have. It is boisterous as heck "loud", but that makes it more fun to use, More Power. Makes killing weeds almost fun. Also you may want to put your wife to work, have her follow you around with a water hose and wet every thing down after you.
Update After the first time of use I found out that if you open the gas valve too quickly it stops the gas from coming out any faster then a low flame. To fix this you have to shut off the gas tank valve, bleed off the torch gas, then shut off the torch, and...
At first I was a wary of having such a big output in terms of fuel usage, but I was pleasantly surprised to have about half a tank left (filled to 4.5 gallons when I started) after over an hour of straight usage. Considering the cost of spray concentrates compared to propane, this is acceptable to me. In today's market, I estimate cost of use is in the range of $5 per hour. The adjustment valve is for idle flame only. When you pull the trigger you have no choice but to get the full 500kbtu/hr output, but it turns out that's not a bad thing as the work goes faster. I did an experiment where some areas I burned the (green) weeds completely off, and in another area I just scorched them. The next day, the scorched weeds looked almost completely dead. I will report back when I know more about how well the roots kill with that approach. My plan is to save time by just scorching them, and then burn them away once they've dried out. The added bonus to using heat is it kills...
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