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Cinnamon

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Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« on: February 13, 2004, 03:17:47 »
Hi,

being lazy, I bought a flame gun(Sheen X300) with hood and trolley to weed, and when it arrived it was a tad bigger than I thought it was when I ordered it.  Erm :) Well, I'm tempted to paint ACME on the side and make meep meep noises, but seriously, how do I use this thing safely and sensibly :-?  

thanks,

Cinnamon
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Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
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tim

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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2004, 13:19:19 »
We used one for a long time, and it's fine for knocking back young weeds, and surface seeds but, with the greatest care, it is only too easy to wilt your partner's favourite Solomon Seal - or something - so I bowed to her wishes!
Weeds don't need to be burnt to a frazzle - just severely frightened. = Tim
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2004, 14:53:29 »
Hi Tim,

I've oodles of space, so, my plan is to have one (or at most, two) row of plants per metre leaving plenty of space to pull the flame gun through at regular intervals.  Is that about right?

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Cinnamon  

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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2004, 15:11:36 »
I tried the flame gun when i first got my lottie as it was like a jungle, only problem was i set fire to ALL of it and had to get the fire brigade in to douse the flames and my red face  :-/ .
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2004, 17:49:52 »
C(c)innamon - the hood should prevent a mischief - just use your nous! ! = Tim
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2004, 18:21:15 »
Actually, Tim, I`ve always found that one of the effects of using the hood is to spread the heat further outwards, and any plant life within 2 feet on either side, and several feet in front, of the burner is likely to be severely damaged - particularly if there is any hint of a breeze to waft the heat about.

I Bought my first Sheen gun in 1948, but it did not have a built in pump (supposed to use the car foot pump), so in 1959 I bought the model I`m still using regularly.

Don`t expect to clear off a heavily weeded patch in one go, it isn`t intended to and it won`t. The gun works by exploding the stem cells of the plants so that the plants collapse, and the trick with heavily weeded areas is to flame the weeds once to do this, leave them for a week or so to dry off, then flame them off. Done properly this will also incinerate all the weed seeds lying on the soil surface.  Small weeds, as Tim says, will burn off in one go, and paths and drives can be cleaned up very easily. I also flame all my seedbeds before sowing to kill off surface weed seeds.

The gun is also very useful when potato blight has struck.  As soon as you have cut off and removed the diseased haulm, go over the ground with the gun and kill off all the spores before you lift the crop - this stops the spores getting into the spuds as you lift them.

It also comes in very handy for starting bonfires, sealing up cracks in tarmac drives, and bending/straightening/brazing of metalwork about the garden.
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2004, 19:07:31 »
No argument, Hugh. At least without a hood, you have a better view of what is happening? I seemed to recall that, with it,  the sideways effect was reduced.
Do agree with the light hand, followed by another flash-over. = Tim


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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2004, 19:32:00 »
Dunno about yours Tim, but I found that every time the hood hit a stone (or even a clod) it bounced upwards, releasing a burst of fire in all directions.

Forgot to mention - it`s also very handy for dealing with underground wasps nests (at night of course).
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2004, 20:05:32 »
You have clods and rocks in your beds?? = Tim
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2004, 22:06:20 »
I often feel that I have rocks in my bed when the arthritis bites, Tim, but I was actually referring to the wilder bits of the garden, which we allow to remain `natural`for the benefit of wildlife most of the time, but clean off every few years when they get too wild and start to spread back into the garden proper.
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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2004, 09:55:09 »
- just teasing, Hugh!!

Had a knee x-rayed t'other day - the one that let me down at the Tesco bread counter. Yes, arthritis. But there are all these little black things surrounding the joint, says doc. Yes, says I,  cannon shell!! Can't help??  

Only added that 'cos it seemed rather appropriate under this heading? = Tim
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Hugh_Jones

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Re: Anyone here use a Flame Gun?
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2004, 18:21:21 »
Are you sure it`s arthritis, and not lead poisoning? Must be very difficult to refrain from kidding the medics by saying "Well, this knee`s heavier than t`other one, doc."
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