Best Propane Weed Torch
Are you looking for an easy way to get rid of weeds without using harsh chemicals? If so, a propane weed torch might be the perfect tool for you. Propane weed torches are easy to use and can help you quickly get rid of unwanted weeds without harming the environment. Let's take a closer look at how propane weed torches work and explore some of the pros and cons of using them. We'll also provide a few tips on how to choose the right torch for your needs. So if you're thinking about purchasing a propane weed torch, keep reading!
Types of Torches - Aren't they all the same?? (nope)
You have probably noticed that torches all have a BTU rating along with a model number. BTU (British Thermal Unit) measures the intensity or the energy output of the torch. This unit of measure does not matter in the weed torch world as much as the size of the torch kit.
Your purchase will depend on what size of flame you need/want. You can see the flame sizes by torch diameter HERE. You will see that in just ½” there is a significant change in your flame size. Remember, there will be some deflection off the ground when using your torch. For instance, when pointed at the ground, Flame Engineering's Weed Dragon® models have a flame area about the size of a large dinner plate.
Many torches also come with accessories to make your flaming easier and more comfortable. A dolly makes it so you don't have to carry around the propane tank. The Squeeze Valve is great for spot weeding and instances where a full flame is not continuously required - it will quickly pay for itself in propane savings if this is how you will primarily use the torch kit.
How it works
When flame weeding, the most effective method is to catch weeds early, from 1-4 inches. At this small stage, flaming is nearly 100% effective at killing weeds, whereas weeds over 4 inches are more difficult to kill without multiple flamings.
Flame weeding is what we like to call a "slow kill". Essentially, you are destroying cell structure in the plant leaf. The weed will no longer put energy toward growth (photosynthesis) taking the kill though the root system. YES, flame weeding will kill the roots too! Even on big weeds (over 6"), you will see a stunting effect and even a kill within a few days, depending on how established the root system is and how long the plant was exposed to heat.
Benefits of Flaming Weeds
Most flame weeders run on clean burning propane for a chemical free control. These torches are incredibly easy to use - screw into a readily accessible propane tank, light and effectively control weeds in your yard and garden. Fire leaves no run off so you the kids and pets can play in the yard right away! And, you don’t have to work about when it rains! Weed torches can also be used for clearing paint, lighting fire pits and grills, preheat for welding, disinfecting (used is Poultry Houses on a large scale), drying, and more!
Best Torches - and their best application
Each Red Dragon® Vapor Torch Kit includes everything necessary to operate except the propane tank. Each propane torch kit features rugged, all steel construction and is designed to operate on propane vapor only. This torch works best for large applications like clearing ditches, controlled burns and lighting backfires. Popular for farmers and forestry services that need to clear large areas.
The WEED DRAGON® is the perfect propane torch kit for home and garden use. We've regulated the flame and BTU down for homeowners who don't need the power of a farm torch and we've even assembled it. This torch kit is still plenty powerful for lots of tough jobs all year long and generates heat up to 2,000° F. The 100,000 BTU Weed Dragon® quickly hooks up to any refillable propane tank (barbecue cylinders work great) and even comes with a hand-tighten tank fitting (you don't even need a wrench!).
The Weed Dragon® & VT21/2-30C backpack models are great for very small, quick jobs specifically in areas that a tank cannot be wheeled, such as foresty services, municipalities and extremely rough terrain and remote areas. We've packaged it with a durable back pack and 10 lb. cylinder to make your weed flaming even easier. Versatile and easy to use! (Propane tanks are shipped empty. Simply take to your local propane dealer to fill.)
Need to flame big time? Red Dragon® Agricultural Flamers kill unwanted weeds and grasses, break down old growth to make room for new, destroy insect habitat and provide safe & effective control without the use of pesticides. Prior to herbicides and insecticides, flaming was fast becoming a popular control method in many crops. With so many growers seeking alternatives to pesticides, flaming is making a very successful comeback . . . and this time, we're here to stay. FLAMING: Effective, Economical, and Pesticide Free!
So, what’s the verdict? What torch kit seems like the best fit for you? Propane weed torches are a great way to get rid of weeds without using harsh chemicals. If you have a green thumb and want an environmentally friendly option, flame weeding is definitely the way to go. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also more cost effective in the long run. And if that’s not enough incentive, flaming weeds is just plain fun!
- Sarah Nattier