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A man is weeding with a propane troch
A propane torch removes weeds from the yard

Items Needed for Weeding

Installing the Propane Torch

  1. Ensure all connections of the propane torch are tightened securely.
  2. Attach and secure the hose to the propane tank or cylinder.
  3. Use soapy water to check for leaks.
  • Ensure the valve on the propane tank is closed during installation, and do not rush to open the valve on the propane torch.
  • Use a wrench to tighten connections.
  • Once everything is connected, spray soapy water on all connections. Slowly open the valve on the propane tank and look for bubbles indicating leaks. If bubbles appear, tighten with a wrench.
  • If you listen carefully, it may trigger a backflow preventer when the valve on the tank is turned on too quickly and closes the propane supply. If you wait a moment, the backflow preventer may close on its own, or you will need to close the valve box and vent pressure by opening the cutting torch valve. Turn it off, and slowly turn on the tank valve.

How to use the Propane Torch

  1. Slowly open the valve. You should see the hose move with increasing pressure. Once the pressure has increased for a moment, fully open the valve on the tank.
  2. Slightly press the valve on the torch and use a striker to ignite it.
  3. The flame size can be adjusted using the valve on the cutting torch. The larger the flame, the higher the temperature. However, a larger flame also means propane is consumed faster.
  4. To extinguish the flame, close the valve on the torch. Alternatively, I prefer to first close the tank to burn off gas from the pipeline. Let the flame get very small, then close the cutting torch valve and disconnect the pipeline.
  • The end of the torch where the flame is located becomes very hot. Once the torch starts burning, do not touch this area, especially when closing it. Allow it to cool before storing. You can hold the valve seat or the hose, as both areas remain cool.

Strat to Weed Control

  • The best time for weeding is spring or summer, before weeds grow too large, making them easier to eradicate.
  • Remember to burn seeds if present.
  • To protect plants you want to keep, aim the torch lower and adjust the valve to reduce heat while moving. You can also shield desirable vegetation with water.
  • Avoid weeding in dry weather to prevent fire hazards after rain. Have firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers, blankets, or hoses nearby for safety.
  • The ground cools quickly, but stones retain high temperatures for a short period. Avoid burns.

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