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Seen Around the Internets: Handheld Flamethrower

Legal in 48 states, but this is bound to cause some hysteria:

I wonder how good it would be at clearing the driveway of snow.

7 Responses to “Seen Around the Internets: Handheld Flamethrower”

  1. Garrett Lee says:

    Your answer, sir:

    http://what-if.xkcd.com/130/

  2. Ygolonac says:

    Well, it’d be more *fun*, anyway. :V

    The problem I foresee is all the meltwater lying about on the pavement afterwards, just itching to revert to glaze ice and murder everyone who dares set foot nearby.

    That may be offset by the fact that the flamethrower is an all-season tool, and is perfectly suited to other uses, such as removal of weeds. (I’ve seen a picture of my SeaBee dad torching weeds in the sidewalk cracks on base, back in the ’60s.)

  3. Merle says:

    I expect there was much panty-wetting among the left :)

    Merle

  4. Bubblehead Les says:

    For Snow Melting, just get one of the Roofing Torches used to melt Tar and hook it up to your Bar-B-Que Propane Tank. It works just fine for the Driveway and Sidewalks and Weeds.

    All of which I have done since I live about a half a mile from Lake Erie in the Snow Belt.

    But you will NOT get a Long Flame.

    But if I had the Spare Cash, I’d get one of those Flamethrowers before Obama issues an Executive Order Banning them.

    Just because.

  5. Patrick says:

    But if I had the Spare Cash, I’d get one of those Flamethrowers before Obama issues an Executive Order Banning them.

    Just because.

    Not me – because I’d play with it. Nothing good could come from me playing with a flamethrower in the woods.

    Nothing good, at all.

  6. Even my wife would prefer this over the snow plow.

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