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Spring has sprung, for better or for worse, and with spring comes tedious weeding. Gardeners go into battle armed with herbicides and pronged implements, or they engage in hand-to-weed combat. But why should you literally stoop so low as to pull them up, when you can burn them out of existence? With the Weed Dragon you can implement a scorched earth policy against unwanted plants.

The Weed Dragon, a long propane torch attached to a propane tank by a flexible hose, provides a non-chemical solution to weed management. It ruptures weeds’ cells with 100,000 BTUs of heat. The little flamethrower runs off any standard propane tank, and it comes with everything you need to hook it up.

The fixtures are all designed to be tightened by hand, so you don’t need any special tools to get going. And it’ll also come in handy for thawing ice, starting barbecues, and doing your impression of De Niro in The Deerhunter.

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Average street price is about $75, but you can get it from some retailers for closer to $50.

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9 Responses to Weed-A-Pocalyspe!

  1. Fred says:

    I’ve seen something similar at a local Home Depot – think it sold for less.

    Lowes sells a Bernzomatic JT850 torch promoted for a similar purpose – but styled to use throw-away propane tanks. I think it costs about $35

  2. Dan says:

    I’ve got one of the ones that uses the smaller propane tanks, the “Weed Annihilator”, CDN$30.

    It’s very satisfying to watch dandelions frazzle up, but it doesn’t really stop them coming back, sadly..

  3. PeterP says:

    I’ve been looking at using one of those to strip paint off of a garage floor. Didn’t think about it’s applications for gardening.

  4. Chris says:

    Dan pointed out what I’ve suspected all along: this thing looks like a lot of fun, but it seems like a waste of propane, because it doesn’t really kill the weed roots. It might be effective for very light-duty work, like clearing a few stray stalks of grass out of a sidewalk, but I highly doubt it’ll have any long-term effect on dandelions or other common broadleaf weeds.

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  5. Bill says:

    Not only does it not discourage weeds for any length of time, it encourages other weed seeds to sprout on the bare ground. Not to mention that you reek of smoke after using one. It has some utility but not to the extent that they are portrayed as the be-all in weed control.

  6. Brau says:

    *If* it came with a heated rod to bake the roots … maybe it would actually work – which it doesn’t. If you want to see how well it works, try getting out your BurnzOmatic propane torch and see how long it takes for the weeds to grow back. Then notice how the burned ash fertilizes the ground and makes it better for a new crop of weeds. Good for a quick weenie roast or torching a roof though! 😉

  7. Baron says:

    Fun, but Roundup is the best way to make sure it is gone and stays gone.

  8. Ryan says:

    I will stick to my cordless black and decker weedeater. still going strong on its second year.

  9. douglas2 says:

    Used one in England for weeds in sidewalk cracks and such. The idea is to get the leaves hot enough to go slightly shiny, and then stop, not to incinerate the weed, which just encourages new growth from the intact root. My experience is that the weeds die once they heve been only slightly glazed. But perhaps US weeds are different, like the US lawns in the flymo post.

    Of course when the blumber got flu and had to back out of replacing the bathroom on the week it needed to be done, I ended up using it to join the copper tubing, which was amusing to to the other tradesmen…

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