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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:59 pm    Post subject: Fires of hell Reply with quote

Today I invested in a flame thrower weed wand. Seen them advertised on Lidl (approx. 17) phone app for their Thursday specials but couldn't make it yesterday but went today and of course they were all gone. Trotted across the car park to Woodies to pick up something else and inquired about a weed wand, They were 34 and just as I was looking at them a member of staff came along with a half price sticker, ohh happy days. Anyway, made my purchase and went home. There are 8 drills approx. 45m long that just got away on me with the weeds that grew to nearly 4 feet. They got the round up treatment about two weeks ago but are an eyesore. I was going to use my strimmer to cut them down and gather in to one heap to burn them (wasn't looking forward to that). Then I remembered Good Guy extolling the virtues of a weed wand several times so I thought I would go down that route. Glad I did as it was both effective and therapeutic! I had little fires all over the place and it is supposed to be heavy rain here tonight so I seized the moment when it was still dry. With that job finished I turned my attention to the still live weeds in the drills and gave a few of them a blast. I am not convinced yet that it does kill the weed entirely as the root I fear is not effected by the flame. I am particularly cursed here with doc, ground elder and scutch grass.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the trouble with them. The effect is only cosmetic because a lot of the weeds come back from the roots again. It's great, though, if you have visitors coming and want immediate weed-free effect.

The last time I got frustrated with the slowness of my little Mickey Mouse weed wand, so I used a roofing torch with a Calor Kosangas cylinder. A hundred times faster. Smile Smile Unfortunately it set fire to some Ivy and Box unbeknown to me. They started smouldering behind my back and I only noticed when I heard crackling. Good thing, I have a pond full of water nearby! Smile Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on what you use them for. They are great for annual weeds and personally I love watching hairy bitter cress wilt under the flame!
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