About Us

Congratulations FLAME ENGINEERING, INC. and its Employees on another Safety Milestone:  Flame Engineering employees bring a passion for safety to work everyday. This is perhaps the greatest reason for our enduring success and our celebration of 22+ Years With No Lost Time Accidents. A safe work environment helps Flame Engineering operate more efficiently and retain dedicated employees.


Flame Engineering is currently certified in OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP.) This prestigious certification was first achieved in October 2000 and is currently recognized through 2019 when we will renew.

In the mid 1950s, Ralph C. Pivonka and his son, Mike, designed a propane torch for burning weeds and brush on their Kansas family farm. As word spread about their flaming equipment, Ralph and Mike found themselves building more and more torches to satisfy a growing local demand. The Pivonka's soon out grew their farm workshop and went into full production establishing the company known as Flame Engineering, Inc., which now has expanded into national and international markets with the popular Red Dragon® product line.

Over the years, Flame Engineering, Inc. has been recognized for achievements in the LP Gas industry. The development of liquid spray flaming, a unique patented process, attained widespread acceptance as a method of controlling weeds and insects on farmlands. 

In the early 1980s, at the suggestion of several customers, Flame Engineering introduced the Red Dragon line of Roofing Torches specifically designed to satisfy the needs of professional roofers applying modified bitumen. The superior quality of the Red Dragon line was quickly recognized by contractors and is now the preferred choice throughout North America. Flame Engineering continues to expand the roofing line with wagons, roof dryers, seam finishers, cylinder dollies, spud bars, and accessories.

In addition, Flame Engineering was the first manufacturer to help the American Gas Association and Canadian Gas Association Certification write a standard for hand held, LP torches, used with a remote fuel supply.

In recent years, Flame Engineering, Inc. has developed an entire line of outdoor leisure products including Patio Lights and the Weed Dragon® Torch. In addition, it has expanded the agricultural flaming line with the development of the Red Dragon® Alfalfa, Row Crop and Berm Flamers. This diversity has allowed the company to grow regardless of market highs and lows.

From a single torch, developed for use on the family farm, Flame Engineering, Inc. has expanded its product line to over 100 items. We invite you to Contact Us for more information about Red Dragon® Products. We look forward to hearing from you!

Members Of:

  • National Propane Gas Association
  • North American Retail Hardware Association
  • Propane Marketers Association of Kansas
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • Western Kansas Manufacturers Association
  • Mid-American Manufacturing Technology
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • Western States Roofing Contractors Association
  • Midwest Roofing Contractors Association
  • Organic Trade Association
  • US Poultry & Egg Association

Where We Are:

Flame Engineering, Inc. operates from one factory located in LaCrosse, Kansas. LaCrosse is located 22 miles south of Hays, Kansas on highway 183.

We have MANY distributors throughout the USA. To find a store near you, visit Friends of Flame!

Patented Products:

Flame Engineering, Inc. currently manufactures Red Dragon products under 8 patents. The most recent patent, issued in December of 2008, is for the Poultry House Sanitizer.

CSA Certification:

Flame Engineering, Inc. currently manufactures 18 CSA (formerly AGA & CGA) Certified products. Flame was the first manufacturer to comply with a written standard for hand held LP gas torches for use with a remote fuel supply. AGA, CGA and Flame Engineering combined efforts to write the first and then, only criteria for propane torches with hose assemblies and refillable fuel supplies exceeding 2.71 lbs. Both AGA and CGA specialized in testing LP gas appliances and equipment. AGA and CGA are now owned by CSA International who continues product testing and certification for both the United States and Canada.


We warrant all goods to be free of defects in material and workmanship. We repair or replace defective merchandise returned upon authorization. Please DO NOT return goods without consent. Warranty does not apply to items altered or subjected to misuse or neglect.