Got a new propane torch? Not sure how to use it for weed burning? Looking for practical usage tips for weed burning? You’ll want to use it safely, of course. That’s a given. Still, there other tips that may help make using it more efficient. Here’s just a few.
Get the version that self ignites.
This is partially a safety rule. It just makes sense that trying to juggle lighter and torch could present a problem in that area. However, it’s also simply more efficient to push a button for ignition. The convenience is well worth the added cost.
When to angle the flame.
When burning weeds with a propane torch, it’s faster to angle the flame. However, it’s not always the safest or best approach. Angling the flame for large areas helps the flame spread quickly. It also allows more natural air in to intensify the heat. This saves time. There are, however, instances in which you may not wish to angle the flame.
When to keep the flame straight.
Keep the flame straight when burning weeds that are close to other plants. That is, plants you don’t wish to destroy. This will keep the heat of the flame centralized on the weeds, while saving your “good” plants. You should also keep the flame straight near grassy areas or objects that could ignite.
Increasing the air level gently.
Depressing the air acceleration handle too quickly will put out the fire. When more flame is needed, accelerate slowly, as you would with the gas pedal on a vehicle. This will save you much time and effort needed to continually relight the flame. It will also prevent an unnecessary fire hazard. You really don’t need all that power to do the job efficiently. Why take the risk?
Be dressed for the job.
Burning weeds with a propane torch is a dirty, smoky job. It’s best done in casual clothes. Avoid wearing sandals or open toed footwear in case the flame accidentally gets too close. You will smell of smoke when you’re done with the job. Consider time to shower when planning.
While this may sound obvious, be aware that the wind will change while you’re working. It can also shift or fluctuate when you accelerate the air to the the flame. Getting a face full of smoke isn’t just unpleasant, it can be hazardous. That smoke can sting your eyes, rendering you sightless. It’s not good for the operator of a flaming torch to lose their ability to see the task at hand.