I am the world’s worst gardener, and what I always look for is a quick and easy solution to weedkilling.Chemical weedkillers seem to offer what seems to me a thorough solution to regrowth, but they are sometimes not indicated when animals and children are around, so the CAMPINGAZ garden torch offered a different solution to my weeds.
I was sent two gas-powered garden torches – the CAMPINGAZ GT 3000 PZ and the CAMPINGAZ GT 2000 PZ. For easy display in shops the torches are blister packed. Both torches use the CG3500 gas cartridge - clearly labelled as Garden Gas and is a butane/propane gas mixture.
They are V-shaped with the burner end of the V elongated enough for the burner to reach comfortably to the ground while held by an average height user. In the middle of the V there is a plastic handle that provides grip and comfort as well as protection from any heat. On the other end of the handle is the gas valve onto which the gas cartridge is screwed. Also on the long end of the V is a small piezo button that, when pushed, provides a spark to ignite the gas. The V shape allows the user to balance the tools in the hand so that they can swing easily forward and back and from side to side to provide maximum coverage when killing weeds.
These gas burners work by scorching the leaves of the plants. This causes them to die back and become unable to absorb the light and nutrients necessary to survive.
I mostly used the GT 2000 PZ gas burner tackling the weeds growing up between the joints in my patio and on my front path. This burner is about 100mm long and 15mm wide and it causes the flames to jet out of the burner quite intensely.
The GT3000 PZ with its 50mm diameter burner claims that it is up to four times faster at killing weeds than the standard 22mm diameter burner nozzle. I used it on some stubborn grass growing on my path and patio. The burner also contains the flames from going too far so that you can direct them pretty accurately
I was able to use these garden torches over a period of several weeks and I did find the easy to use. Getting them out of the shed and attaching the gas cartridges takes only a matter of minutes. Accuracy is good too – it is fairly easy to avoid burning plants that you don’t want to target.
In my experience of using these garden torches, they are a very useful way of controlling weeds since they provide one more weapon in the armoury. I found that I had to “reburn” every couple of weeks or so to keep the weeds permanently down, simply because some weeds are very tough and need repeat treatment.
- Chemical free way to weed
- Easy to aim and apply
- Quick too!
- Gas canisters freely available
- No need to bend over!