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We’ve used a gas weed burner for a while now for between slabs and on the drive, saves using that awful glyphosate, especially with the amount of cats around us. We like it, just don’t get it too near the UPVC doors! Our garden is really small though so it’s ideal.

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I bought one of these a few years back and Mrs Mess just loves to play with it.

Last year she managed to ignite a largish conifer which was next to the fence.

Anyone remember the Fawlty Towers episode where Manuel comes out of the burning kitchen shouting “fire” followed by Basil joining in?
Well after I heard my wife’s Manuel impression I took over as Basil. Fortunately the hosepipe was connected and close by so it was quickly put out.

The lesson here is that conifers, even green ones are very inflammable which might surprise a few unsuspecting weed burners.

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18 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I’ve just been to get a Sheen flame gun for weed removal. They’ve been made in Bulwell since 1952. It looks a formidable bit of kit. I’ve just assembled it and I’ll  get some paraffin to fuel it up in the morning. I’m going to have some fun with this, it looks dangerous!

 

A lad who lived in our street in the 1960s worked at the factory and had one of those.. He wasn't a gardener.. just a vandal.:laugh:

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Tried a cheapo gas fuelled burner last summer. Succeeded in making neighbourhood smell like the East End during the Blitz, but still ended up digging the blasted weeds out.

Paraffin ones sound a better bet...can you buy them online ? This Sheen brand is a new one on me.

 

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Sheen appear to be the only paraffin powered ones available. They’ve been made in Bulwell since 1952. The gas fuelled ones are alright for small weeds between slabs but the Sheen gives a serious blast of flame. They can be bought online. Mower Magic at Hykeham near Lincoln seem to be the cheapest. I picked mine up from there but delivery is FOC unless you live on a remote Scottish island.

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My owd dad had one of those on his allotment garden, back in the early 60s. My older brother, Keith had a go with to clear a patch of weeds to impress dad. Only trouble was, he set fire to dad's own built shed.

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4 hours ago, philmayfield said:

Sheen appear to be the only paraffin powered ones available.

Paraffin is rather expensive now. I had a shock when I bought some from the Handy Centre recently. Vodka might be a cheaper option. 

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The Handy Centre hadn’t got any. They told me ‘they’d stopped making it!’ There’s plenty at Homebase and B&Q so I’ll get some tomorrow. The excitement mounts! It’s more expensive than petrol but less volatile. If I’d got more patience I’d dig the bloody weeds out!

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Paraffin and Kerosine are interchangeable terms. In the UK paraffin is maybe seen as a cleaner more refined version of  kerosene. In other countries kerosene is the term. And the fuel for jet aircraft is kerosene, so I doubt there's a real shortage

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Excellent so far. Got up, couple of posts here over coffee. Cut the front grass and brought mower round the back but decided to wait till tomorrow to cut back grass.  Instead, planted up the only four runner bean seedlings which have germinated so far, then potted on my Cucumber seedlings.

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On 6/7/2023 at 5:43 PM, philmayfield said:

I’ve just been to get a Sheen flame gun for weed removal. They’ve been made in Bulwell since 1952. It looks a formidable bit of kit. I’ve just assembled it and I’ll  get some paraffin to fuel it up in the morning. I’m going to have some fun with this, it looks dangerous!

You’ve got something to answer for Mr Mayfield. Today I was out and about to see my grandson unveil a school project. On the way I drove past a house having a sort of garage sale and even at 30 mph I spied a Sheen weed burner on the drive. I’d would have not given it a thought were it not for the mention here. So after a brief barter £30 changed hands and a very respectable burner complete with tool kit is in now in my garage. I had one years ago and almost destroyed the house I was living at in Hucknall in 1976, the driest hottest summer. Not my brightest idea.  I don’t recall what happened to it. I have a cobble stone drive with grass and weeds constantly growing between them so this should help. 

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Excellent idea. Perhaps we could have a burner meet at the pub much like classic car owners and bikers do. I’m waiting for a piece of aluminium to arrive in the mail and can hopefully call soon to try and sort the tent piece out on the lathe.

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On 6/10/2023 at 5:14 AM, letsavagoo said:

I don’t recall what happened to it. I have a cobble stone drive with grass and weeds constantly growing between them so this should help. 

Can't use a blow torch in the summer when we have a "total fire ban", can't use angle grinders or welders outside either.

I have a long paved driveway down the side of the house and I use a "once-a-year" path weeder spray which contains Glyphosate, Oxyfluofen and Diflufenican works really well and does keep the weeds away for a long period. Before anyone arcs up our health bodies have defined the product a non-toxic.

Boiling water is also an effective eco friendly weed killer.

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