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However, we are currently aware that California and Maryland have legislation regarding flamethrowers. The city of Warren, Michigan has also prohibited possession/use/sale/manufacture, although one of our employees was pulled over post-ban and received positive responses to the XM42 that was in his vehicle.
At the time of this writing, we have read that: 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. While you may be successful having a unit shipped to you; 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.
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.
How Things Work
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.
When you run out of fuel, refilling is a piece of cake. Simply turn off the pilot torch knob, open the fuel tank cap, and pour your fuel in. No worries about pressurization or needing to mix any additives.
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. There is also a screen which acts as a flame arrestor built into the pump for an added measure of safety.
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 some new options for those who desire higher capacity.
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.
Keep in mind that the lower the voltage, the faster the battery voltage drops when used. A battery at 10.5 volts will drop voltage much faster than one at 12.5 volts. Do not put off recharging until it is too late.
- melting snow and ice
- clearing weeds and unwanted foliage
- controlled burns
- firefighting and training
- insect hive control
- pyrotechnics for events
- simply a fun and exciting display
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.
The charger is a basic one that can be found at any hobby shop. 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.
The voltage tester is a “Li-Po voltage tester” easily found on Amazon or local hobby shops as well.
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.”