Frequently Asked Questions
In California, unlicensed possession of “any non-stationary and transportable device designed or intended to emit or propel a burning stream of combustible or flammable liquid a distance of at least 10 feet” H&W 12750 (a)—is a misdemeanor punishable with a county jail term not exceeding one year or with a fine not exceeding $10,000 (CA H&W 12761). Licenses to use flamethrowers are issued by the State Fire Marshal.
In Maryland, flamethrowers fall under the state definition for a destructive device and would require an NFA tax stamp for possession.
Check with your local laws before ordering. It is your responsibility to understand and abide by all country, state, and local regulations. We ship anywhere in the United States; it’s up to you to ensure it’s legal in your area.
This device is solely intended for entertainment and utility purposes only. A flamethrower is a fun device for responsible adults and has numerous practical purposes. Be safe, be smart.
- melting snow/ice
- eliminating weeds between pavement cracks
- controlled burns/ground-clearing/agricultural
- insect control
- concerts/pyrotechnic event displays
- bonfire starting
The XM42 is simply an extended-reach torch. It is not a weapon, and it would be foolish to envision it as such. It is a fun device for responsible adults to play with, but also has real-world utility use.
There is not enough air to support sustained combustion inside the narrow pipe and nozzle orifice of our system. Even running on empty with hardly anything coming out, a flame front cannot travel anywhere inside the plumbing in any dangerous manner.
Rest assured, the XM42 was developed from the start with safe use in mind.
Our goal was to balance capacity and efficiency to maintain a lightweight and manageable device.
We are currently developing a special system for those that require even longer burn times (3+ minute capacity) with a more ergonomic structure.
Officially approved fuels: Gasoline (unleaded), gasoline-diesel mixture, and ethyl alcohol (ethanol).
Firefighters and controlled burn specialists typically use 30-40% gasoline, 60-70% diesel. Diesel won’t burn on its own unless the ambient temperature is extremely high (126°F). The gasoline burning keeps the diesel above its flash point, and the nature of diesel keeps it around long enough to completely incinerate the foliage it is directed at.
The only officially approved fuels are: gasoline (any unleaded), a gasoline-diesel mixture, or ethyl alcohol (ethanol). The core of the XM42 is a tight tolerance, high speed fuel pump, and thickened fuels would likely ruin the components.
Firefighters and controlled burn specialists typically use 50/50 diesel/gasoline in cold temperatures, 60% diesel around room temperature, and 70% diesel if the ambient temperature is high. The gasoline burning keeps the diesel above its flash point, and the nature of diesel keeps it around long enough to completely incinerate the foliage it is directed at.
It is important for lithium polymer batteries to remain above a particular voltage. In this battery’s case, 10 volts is the level where charging is an absolute must. If it drops below 10 volts, it may physically expand, and also not recharge. If this occurs, we’ll have to replace your battery for the cost of shipping and a new battery and ensure your XM42 is safe and ready to use again.
The charger is a basic one that can be found at any hobby shop, though. All you need is one made for a 3-cell Li-Po (lithium polymer) battery. We prefer the Turnigy brand, which is available here on Amazon.
If you’re right-handed, order a Right.
If you’re left-handed, order a Left.
On right-handed models, the right hand holds the rear grip with the trigger button, while the left hand holds the forward horizontal support grip. Left-handed models are opposite.
Many years ago, when the flamethrower project was initially under research & development, the creator was a fan of the XM8 experimental rifle. The XM designation was simply combined with his favorite/lucky number to create “XM42.”