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I want a flame gun that “takes the work out of winter” (and has 1,000 and 1 uses) – Link.


  • Josh Leo’s Cornstarch Flamethrower – Link.
  • Homemade backpack flamethrower – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. Mic_Hall says:

    Yeach… this is good one – it melts all the snow into water, which in turn will freeze and make a nice ice pool – great for skating ;-). Good luck, nonetheless…

  2. rmadams says:

    I saw the part where it said “even your wife can use it,” so I asked my wife if she wanted a flamethrower, but when she asked “what for,” all I could say is that there were 1001 uses, none of which I could enumerate…

  3. John B says:

    I got one and burned the house down. Plus, when the fire fighters arrived they slipped on the glaze ice covering the front walk. BRILLIANT!

  4. NotoriousBRK says:

    I have something similar. A $20 propane torch from Harbor Freight that connects to an LP tank for a BBQ grill.

    Very handy, not much use for clearing snow, but it is good for burning down weeds and other add tasks that freak my neighbors out.

  5. BK says:

    Love the disclaimer:

    Clear stairs (except wood)

  6. Dax says:

    You could just buy a Tiger Torch. (For $20 at harbor freight as a poster above mentioned)

    Video of a Tiger Torch vs. a Snowman

  7. darus67 says:

    Whoa… It even “Burns up snow”

    Now there’s a trick!

  8. Owen says:

    Seems like a great way to shock stone, brick, and concrete into cracking.