|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||39 x 8 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||19425|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||Bernzomatic 19425 JT850 Self-Igniting 20,000 BTU Outdoor Torch|
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Bernzomatic 19425 JT850 Self-Igniting 20,000 BTU Outdoor Torch
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- HIGH OUTPUT – Produces large flame. Flame control valve easily sizes flame and extinguishes when finished.
- MULTIPLE USES –Perfect for weed control, starting barbecues, melting ice and other outdoor jobs. Uses propane or MAPP gas.
- ADJUSTABLE – Adjust flame control to fit each job. 36-inch reach for easy access with less bending or crouching.
- QUICK START –Integrated trigger-start mechanism produces flame quickly.
- MADE IN USA –Manufactured in the United States.
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From the manufacturer
Lawn and Garden Torch
Tackle a variety of outdoor tasks including chemical-free weed control, lighting fire pits, and repairing driveway cracks without bending and crouching.
- Heat Application
- Lighting Fire Pits
- Trigger-start ignition easily ignites the flame
- Flame Type: Brush
- 36-inch reach for less bending or crouching
- Adjustable flame knob extinguishes flame when finished
- Slip-resistant grip handle
- Durable solid brass tip
- Compatible with 14 or 16 oz propane fuel
The Bernzomatic 19425 JT850 Self-Igniting 20, 000 BTU outdoor torch (DISCONTINUED by manufacturer) is specifically designed to produce a high-output flame for a wide variety of outdoor uses. you can use this torch to burn off weeds and leaves, start barbecues and campfires, control insects, melt ice from walkways, or patch asphalt cracks. This torch burns propane or map Gas and features an integrated trigger-start mechanism for quick flaming and an adjustable flame control knob. The BernzOmatic JT850 trigger-started outdoor torch is specifically designed to produce a high-output flame for a wide variety of outdoor uses. You can use this torch to burn off weeds and leaves, start barbecues and campfires, control insects, melt ice from walkways or patch asphalt cracks. This torch burns propane or mapp gas, and features an integrated trigger-start mechanism for quick flaming and an adjustable flame control.
The BernzOmatic JT850 trigger-started outdoor torch is specifically designed to produce a high-output flame for a wide variety of outdoor uses. You can use this torch to burn off weeds and leaves, start barbecues and campfires, control insects, melt ice from walkways or patch asphalt cracks. This torch burns propane or mapp gas, and features an integrated trigger-start mechanism for quick flaming and an adjustable flame control.
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However, the customer should not need to figure this out. I even went and got bernzomatic brand fuel in case that was the issue. Nope. I had to modify the device myself. That's bad design and/or testing. I recommend this device (it's a lot of fun and it works) as long as you do the modification but I won't be purchasing any other Bernzomatic products because I don't wish to do my own product testing and redesign.
My only real complaint is that the ignition switch is halfway down the shaft. I'd expect it to be up at the handle, like where the control valve is. That is a strange design error. But, other than that, I love this thing and strongly recommend it!
The torch appears to not have good design features: Air is mixed in below black handle rather than simply at the bottom of the tube. Air / propane mixture subject to wind pressure. Tube overheat melt off safety feature was good. Gasket at female end of handle that mates with propane bottle appears to be a natural fiber similar to cork which may flake off. Tube melted off when I purposely tested as listed below to try to isolate blow out issue which in my opinion was the air / propane mixture ratio and pressure.
Sequence followed to figure out that torch is not usable:
1. Vacuumed out torch tube from bottom with tank vacuum with good suction. Sealed tube bottom with rag to get strong suction from bottom of tube.
2. Rinsed tube out with water inserted up bottom end of tube with propane valve closed.
3. Let torch dry in hot sun light for two days.
4. Verified tube completely dry.
5. Tested piezo self starter which showed good spark when viewed from bottom of tube.
6. Inspected tube with flash light. Tube inside looked clear.
7. Flipped black tube handle upside down and opened propane valve completely.
8. Used sewing straight pin for hemming to verify valve body propane hole not plugged.
9. Poured about 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol down propane hole to remove any moisture and verified that rubbing alcohol flowed through propane valve body freely.
10. Let rubbing alcohol evaporate.
11. Replaced natural material gasket at female end of torch with a synthetic non flaking gasket from a propane bottle long term storage stop leak cap.
12. Attached a brand new propane bottle to torch and verified no leaks.
13. Attempted to start torch in wind free garage. Torch would go out every time about one second after lit.
14. Decided to experiment with reducing air flow into tube by taping off two out of four air entry holes at base of black handle. Got torch to stay lit about three seconds.
15. Taped off all four air entry holes below black handle.
16. Got torch to light and stay lit about twenty seconds.
17. Used torch to burn weeds for about thirty seconds.
18. Opened two out of four air entry holes. Torch ran continuously without going out but was operating too hot for tube. Torch used for about two minutes. My experiment resulted in the torch being too hot and overheating tube beyond designed safety temperature. Torch bottom melted off. See photos.
19. Completely disassembled propane valve and took photos and wrote up this review.
Comment to seller:
Good service. Quick service. Five star rating. I believe the torch was an authentic Bernzomatic torch. Manufacturing date numbers on valve body of 17850 0217.
Comment to Bernzomatic:
I think you have some problems that you should check into: improve user manual to include re-lighting details and troubleshooting details, design of product, manufacturing quality control, and verify that some Chinese company is not impersonating your product on Amazon and selling garbage. I would also suggest that you get your customer service to provide swap out service promptly rather than provide guesses as to what may be wrong. The user manual should be improved to give clear safety instructions including eye protecting against overheated exploding rocks, detailed troubleshooting steps, and detailed cleaning and servicing instructions. You should provide refurbishment service or replacement regardless of whether product is bought online or in a retail store. Poor customer service!
Comment to buyer:
I would not take a risk on this product no matter how many good write ups you read. I did some research online and decided to buy a Harbor Freight weed burning torch by Greenwood item number 91037. Good result when using. Nice design features. Price less than Bernzomatic torch. I bought an adapter for the Greenwood torch hose to go from a 20 pound propane tank to a one pound throw away propane tank for fifteen dollars. I may get a belt clip to hang the one pound propane bottle on my belt.
I hope this long review helps everyone out.
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First, the thing wouldn't start. Then I finally got it started ... but it kept shutting off. I swapped tanks. Both tanks were brand new. It made no difference. After wasting an hour of my life fiddling around, I finally got it to stay on long enough to do a test patch. Unfortunately, you can't control the flame that well. I want to pinpoint a single weed in a garden setting, but this unit doesn't allow you to be that accurate. It has a powerful and rather wide flame.
After trying to reduce the flame in an effort to control the burn area (without success), I gave it (and myself) a rest for about half an hour. I was getting pretty frustrated.
On the second attempt, the unit started on the third try, but I still couldn't reduce the flame so I took the tank off and packed it in before I totally destroyed my hydrangeas. I am pretty disappointed as the Bernzomatic JT850 is touted as a "lawn and garden" torch, but If you use it in your garden to burn off the weeds between plants, you will likely burn your plants. There seems to be little chance of controlling the megaflame that comes out of it. Three of us tried without any success.
It's a shame I didn't want a bonfire starter ... because it would be perfect for that job!
A better, more accurate way to modulate the flame coupled with a smaller nozzle allowing the operator a greater degree of precision is required to make this the garden tool I had hoped for.
It’s a little hard on the neck and back seeing is that it is not a very speedy process. It’s kind of like (but not really) watering your weeds with a flame. It’s a little annoying sometimes when it continuously goes out and I have to reignite it. It would be nice if there was a trigger on the handle and not half way down the pipe.
I’ve used this product almost weekly this summer and have used more than 20 little tanks. (Some last longer than others (it’s frustrating)) some tanks seem to go on forever and I have come to expect that they all should last in the very least 70-90 minutes.
The best thing about using this product is that I don’t have to get all the way down on my hands and knees with a knife or scraper to take out the weeds in between the interlocking bricks, removing some of the soil in the process. This leaves the driveway and walkways clean and rid of weeds.
This works quite well. You use it by basically steaming the water inside the plant's leaves. You see it change colour, which is how you know the plant is going to die.
It works quite well in the morning when the dew is still wet - it adds to the steam killing effect.
This wont kill the roots, though, so you will get some grow back.