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CAMPINGAZ Garden Torches – Fiery Weed Control

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. 

 WhyBuy..? 

  • Chemical free way to weed
  • Easy to aim and apply
  • Quick too!
  • Gas canisters freely available
  • No need to bend over!

CAMPINGAZ Garden Torches –Fiery Weed Control!

To say that I suffer weeds badly is an understatement. I hate the wretched things, but here in the rural south-east they make a permanent onslaught on my garden, even in winter. It doesn’t help that I am the world’s worst gardener, and what I always look for is a quick and easy solution to problems, since I don’t have the patience to undertake a long-term weed killing strategy.

Having tried chemical weed killers that offer what seems to me a thorough solution to regrowth, I think my weeds are much tougher or I am not doing it right – because they always grow back.

So, when I received the CAMPINGAZ garden torches I was encouraged that at last I had a solution to my weeds. One that wouldn’t poison the local cats (although I still have a vendetta with the nasty black one that kills birds and messes in my garden) and one that would also be quick and easy to do, even if it needs repeating during growing season.

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 so that purchasers can examine the business end where the burner is but the gas cartridges are safely inside the packaging. Both torches use the CG3500 GA gas cartridge which is clearly labelled as Garden Gas and is a butane/propane gas mixture.

As tools they are both very simple. 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. This valve has a built-in O-ring that provides a safe seal when the cartridge is in place and the cartridge itself has a valve so that it can be safely removed for separate storage when not in use.

Also on the long end of the V is a small piezo button that, when pushed, provides a spark to ignite the gas. This worked pretty well first time, every time I used the torches, even after a long interval between “burns”.

The V shape also 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.

It is important to read the instructions contained in the pack, not only for safe use of the burners, but also to understand how to use them most efficiently.

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. It should not be necessary to reduce the plants to ashes – merely to scorch them. In fact, if the burning is too intense, there is a danger of fire that could spread to plants and other things nearby. Care is definitely needed to target the unwanted plants and avoid peripheral damage.

I mostly used the GT 2000 PZ gas burner because I was tackling the weeds growing up between the slabs in my patio and on my front path. This burner is about 100mm long and 15mm wide and hidden underneath is a series of small holes that cause the flames to jet out of the burner quite intensely. This helps the flames to wilt bigger leaves quickly and also enables you to get close to edges and borders. Don’t try using these garden torches in wet weather because the wet leaves wont wilt away as easily.

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 flames are fierce, as evidenced by the pressurised gas “bubbling” noise that you get from the burner. And they are also efficient. The burner also contains the flames from going too far so that you can direct them pretty accurately to where you want them. Definitely good for the stubborn individual dandelions growing on the grass.

I was able to use these garden torches over a period of several weeks and I found them easy to use. Getting them out of the shed and attaching the gas cartridge (stored separately for safety) takes only a matter of minutes. Covering areas and individual weeds is effortless and can be done without bending down. 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. There are still certain places (like near the oil line leading from my oil tank to the boiler) where clearly it would not be advised to use the torches. Also, chemical weed killers may be needed for some other situations where the flames may not be the right solution. 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.  Also, new weeds germinate and grow in between treatments and can get quite big surprisingly quickly.

I don’t think that the CAMPINGAZ torches turned me into a better gardener, but they certainly made weed control a quicker and more efficient process and one that can be used when the weather is dry. Chemical weed killers have a lot more stipulations as to how and when they can be used as well as being less environmentally friendly.

HYPERTORCHES from Campingaz

The two gas torches from Campingaz’s HYPERTORCH range are both suitable for skilled DIY and trade use – using a mixture of butane and propane gas to deliver enough heat for soldering copper pipes and removing paint etc. Campingaz claims that the mixture gives an extra 35% of heat energy compared to a single gas.

Both of the torches come in a simple and PZ version. The PZ version is lit using the piezo switch that provides the spark to light the gas, while the simple version will require a lighter.

The HYPERTORCH A2000 PZ has a pistol grip and small gas canister. It stands roughly 20cm high and is 27cm long with a brass nozzle that stands out to direct a flame onto the work area. The body is made from a solid plastic. Areas of ‘manual use’ are picked out in red – like the piezo switch.  The handle itself is large enough to fit a large gloved hand. It has some grippy checkering and finger grips and the piezo switch is placed where it can be flicked by a thumb. Just behind the switch is the adjustment wheel marked with a clear + and – to indicate on and off for the gas.  

The instructions and safety guidance provided with both torches are clear and explicit on how to use the torches safely, how to mount the gas canister and how to deal with some of the safety issues that might occur. The simple line diagrams are clear and referred to in the text so users can ensure they are doing the right thing.

Using the torch does not need a degree in engineering – all controls work easily.

The first time it took a matter of minutes to get it going.  The click-on plastic base is wide enough to provide a very stable stand for the torch. And it can be removed when the gas canister needs to be replaced. With the wheel valve in the closed position, the gas canister is screwed on slightly more than finger tight until it is sealed against the O-ring on the valve assembly. Then open the valve wheel and flick the piezo switch until the flame is lit. Once the flame has stabilised, use the valve wheel to get the sort of flame you need for the job in hand. Plumbers will be happy to know that this torch can be used in a full 360 degrees once the flame has been stabilised.

The HYPERTORCH A3000 PZ has a bigger (and therefore longer-lasting) gas canister and the long slim shape helps reach into spots where the A2000 cannot. Again, the plastic base means that it can be put down safely.

The torch head is solid plastic with working parts picked out in red and the piezo switch doubles as the gas valve – making one handed use a possibility. Ergonomically shaped bulges and bumps allow the user to hold the nozzle onto the work area while keeping fingers clear of the heat. There is also a loop stand to hold the torch flat. It could also be a hanging hook for the back of a van.

 It takes minutes to get this torch operational with a flame adjusted for work. It too can work in 360 degrees so the user can get the best angle to work.

Campingaz offers these professional torches with a limited 2-year guarantee, and from my experience of them they will withstand the bumps of a worksite.

 

WhyBuy...?

  • Light
  • Easy to handle
  • Full 360 degree burn
  • Cartridges easily available
  • Enough heat for trade use
  • Base stabiliser included

HYPERTORCHES from Campingaz

Admittedly from a kid’s perspective, I can still remember the fun (?) and excitement of getting the old-style paraffin blowtorches going. The smell of the paraffin and the inevitable mild swearing from my dad somehow gave the event the significance of a scientific experiment that might go wrong. If it worked, then the job would go ahead. If not, then there was a lot of clearing the jet with a fine wire and other disassembly and probably more bad language. Even if all went well, firing up the blowtorch was a job that took at least twenty minutes.

Step forward in time to the advent of gas in cartridges, and we now have concentrated heat quickly and safely delivered to where we want it - and with no reasons for swearing. The two gas torches I was sent to try out are from Campingaz’s HYPERTORCH range and both are eminently suitable for skilled DIY and trade use, as they use a mixture of butane and propane gas to deliver enough heat for soldering copper pipes, removing paint and lighting charcoal barbecues – and a whole lot of other jobs too. Campingaz claims that the mixture gives an extra 35% of heat energy compared to a single gas, so you get to work faster – not something that I can test directly without a laboratory, but I didn’t have any trouble doing some sample soldering of copper pipes.

Both of the torches come in a simple and PZ version. The PZ version is lit by simply flicking the piezo switch that provides the spark to light the gas, while the simple version will require a lighter or a match to get it going.

I started by looking closely at the pistol grip version – the HYPERTORCH A2000 PZ. From my work running focus groups with plumbers I know that they often use a pistol grip torch because they are smaller and are easier to put down safely due to their lower centre of gravity. The A2000PZ stands roughly 20cm high and is roughly 27cm long with a brass nozzle that stands out far enough to direct a flame onto the work area. The whole body of the tool is made from a solid plastic that is robust enough to withstand some serious site use. Areas of “manual use” are picked out in red – like the piezo switch and nozzle retainer.  The handle itself is large enough, and shaped to fit even a large, gloved hand. It has some grippy checkering and finger grips and the piezo switch is placed just above where it can be easily flicked by a thumb. Just behind the switch is the flame adjustment wheel marked with a clear + and – to indicate on and off for the gas stream. Users need to be able to reach this control quickly and easily because it is often safest to turn the gas off when the torch is put down.

Just a quick comment on the instructions and safety guidance provided with both torches – of course they come in many European languages but the English versions are clear and explicit on how to use the torches safely, how to mount the gas cartridge and how to deal with some of the safety issues that might occur. The simple line diagrams are clear and referred to in the text so users can ensure they are doing the right thing.

Using the torch does not need a degree in engineering – all it requires is that the gas cartridge is mounted correctly, the piezo works properly, and you can adjust the flame to the required heat by using the thumbwheel. All the above are easy to do, even by a first time user who has read the instructions carefully.

When I used the torch for the first time it took literally a matter of minutes to get it going.  The gas cartridge has a plastic base that is simply clicked onto the bottom of it and this is wide enough to provide a very stable base for the torch when not in use. And, of course, it can be removed when the gas cartridge needs to be replaced. After making sure that the wheel valve is in the closed position, the gas cartridge is simply screwed on slightly more than finger tight, making sure that the threads bite correctly and it is sealed against the O-ring on the valve assembly. Then open the valve wheel and flick the piezo switch until the flame is lit. Plumbers will be happy to know that this torch can be used in a full 360 degrees without losing power, after only 5 seconds' pre-heat time, allowing you to flip it upside down and quickly get to work on those hard-to-reach jobs.

The HYPERTORCH A3000 PZ has a layout that is more commonly used by plumbers because it has a longer (and therefore longer lasting) gas cartridge - and I guess the long slim shape helps reach into spots where the A2000PZ cannot. Fortunately, the plastic base provided for the gas cartridge means that it can be put down safely.

The torch head of the A3000PZ is again made of a solid plastic with working parts picked out in red and the piezo switch doubles as the gas valve – making one-handed use a possibility for those with strong fingers. Ergonomically shaped bulges and bumps allow the user to hold the nozzle accurately onto the work area while keeping fingers clear of the heat. There is also a strong metal loop that acts as a stand to hold the torch flat when needed. It could also be a storage hook for the back of a van so that the torch is not kept in the usual crush of a plumbers’ toolbag.

Again, it took only a few minutes to get this torch operational and with a flame adjusted for work. It too can work in 360 degrees so the user can get the best angle of the flame to present.

Campingaz offers these torches with a limited 2-year guarantee, and from my experience of them, I think they are professional quality tools with enough toughness to withstand professional use and the kinds of bumps they would get on a worksite. They follow classic designs that have proved popular with the trades, and are simple to use – there is just no excuse for bad language!

 

Campingaz at ToolBank 2015

Campingaz launched  its brand new innovation range of Hyperformance Gas and Hyperformance blowtorches at the Toolbank Autumn shows which started at Brands Hatch on 10th September.

The combination of the new Campingaz Hyperformance Gas® with new distinct nozzle designs on theHyperformance blowtorch range, provide ultra-performance by transmitting more energy and heating-up metals faster than ever before, saving customers both time and money.

The new Hyperformance blowtorches have been re-designed and improved to optimise the benefits of the Campingaz Hyperformance Gas® blend which works faster, is more powerful and allows a much faster transmission of energy. Using this gas blend with the newly designed Campingaz® blowtorch nozzle ensures a reduced pre-heat time and up to 35% more power than other Campingaz® products in the range.

The reduction in pre-heat time, improvement in liquid phase resistance and increase in power allow tradesmen to complete jobs in a flash.

Visitors to the show also had the opportunity to see the new Campingaz® Garden Torches and Garden Gas™ blend which is up to 4 times more powerful than previous models.

Two new gas torch models will be launched in Spring 2016, combining a comfortable ergonomic handle, lightweight design and powerful gas flame powered by the distinctive Campingaz® Garden Gas™ cartridge. This new range allows consumers to clear weeds quickly, without having to bend or kneel and without worrying about toxic residues being left behind that could be harmful to others and the environment.

For more information on Campingaz products contact your local Toolbank stockist or visit: www.campingaz.com

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