Packing a 3-gallon capacity gas tank, the Throwflame XL-18 is capable of spewing flames at over 100 feet! This is definitely not a toy. It is the most powerful and expensive flamethrower available. The XL-18 retails right around $3,199 but if you want the best, this is it. It’s also the only one with a few practical applications.
A flamethrower is a device that shoots pressurized fuel ignited by a pilot flame. They were first used in WWI to flush people out of trenches. During WWII the United States Army used the M-1 and M-2 flamethrowers for clearing bunkers and machine gun nests. Flamethrowers in the United States are completely unregulated and legal to own in every state, except California and Maryland (I’m not an attorney so don’t quote me on that. But that’s my understanding of the law).
Obviously with something as powerful as the XL-18 you can get into serious legal trouble discharging in a populated area. Throwflame has been in business since 2014 and they are based out of Cleveland, OH. Before the XL-18 they had the X-15 which retails for $1,600 and has a maximum range of 50 ft.
Is it practical?
There are a few practical uses for it other than being the Rockstar at the family BBQ on the Fourth of July. Law enforcement and military units in South American and Asian countries use them for burning drug production sites. Farmers use them regularly for starting controlled burns and land management in agricultural areas. Some New Englanders claim to use them for ice and snow removal from driveways and sidewalks.
Lots of you may be wondering how safe it is to strap a pressurized fuel system to your back, but the XL-18 has proven to be safe during our testing. The system is designed using CO2, which acts as a fire suppression system and keeps the flame from moving back into the gun. As the fuel is used up, the CO2 occupies the empty space in the gas tank making it impossible for a lit flame to enter the tank. It is also a closed loop system meaning atmospheric air cannot get into the system. Old WWII flamethrowers used nitrogen to pressurize the tanks, but CO2 works better since it liquefies at a lower pressure giving you more output with consistent pressure. There are two regulators in the system, preventing liquid fuel from entering the CO2 tank.
The XL-18 arrived carefully packed with everything we needed. Our XL-18 came with two jugs of napalm and a regulator. They also included 5 CO2 canisters. They usually only come with one canister and no napalm, but I would recommend buying extras and a few gallons of the napalm. They offer different packages that contain different add-ons.
My first thoughts when I picked up the XL-18 is this is absolutely the real deal. Everything is industrial grade and well made. The tank is made from steel and the backpack frame is aluminum tubing. The hand grip, trigger, and fore grip are powder coated 6061-T6 aluminum. The shoulder padding is thick and comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time. Adjustable waist straps function as they should to secure the unit in place. It distributes the 45 lbs. surprisingly well. The fuel hose going to the spray gun is an industrial strength high-pressure ¾” hose. Each fitting is wrapped in blue Teflon creating a completely sealed, leak-free system. The only thing that I did not like initially was the pilot flame ignition. It is a piezo (BBQ) lighter and for the price of the XL-18 I thought it should have been more robust. The ignition spark it created was a bit weak for the application.
|Dimensions||36 x 16 x 16 in|
|Fuel||The XL18 can use any commonly available liquid fuel. For best results without napalm, diesel produces maximum range and the longest burn times.|
|With napalm, 70% diesel and 30% gasoline mixture works well.|
|Fuel Capacity||3.3 gallons (12.5 litres)|
|Operating pressure||<1,000 PSI|
|Max Range||110ft (33.5m) achieved with standard tip and 80% diesel and 20% gasoline mix at 500psi|
|Hose||4ft high-pressure hose with swivel mount|
|Seals||Each flamethrower is equipped with specialized high-pressure O-Rings tailored exclusively for flame throwing fuel. Eliminates the chance of seal degradation and leaks.|
|Torch||Windproof – push button start for ease of lighting. Pressure regulated to burn in all directions.|
The manual recommends testing it with water first to make sure nothing was damaged in shipping. When I tested with water, I was blown away by how powerful and far the water went. It also has a surprising amount of recoil. I shot it off the canal dock and it sent a stream clear across the canal into the neighbor’s yard on the other side approximately 65 ft. away. Based on this observation, this could also be used as a riot dispersal tool filled with a water-pepper spray mix.
A note on napalm. It is a thickened version of fuel that is more of a gel than a liquid, so when put into a flamethrower the fuel is expelled more like a liquid then an aerosolized gas. This makes the stream hold together tighter and travel further. It also allows a longer burn time.
The directions are vague on what happens when you use different fuel mixtures, but what I found is that most everything worked. Different fuel mixtures change the distance shot, the rate it fired, and how combustible it was. The manual says you should use 80% diesel mixed with 20% gasoline to get the best results with the napalm fuel thickener. The instructions say to mix 1 oz of napalm with every gallon but this did not work. When combined, the napalm powder stuck together into clusters that could not be broken. The instructions also said it could be mixed with alcohol first. Combining alcohol first with the napalm powder was the key. We dissolved one 1 oz of the napalm mixture into 91% isopropyl alcohol. This was then mixed slowly with the diesel/gas mixture. I did three gallons at a time and that would fill the whole tank. We also experimented with 50% diesel and 50% gas and it caused the napalm to burn faster, brighter, and created a wider fire stream. Using pure diesel got the most consistent results but did have the same range as the napalm mixture. The more napalm added to the mixture made the fire stream smaller, but it would go farther.
After you mix the fuel and fill the tank you install the regulator. Make sure the regulator is closed and set to the off position before installing the CO2 canister. Then screw on the CO2 canister to pressurize the tank. Finally, connect the butane for the pilot light, set your pressure on the regulator and you are ready to fire.
Firing it for the first time was an unforgettable experience. It creates flames at a magnitude YouTube videos do not prepare you for. I have never been exposed to anything that hot before. It was blistering and blinding at the same time. You can easily feel the heat 50’ behind the operator. Depending on the fuel mixture and the pressure you could get between 5-15 seconds of shooting per tank. While the excitement doesn’t last long, it is long enough to destroy anything in its path. Note: sandals are not recommended, and double check wind direction before firing.
Throwflame claims the XL-18 shoots 110 feet, which is accurate, but I found that the distance and duration are both dependent on the fuel mixture ratio and pressure settings. Using the 80/20 preferred diesel gasoline napalm mixture I was able to easily set a pallet on fire at 90 feet. The longest duration burns were at a pressure of 250 psi using the 80/20 diesel gasoline napalm mixture. These burns lasted around 10 seconds. I found the optimal pressure setting to be between 250-300 psi. This is also what Throwflame had advised.
The first time we tested it, we were not using the regulator because it did not come attached to the unit and there were no instructions on how to install it. This caused a lot of headaches. Without the CO2 properly regulated the pressure in the whole system was between 800-1000 psi. The high-pressure fuel mixture would extinguish the pilot flame. The shortest duration burns were at a pressure of 800 psi, and this would create a giant monster fireball/mushroom cloud and then extinguish the pilot light. After talking with Throwflame we fixed the problem by installing the regulator and not using it above a pressure of 500 psi. Another problem we experienced when using the XL-18 was the piezo lighter for the pilot torch. If the pressure setting on the butane tank was not turned all the way down, it would not light.
Once we figured out the best setting for the pilot torch it performed consistently. The stream of fire was tight and easy to control versus the fireball originally achieved. This is a one-of-a-kind piece to add to your collection, and a blast to shoot. There are no other commercially available flamethrowers that have even half the power. It is a great tool for land management burns, making your friends jealous, and gaining followers on Instagram.
While you can’t help but smile using the XL-18, the setup requires a lot of planning and logistics. The pilot light butane canisters had to be bought and the CO2 tanks had to be filled in advance. This was a problem for us since we would have to drive into Houston an hour away to get them filled. Mixing the fuel requires consideration and so does transporting it. Not having a truck and putting that many gas cans in your SUV, is a recipe for a bad time. To shoot it 5 times you need 15 gallons of mixed fuel, totaling less than 4 minutes of actual shooting time and at least 3 hours of prep time. It also requires the highest concentration of isopropyl alcohol to mix into the napalm powder. The whole process can quickly turn into an all-day project. But if you are looking for a truly unique piece for your collection and you want something military grade the XL-18 delivers.
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Here’s a short compilation video of us having fun with the XL-18:
i’am going to buy one don’t like it come and take it if you can get by my beowulf ill give you a warm welcome lmao
FM 3-376A says as much as this article regarding fuel mixture and reach/time/quality. also covers different techniques. (author might be interested in that) I think it mentioned 400 PSI once, all an operator needed to know.
I don’t know about you guys but if there’s one toy I’m going to follow the instructions manual on it’d be this one! Brrrrrr
Be lots of fun to use up north right now,light up a cold dreary day
Early indications are that safe spaces and mama’s basements will not keep snowflakes from melting when this tool is in use.
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What a perfect solution to the rent a mob types, imagine the fun of watching leftist mobs get lit up. lol
The U. S. Supreme Court, U.S. vs Miller, 1939 (306 U.S. 174) remanded the case to the trial court to hear evidence on the military usefulness of short barrel shotgun. They ruled the government tax would stand only in the case of no military usefulness. The Court has refused to hear any challenge on the issue. Lots of people dead or in prison because citizens won’t keep their oath. Any comments on the text?
Another stupid toy for insecure douchebags, and fuel for more restrictions on freedom. All of my neighbors are gun owning farmers or owners of large plots of land. How many times have they said
” daaahnnnng man, shur wish ah had me uh flamethrower tuh halp me cleauh meuh proputy!”…oh that’s right, never. I guess we chalk this up to the double-edged sword of liberty…one man’s right is another’s opportunity to view fail videos on YouTube.
Never burned your fields before? What kind of farmer are you? Pretty popular down here.
Just a better tool to get the job done.
Why does this make your panties so tight?
I just love the breathability, cradling and support they provide.
I ran an M9A1-7 that was owned by a surplus dealer a couple years ago. It was running kerosene for the demo. Backlash heat was very uncomfortable. Not something I would want to own.
I make a bigger flame lighting up my farts! and you can’t ban beans and beer! so what now?
Holy freaking Libtards on these posts! These have nothing to do with the 2nd ammendment, and obviously you live in the city and have never ever worked on a farm clearing brush. It is an unregulated piece, just like black powder weapons are. Oh you didn’t know convicted felons can use black powder weapons? Yes they can because they are not a firearm as per our ATF. Grow up, half you people are the reasons why we will loose our rights because you will cave in to everything they want to take away.
Absolutely perfect for in-home defense.
Texas law specifically bans flame weapons.
I can find no reference to such a law in Texas. Do you have a reference to such a law?
All these silly comments on nut jobs and such.
I could do more damage running through a school, business or whatever with a sack of Molotov cocktails for the paltry sum of 2 gallons of gas.
Nothing will ever stop the nut jobs that haven’t passed through LEO’s radar, and some of them will anyway, so the idea that this device offers some form of Armageddon is utter nonsense.
Some people on here overreact and over think the smallest B.S.
Ultimately, there is only one thing that controls all of the nuts, and tyrants, both public and private, and that is an armed citizen.
These things do have a use commercially. They are great for clearing farmland and clearing bushes with thorns. But they scare me.
In Vietnam, we were overrun one night and we had to all guard the perimeter. There was a strip of woods around us, and by noon the next day, airstrikes were coming in. We could see the jets as they dived low to make a napalm run, but because of the woods, we could not see the impact. We could feel the intense heat from the other side of the woodline. Napalm is very hot and there is still a picture in my mind of the little Vietnamese girl running and crying as she was burned by it. Most of us remember that picture.
Yes, this could be an awesome weapon, but as such, it won’t be used for protection. As far as causing destruction, it does not even rival some of the stuff you can buy at Home Depot or even a swimming cleaning supply store, so you can take that in the rear, for the anti-gun group.
I can’t imagine the carnage, if that well-heeled pyscho at the hotel in Las Vegas, had decided to use one of these instead of his half dozen AR-15’s.
For $3000 plus fuel and accessories You get about 30 seconds of O M G ! ! ! However for that Kind of $ I can buy three quality 1911 pistols and shoot them forever at about $15 per box.! After pondering the prospect, I think I”ll pass. I think I just saw a tricked out Springer for $1000 and also a Remington R-1 6 inch HUNTER 10 mil. for $1017. I’m OUTTAHERE!
It appears that it would have some great possibilities if used on our Southern Border along with mine fields. Mine fields have been used quite effectively by Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile for decades to keep criminals, illegal drugs, illegal aliens and possible terrorists out of their countries and to assert their sovereignty!
Are they legal for hunting? That would take care of the ticks and fleas AND cook my harvest while I waited for the napalm to burn down. The price point alone will make this a novelty item. I can hear the anti-gunners now talking about gun crazies. I don’t think it adds anything positive to the conversation, but it sure does look like it would be fun to play with… Till Sheryl saw me with it near her sheshed.
The 50 ft. model has been on the market for over three years. Not one public incident with it.
All the snowflakes in this thread need to take that into account. More so, to the NRA people, this has nothing to do with the NRA, etc….
Finally, you can make something very similar, and many have, that shoots an easy 50 feet. The snowflakes in this thread are f—ing clueless about the real work and what can be done. You don’t need to buy one, people have been making them for years.
Insanity rains supreme! As if we don’t have enough problems! This is throwing gas on the fire, every crazy low IQ nut case will love it.
This article brings out the severe and inexcusable ignorance of “wannabe” “2nd Amendment Supporters.”
Here’s your cure:
First, get a copy of the Constitution including the bill of rights and read it with the federalist papers and a history book or two, learning about what the people who wrote these documents went through before they wrote them.
Second, procure a dictionary (preferably a Webster’s 1828–or older if you can find one). They have actually more words in the older dictionaries, and the definitions are distinctly different than modern dictionaries, which means that you can’t understand what someone in 1778 meant if you don’t know what their words mean.
Third, read the 2nd amendment with the dictionary in hand. Define every single word (okay the articles probably didn’t change). Make sure you understand and could coherently explain, what each phrase means based on these definitions.
Fourth, check your understanding and definitions with the Federalist Papers and the described and intended meanings.
There, now you may form an opinion and state such online or in other forums.
Should you fail to take this cure, you are not capable of forming intelligent and useful opinions, and are likely to end up making errors that are so egregious that they will impinge on the unalienable rights (which rights you would now understand had you taken the cure!) of other humans. Impinging on these rights has regularly brought death and mayhem to individuals such as yourself and of course many others including innocents when a group has had these rights assaulted sufficiently to begin to exercise their duty to revolt.
You will now understand if you took the cure that there is no government granting of said rights…they just exist with the birth of those who are rational and capable of exercising them. Governments/criminals often attempt to remove and restrict these rights and cowards and fools often give them up to live in slavery, but they cannot be legislated away or “reasonably restricted” (yes, Antonin Scalia was a coward and a fool).
Now, go and live free and die happy!
Docloch, everything that you said is essentially irrelevant since the ONLY interpretation of the Constitution and everything in it that ultimately matters is the interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court. Vintage dictionaries, The Federalist, and other historical documents can provide some interesting and useful context, but that’s all (and you can be sure that the justices on the Court have a greater familiarity and understanding of those documents, and many more, than you will ever have).
So, while your passion is commendable, your advice will only cause similarly impassioned people to waste time that could be more productively applied to reading and understanding Marbury v. Madison and the various SCOTUS cases concerning the 2nd Amendment.
You sure did type a lot of words, yet you said NOTHING!
Really? Your reading comprehension must be poor. Try reading it again, slowly, with a dictionary handy.
Well this is going to scare the Henny Penny’s to death. Expect legislation against these very soon.
During training for Desert Storm while watching Marines clear trenches I recommended that we brake out the old flamethrowers to clear the trenches and bunkers. The officers I was talking with seemed offended by my recommendation.
Does it come with marshmallows?
Don’t listen to the naysayers: I remember when our state was going to practically ban all fireworks for the 4rth of July, and displays were going way down and about dead where I lived. I wasn’t going to stand for that one second, so I got my Class B license and started putting up displays each fourth of July, and using as much art and imagination to make them really interesting. The whole community responded massively and it became a big deal for EVERYONE to go out and practice our God give rights to enjoy a feature that is actually commanded by the Declaration of Independence itself!! Believe me, these fireworks are much more dangerous than any puny flamethrower!! It took steel mortars, steel fence posts , and bailing wire to tie down some of the devices that make an interesting display. Even the fountains were made of steel muffler pipe!!
Quit being namby pamby about our rights! Practice them in PUBLIC as a shining example of FREEDOM and act like a man who believes in it, and the public will RESPOND positively! Don’t hide like a scared rat!
2 things can be true at once…
There is no real place for this item in society, and, if there is, it’s highly limited.
This thing is fucking awesome and would be a total blast to play with
Lighten up, you pussies.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a flame thrower is a good guy with a flame thrower!!
The Fudds are out on force on this thread. Personally I think it’s a perfect deterrent against militant communist mobs
I agree with Brian Webb to the fullest and then some!!!!! WHAT WERE YOU GUYS THINKING?????
I guess it isn’t bad enough that the anti- gunners and anti- 2A addicts aren’t waiting in the wings right now for some total JERK to bring a WELL KNOWN full scale WEAPON OF WAR to the forefront of publicity in hopes of “impressing the neighborhood” or “melting ice on the driveway”as an intro to another mass murder scenario??? THEY [the LIBTARDS] now have more fodder to feed to their ongoing quest to ban anything from a spitball/soda straw “shooter” on up to a semi-automatic sporting weapon of traditional use for hunting and target shooting from the public forever!! What next, “Impress YOUR son with an RPG of his VERY OWN this Christmas”???
WAKE UP AND DON’T ALLOW SUCH IDIOCY TO OCCUR ON THIS “PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER” OF GUN OWNERSHIP WHICH SO MANY OF US DEPEND ON FOR OUR STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE IN THIS BATTLE FOR OUR OWN CIVIL RIGHTS!!!!! THIS IS DEFINITELY A “ONE STEP OVER THE LINE” FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE CONSISTENTLY BACKED OUR LEADERSHIP FOR PROTECTION OF OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS TO SELF PROTECTION AND PERSONAL SAFETY!!! And may Sweet Jesus protect us if more of this ever hits the press or is touted on a website such as we have here! I cannot put into words how incensed I feel right now by GA allowing such as this article AND video to have a place on its website. What part of this so called “About the Author” gives him the background and/or the right to even broach such a controversial subject as public ownership of a FLAME THROWER?????
If I had any moronicial NOTION of spending over $3000 DOLLARS on such a “weapon of mass destruction” [if you think this thing is NOT a WoMD, think what it could do in a crowded indoor mall during a holiday shopping spree …..], and then make a VIDEO of its operation and write an in depth article on how to use it right down to the MIXTURE OF NAPALM to use in the damned thing, I would not expect anything more than a visit from my local LEO wanting to know my intentions with even possessing such a “man toy”!!
And then to top the article off with “But if you are looking for a truly unique piece for your collection and you want something military grade the XL-18 delivers.”, I would also expect a psych evaluation to be promptly ordered on my behalf to find out if I HAD a “right mind” or was simply another nut case free to roam the streets of our great country as guys like this piece of work are allowed to apparently do now!
And that’s all I have to say on this matter…….
You are exactly the type of 2A “supporter” that the anti gun liberals love. You’ll capitulate, bend over, take anything they want to ram up your rear end, then say “thank you”and ask for more..
Indeed. If you find articles here so stressful, maybe consider taking a “health” break. Its not good too get so upset about a relatively minor issue.
Now about the XL-18; does anyone know if it expends the entire CO2 cartridge for each tank of fuel?
Still waiting for my Hellfire missile kit.
Please sit down and STFU!
Your entirely correct. All those that are blasting you (and will me) are nut jobs that cannot see how thin the 2ND A rights support is in the USA. The US Supreme Court decision was 5 to 4 in our favor in Heller, and the author of that decision is dead. ONE VOTE BY A JUSTICE WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING!!! You can preach all you want about the Federalist papers and original intent, but in the real world the 2nd A means only what the current Supreme Court says it does. That requires we to be wise and responsible. Flame throwers and bump stocks only give ammunition to those who oppose us and provokes fear and distrust from those who have yet to decide if we have any regard to their and their children’s safety. I have no respect for the fools that think any resistance to any weapon is a threat to all. It is the exact opposite. Such resistance fuels the common perception that we gun owners have no regard for life or responsible gun ownership. If we lose our rights by that one vote, it will be you fault by joining up to ridiculous products like flame throwers. I close by telling you yahoos I have over 40 years experience in prosecuting criminals, own hundreds of hand guns, 4 ARs, scores of long guns and a legal fully automatic Mac-10. I also pack a hand gun always.
I smell your fear through the screen. Get over yourself. Deer slugs through a shotgun are far more dangerous than this thing.
Calm down old war heroes. Just a novelty item. We’re not gonna ask you or old Harry to start carrying live rounds chambered or anything.
This is a bunch of bull .I my self have gun an did a lot of hunting in my day.Now with these flame thrower on the market these nut cases out there will be burning down town an schools.What ever they read about they got to be the 1st. an you just to make money one way or the other
Here comes the disapproving comments from a flurry of wobbly morbid obese supply chain war vets in denim jackets ans strwtch khakis who carry 1911s and 686s.
Brilliant comment. While not a vet myself, I think that’s pretty weak.
Lot of money for 10-15 seconds of flame….hard to justify even for its so-called commercial uses, where you’d have to keep stopping for mixing and refills
absolutely the last thing I want
I was in the Air Force in Vietnam in a reconnaissance unit that hunted down the enemy and we would call in strike operations to destroy their positions, then we used to hang around and make sure the strike was effective so I got first hand knowledge of just how effective napalm was, If I was going to be killed, this is about the last way I’d want to go, it was more than horrible
When you feel like a Glock 17 with two extra magazines isn’t enough…
I am a lifetime member of the NRA, committed supporter of our second amendment and overall proponent of self defense, hunting and most everything gun related. This, however, I find disturbing and downright terryfying. I’m not sure I agree that flame throwers should have a place in the GunsAmerica library. I support our first amendment rights, but can’t this kind of thing be left to the fringe to discuss, support and basically promote? Feel free to try and change my mind……
Well good thing this has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment and more about having fun in the land of the free. Go cuddle up in your safety blanket and get over it.
as an NRA member you’re part of the problem
Yes, because protecting American’s rights and educating people are such bad things!
I guess the government will be banning flame throwers next, after some jerk takes one to a school and burns it down. I love my guns but flame throwers are not for the public.
Well that’s a piece obviously for those who have time and money to be wasted . Historically speaking….Molotov cocktails are more cost effective and quicker to produce and have proven to be highly effective. Salt works on driveways for less cost as well.
Friend of mine ran a flame flame thrower in the Pacific theater during WWII. He still has nightmares. He stated that the tunnels they were clearing may have contained civilian women and children as there was no way to know. Those flame throwers were considered extremely dangerous to the operators as well as to the enemy. Perhaps it would behoove the operator of these to wear flame proof suits and head gear and gloves. I don’t know as I have never run one, but the videos that I have seen of military operations involving these things I seem to recall safety gear as common protocol.
Good thing technology and mindset has evolved past the 40s.
We were required to fire on at Basic Infantry Training Regiment right after USMC boot camp in 1965, everybody survived. I wouldn’t buy one but I support the right to do so if you have an excess of cash you want to get rid of. If I were an arsonist I wouldn’t spend 3 grand to start what I can do with a match.
About $350 worth of material. I see paintball CO2, a chinese regulator running backwards. MSRP is way too high.
If ANYONE you know has one of these things………..get some new friends.
Yep – and the last thing an attacking mob wants as they’re jumping over their buddies bodies while rushing your position after your mags run out = game over at the end of a firefight at you place when shtf.
So Cool! Makes me want to scream ROCK’N’ROLL!!FU#KERS!!!!
Eh, I’m not so keen on spraying fuel all over my land nor am I privy to contribute needless pollution to my area.
That said, definitely an effective “get off my lawn!” device. Also would be nice to get one before the eventual prohibition of such devices is enacted. No doubt some knucklehead is going to use this device illegally and kill and burn the hell outta some folks, and probably a crapload of property. (Fingers crossed though that this remains a good guys “fun” toy/SHTF device, but like in Vegas, some idiot lunatic will probably ruin it for the rest of us.)