The Lincoln Electric Inferno Propane Torch Kit is great for burning brush and weeds, repairing road surfaces, removing paint, melting tar and asphalt in roofing applications and removing snow and ice. Has quick shutoff valve for safety. Comes with a 10 ft. liquefied petroleum (LP) gas hose striker for up to 350 psig.
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73%of customersrecommend this product36 of 49reviews
My wife cannot light it since her arms are not long enough to hold the trigger while striking the flint on the flame end. The worst of the design is that when one releases the trigger to move from one area of weeds to another 20' away, the flame goes out and must be lit again. I spoke with a company representative who told me this was a safety issue driven by liability. None-the-less it's very inconvenient compared to the previous unit that I had with a pilot lite at the nozzle. Unless you have a very long hose and large propane tank to sustain a continual burn level while holding down the "safety" lever, find a different brand.
I bought this model over other brands, because it was fifty bucks and I thought it included a "squeeze valve," a lever to control the gas flow. The lever on this one is only a deadman switch, you need to hold it down all the time, or else the torch goes out completely. I took it the lever apart to see if I could modify it with a small hole or something to create a pilot, but that looked tricky, so I just removed the lever assembly it and replaced it with a 1/4" NPT coupler. You could save yourself the work and achieve the same thing by taping the lever down. All-in-all I'm satisfied. I've had no problems with the torch shutting itself off due to excess gas flow triggering the safety stop built into the tank connector. You shouldn't need to open the valve on the torch more than 1/4 turn. Torch assembled in Mexico.
Pros: lower cost than weed dragon
Cons: Difficult to Use, deadman lever annoying
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Review 4 for Inferno Propane Torch Kit
from Wappingers Falls NY
Age Range:65 or over
Home Improvement Profile:Other
Fantastic! One powerful Torch . Weeds do not stand a chance with a blast from it!
One just needs to fully follow the instructions for lighting.As the new gas tanks have a safety feature that does not allow you to open the valve fast. One needs to SLOWLY fill the hose. Once done one can blast away.....
I wanted to review this because I read a lot of bad reviews about how poor the flame was. When I first started it, the flame was very low...almost like holding a lighter, but if you let it sit for a couple minutes to purge the air out of the hose, it blasts fire like a rocket. It works so well it was a little scary! It does this with each use, open the valve on the gas cylinder, and wait for the line to purge. I pull the trigger on the torch itself a few times until you hear the blast of propane, and not just a hiss of the gas pressure dropping. Once it goes, I burned through 200 feet a grass in 15 minutes instead of the days it would have taken with the trimmer and a rake.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
Cons: should tell about the need to purge the hose
This tool really cranks out the heat. We used it to light some brush piles, in the rain, and it had them going very quickly. The down side of this tool is that it doesn't have a pilot light. If you let go of the trigger valve, the flame goes right out. I would like to see an adjustable needle valve inserted between the flow valve,and the trigger valve to bypass the trigger valve. There is a quick and dirty work around to this. I removed the trigger valve plunger, and used a very sharp chisel to drive a very small groove across the valve seat. This allows a small amount of gas to bypass the trigger valve, even when it is closed. This acts as a pilot light to keep the flame going when the trigger is released. Start with a small groove, and increase size as needed to keep the pilot light lit. The flow control valve still turns off all gas flow when needed. This modification significantly improved the usability of this tool.
The device as sold does not fit standard propane tanks, it needs an adapter. I have since found comparable quality devices, re: Large propane torch. For much less money. I bought this for weed control and I have yet to use it since the adapter does not come with it. I have the correct size propane bottles (20#) that are pictured on the torch package but the fitting doesn't fit the 20 lb bottle.
Cons: not ready to go out of the box, expensive
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Review 8 for Inferno Propane Torch Kit
Well-made, solid hardware. Simple instructions, so read and follow them. So-so on human factors.
I purchased this to clear weeds and grass from a big gravel driveway, my only use for this tool. As other reviewers have noted, the safety valve is a pain: I defeated it with a twist tie. It is as loud as a jet in use: ear plugs and lower flow setting minimize the noise. My back and hands tired after long use, so I'm devising a handle that will allow me to hold it at its center of gravity and use it without bending my back. I'm quite satisfied with the rate of propane consumption and its cost. My weeds are toast! It will take some time to learn whether the weeds come back, but they came back regularly after both toxic herbicides and a less-toxic but comparably expensive salt/vinegar solution. I have high hopes that this will be the answer to my problem driveway.
The Inferno Propane Torch Kit is basically what the name says—it produces a concentrated HIGH-heat flame. When lit.
I bought the torch as I needed to do some emergency flat-roof repair using a torch-down membrane. The torch worked well when lit. It produced a continuous, controllable flame. The body of the torch is pretty solid, and the fittings (brass) will last for the life of the unit.
The downside is getting it lit. Follow the instructions carefully—there is a pressure activated shut-off valve in the hose connection to the propane tank. It was finicky getting the pressure from the tank (I had a full filled one for this job) to not kick off the hose’s internal safety valve. After a few tries, it lit.
Forget using the sparker included—grab a small propane torch to spark this up. Once running, it worked well. However, it does not have a pilot light, as some roofing torches have. So, you need to re-light it each time. Also, there are no little feet to set the torch down on a flat surface while working the roof membrane you just heated.
So it gets four stars—mainly for the finicky lighting and for not having a pilot light. If you need this for burning under-brush or continuously melting snow, it will do the job nicely. For roofing, if you are doing anything more than minor patching, get the model made for roofing.
I bought this to kill weeds in our gravel driveway. I don't really want to use chemicals, so I chose this approach instead. It is perfect for my needs, but a little expensive. It's well-built, so I'm sure that the cost will be justified over the next several years.
I like that you can control the gas flow with the knob on the handle, instead of having to adjust from the knob on the tank. The hose is the perfect balance between long enough to cover some ground, but not so long that it is a trip hazard.
Don't waste your time with the flint striker. Scares the bejeezus out of me to have gas flowing and have to strike it several times! I finally just used a long lighter like you would use for candles or a grill.
Got home, open package and ready to use. The regulator on it is a flow regulator, not a pressure, so when your ready to start, squeeze trigger and hold, wait one second and then lite it. when you release the trigger, the hose fills up with tank pressure. If you lite it before waiting, you will be suprised how powerful you can get it. lol I used it for some redneck weed wacking on the street. works great for me. cant wait to try it when it snows.
Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight
I don't usually write reviews but this thing is wicked. I used it on green weeds that were wet and they were gone in just a few seconds. This thing sounds like a jet engine when its at max output. Works great and easy to use. It makes yard work fun!
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks
Works great, no problems so long as you do what the instructions say. So many of us guys think "I know how to use this, I don't need to read any instructions". If you just open the tank valve as you would usually do the safety valve inside the tank fitting will kick in and you will not be able to get more than a small flame, if that. Opening the tank valve very slowly will fix that problem. From there it works flawlessly. It would be nice if the lever valve had a pilot light feature but I understand why it doesn't as it is one of the safety features of this unit. Your hand does get tired holding it down however.
Pros: great product just follow the instructions.
Cons: your hand gets tired holding the lever down.
I bought this to try & clear an outdoor drain that had become iced over. This thing really didn't work out too well for that. I ended up just lighting a duraflame log over it & letting that burn. Later, I tried to melt some snow off my back patio, but this thing couldn't even really make a dent in the 4" of snow out there. Maybe it'll work better on weeds this summer...