After being disappointed with the electric bazooka, I did at least find a propane flamethrower! This lovely tool burns propane at a rate of 5.7 lbs. per hour and puts out 125,000 BTU, to bend 1/2″ to 8″ schedule 40 or 80 PVC — or you can set fire to your boots, pants, and anything under the pipe!
The marketing video on their site shows a time comparison between the flamethrower method of bending PVC pipe and the oven method, and at least the way they do it, this looks faster. Good thing, too — they want $823 for the gun and fittings. You’ll have to provide your own propane, so you’ll want to either see if your propane tanks are full or check ’em by weight; and why not weed your garden while you’re at it?
Street pricing on the HotBend has only one hit at $825.