FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Ordering & Shipping

The XM42 is available for sale online through any of our featured online retailers as well as local dealers across the country! See the Where to Buypage.
The XM42 can only be shipped to addresses in the United States. We do not have export authorization, and sending a flamethrower to other countries is a tricky situation that we are not ready to dive into just yet.
There are generally no restrictions on flamethrower ownership in the United States. It is essentially an “extended-reach torch.”

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.

 

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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.

Yes, the XM42 is offered in both left and right-handed configurations.

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

Officially approved fuels: Gasoline (unleaded), gasoline-diesel mixture, and ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Any low viscosity fuel should theoretically be suitable, but the above are the only ones thoroughly tested, endorsed, and supported.

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.

The XM42 uses a proprietary system, which, at its core, utilizes a high pressure electric fuel pump, powered by a high amperage lithium-polymer battery. This provides an on-demand fuel stream that eliminates the hassle of dealing with pressurized containers and valves, and also yields the safest method of fuel delivery possible.

 

See the “Required Accessories” section on the Product Info page for details. Consult your user manual and the video instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqVynvXbe4E
Physics. Does your house explode when you turn on the stove? No? Why’s that? There’s a flame at the end of that pipe that’s filled with highly flammable gas. How scary! You need air to support combustion, though, and quite a lot of it compared to the amount of fuel.

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.

Capabilities

The current model’s fuel reservoir can allow for 30-32 seconds of constant full-on operation (if you so desired). The trigger switch can be operated momentarily or held on as long as desired until the tank is empty.

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 current design produces a stream of flaming fuel up to and beyond 25 feet from the nozzle. We’ve experienced up to 35 feet on some units.
No. Why would you want to? Napalm is nasty, thick, and produces a very uneventful flame. Gasoline is flashy, gasoline-diesel is useful, and ethanol looks awesome at night with its translucent blue/orange flame.

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.

Fully charged, the battery will typically hold 12.4-12.6 volts. Based on the 2200 mAh battery capacity, the system should be capable of 10 tankfuls at the very minimum, keeping the voltage within safe levels (above 10 volts). Your usage may vary based on environmental conditions and tolerances in the batteries themselves. Per the manual, always check voltage before and after use to ensure you have enough power available and the battery is within safe levels.

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.

Other Questions

Aside from simply being spectacular displays, there are numerous practical purposes for the ability to send fire any measurable distance:

  • melting snow/ice
  • eliminating weeds between pavement cracks
  • firefighting
  • 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.

Nope. It’s hard enough keeping enough in stock for our shipments, unfortunately.

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 have asked about the origination of the name, but the story is quite simple.

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.”

Contact us with your question and we’ll be glad to answer!