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Anyone use a Flame Weeder in their garden ?


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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted February 10, 2018 - 07:41 AM

I read about using a flame weeder and at the end of the season bought a HF propane torch to see how well it would work  So far I only used it to melt ice on the sidewalks that don't get sun , worked good for that !  Here's a youtube on one that does a bed that's kind of neat    https://www.youtube....?v=mlDugl-hYIw   Anyone use one that could give some tips cautions , ect ?  https://www.harborfr...orch-91033.html


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Posted February 10, 2018 - 07:57 AM

How does it discriminate between good plants and bad?


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Posted February 10, 2018 - 07:57 AM

Here's a co that  sells for small gardeners  http://flameweeders.com/index.htm



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Posted February 10, 2018 - 08:02 AM

It seems best , for me anyway would be to flame weed would be peremergence , I would just use the cultivator after that though some pictures show "hoods"  around the torch , also saw a large farm tractor going through corn which did singe the corn but they said because corn grows through the middle it's not harmed 


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Posted February 10, 2018 - 09:29 AM

They work great. You don't need to hit the weeds with the flame necessarily, just the heat will kill the weed.  I use a hand held propane torch to kill potato bugs. Guaranteed dead. I do hit the bugs with the flame, but only a second, is all you need to kill the bugs. 

 

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Posted February 10, 2018 - 09:36 AM

I think there's a difference in weed control & seed bed prep. I've been wanting to try the one from HF to control weeds in fence lines. The seed bed prepper looks like it just singes the top of the bed.

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Posted February 10, 2018 - 09:51 AM

It can be used for seed bed prep if you want, when tobacco was big around here , they would steam the ground to kill disease, weed seeds,and insects. We plant our garden with a plastic layer and use the burner to keep the middles clean. It really shows benefits from year to year, because no matter what anyone tells you , weed spray will carry over.
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Posted February 10, 2018 - 10:20 AM

I will take the tiger torch to the garden this spring. I was planning on using it on my crushers fines at back of house. Dont know about these crusher fines but they sure do grow weeds 


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Posted February 10, 2018 - 01:37 PM

My trusty Sneeboer hoe has never let me down.  Greenhouse gas free, no fuel tank needed.

 

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Posted February 11, 2018 - 09:40 PM

https://farmersfrien...ment/pyroweeder

Twice the price as the one you linked but after watching “ in use “ vids of both on YouTube, this one is slick, of course it would have to be adapted to a hitch mount for a GT .... right ? 😁
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Posted February 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

I think someone could make one for a GT with 3 of these for a reasonable amount of $    Having 3 different heads you could pick the best one for the job https://www.ebay.com...=item3ceb9a24ae


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