|Item Weight||4.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||0.03 x 0.04 x 0.05 inches|
|Item model number||500G|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty||2 Years Limited, Parts and Labor|
Hot Max 500G Big Max 500,000 BTU Propane Torch
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- Premiere 500,000 BTU propane torch on the market
- Trademarked molded handle for more comfort and control
- Comes fully assembled
- Burns clean and efficient propane - no caustic chemicals
- Perfect for home, farm, industrial, and construction
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The Hot Max Big Max comes fully assembled and ready to use. The Hot Max Big Max uses standard liquid propane tanks (like those used on BBQ grills). The Big Max comes with a 10 feet UL/CSA Listed gas hose (rated at 350 PSI), a solid brass adjusting valve to control the flame, a POL safety valve (to prevent excess propane gas flow), and a single flint striker for lighting the torch.
Big Max 500,000 BTU Propane Torch
The Premier Large Propane Torch
The Hot Max 500G "Big Max" is the premier large propane torch on the market. The 500,000 BTU Big Max is perfect for burning brush and weeds with clean and efficient LP gas eliminating caustic chemicals in the environment and around sensitive plants. The Big Max is perfect for melting snow and ice, removing parking lot markings and other paint removal, thaws frozen pipes and equipment, pre-heats metals for welding or branding, melts tar and asphalt, and hundreds of other uses. The Big Max 500G torch is the only torch with a molded handle, which is trademarked, for better control and comfort and the long handle keeps you from bending over.
- 500,000 BTU
- 10-foot, 300 PSI gas hose
- POL safety valve
- Molded handle
From the Manufacturer
The Hot Max 500G "Big Max" is the premier large propane torch on the market. The 500,000 BTU Big Max is perfect for burning brush and weeds with clean and efficient LP gas eliminating caustic chemicals in the environment and around sensitive plants. The Big Max is is perfect for melting snow and ice, removing parking lot markings and other paint removal, thaws frozen pipes and equipment, pre-heats metals for welding or branding, melts tar and asphalt, and hundreds of other uses. The Big Max 500G torch is the only torch with a molded handle, which is trademarked, for better control and comfort and the long handle keeps you from bending over. The Hot Max Big Max comes fully assembled and ready to use. The Hot Max Big Max uses standard liquid propane tanks (like those used on BBQ grills). The Big Max comes with a 10' UL/CSA Listed gas hose (rated at 350 PSI), a solid brass adjusting valve to control the flame, a POL safety valve (to prevent excess propane gas flow), and a single flint striker for lighting the torch.
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The next day, I revisited the hill to reminisce on the battles of my youth only to discover it to be rebuilt, and the bodies of my enemies gone. The ants were clearly preparing for a counter-offensive to which I would be unable to repel. So I visited my local hardware store and picked up something truly sinister. While fire was effective and amusing to say the least, these opponents required something a little more, permanent. I blasted that hill with 1 gallon of the most potent insect killer money can buy. A tidal wave of poison washed over the land, carrying the bodies of my again defeated enemies over the horizon. The hill had been defeated, for good this time.
Long story short, this thing is sweet.
=== The Good Stuff ===
* It is about the most fun I have ever had weeding a garden. Some weeds (like certain thistles) almost explode when you torch them, which I admit is somewhat gratifying. (Might want to wear eye protection, that hot sap hurts).
* The torching goes pretty quick, and seems about the same level of time and effort as spraying roundup.
* There are two settings, the normal flow, and a "turbo" setting. The normal flow worked for about 90% of the weeds, especially the smaller ones. Giant weeds, and those I knew from experience to be more hardy, took a full blast to fricassee. Did it kill all of them the first time? No, but neither does digging, Roundup, or any other strategy. It does kill about 75% of them the first time, and the rest go down easy with another blast after a few days.
* In this area, if you cultivate and just "turn over" weeds, it is not uncommon for the exposed roots to work their way back into the soil before the sun has a chance to kill them. A quick shot to the roots with the torch puts a quick end to that.
* The connections between the hose and torch seemed a little loose, but did not leak in the first 10 uses. Hopefully that holds up.
=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===
* The instructions missed an important first step. Take the cheap POS striker that is included with the torch, and toss it directly in the nearest trash can. After a use or two it deformed, and was just about impossible to use with one hand ---you have to hold the torch with the other. Easiest thing to use was a long-nozzle lighter, and seemed perfectly safe in spite of the warnings in the instructions.
* I don't like the trigger mechanism on the "turbo" blaster. It was easy to inadvertently squeeze it. Since it makes a loud noise, it will scare you if you are not ready for it. Occasionally the turbo blast would extinguish the flame, forcing you to stop and re-light. Wish it had a built-in igniter.
* Not sure what the exact weight of the torch is, but it does get heavy. I didn't especially mind it, but I wouldn't want to use it all day long. Of course at the rate it burns propane, I couldn't afford to anyway. (I didn't use it long enough to go through a tank, but my 10 gallon tank was noticeably lighter after about 20 minutes of use).
* A couple cautions- it is easy to light grass, bark mulch, or even large weeds on fire. Most can easily be stomped out, or will burn themselves out, but having a hose or at least a bucket of water nearby is probably a good idea. I'd also stay away from desirable plants, woodwork, or macadam paving. I took to wearing eye protection after a thistle "exploded". Also, watch where you set it down, the nozzle stays hot for a while after the flame is extinguished.
=== Summary ===
A torch is not a 100% eradicator for weeds, but then neither is anything else. It was very effective for me, and is actually a bit of fun. There are a few things that could be better, but the torch seems well built and reasonably easy to use.
So, I guess I'd give it 5 stars for performance, but because of it not sealing at the tank and having to make a trip to my hardware store for repair parts (this was "brand new, never used") I am only giving it 3 stars. Look, the connector at the tank should have been a trouble-free part, I should not have needed to replace it.
If you buy it, don't be like me and let it sit so long before trying it out. If your's works out of the box then you'll be happy.
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Lugging around a standard 20lbs bbq tank isn't that bad... I considered buying a smaller 11lbs tank but this is fine... the tool is not something you want to go rushing around with... so the bigger tank work fine.
I didn't find a lot of detail in the write-ups or reviews so here is my take... read the instruction. The tap on the handle is to set the pilot flame... only needs to be open a crack. Using the flint lighter takes a bit of practice... use your stronger hand. The lever on the handle opens up the power... works beautifully and a powerful roar and super hot flame come out... VERY powerful... just waving it past weeds shriveled them convincingly... 20 minutes later they turned very dark and will surely die. Dry / dead leaves or twigs... they catch fire instantly.. so go slowly and carefully.
Puts out a huge amount of heat into an uncontrollable radius.
I bought this unit to replace one that has gone missing; I attempted to use this to burn some weeds from my property but wound up scorching the grass, gutters and some clutter that was near by.
This would make a very excellent tool for roofers or real work tasks but for home maintenance it's just way too many BTU's.
Well built, generous amount of hose, great control in the hand.
In my case, the pressure nut pre-attached at the torch end split about 50% around its circumference, so I stopped using it. I am having difficulty sourcing a replacement hose, because in Canada, the next size up is more common. I contacted the manufacturer for some help.
Update: They responded to my question within 24 hours. Very friendly, clear, and concise. I didn't suggest it could be covered under warranty. They suggested it should be. I just had to pay for the shipping. The cost of shipping was as much as a new hose, including shipping, so I just bought a new hose.
When you put the bottle on the side, you would think this thing will take off, and it becomes a VOODOO TORCH (more pressure in the torch) which outputs a blue flame.
Works well to light up a fire, outside or in the stove :))
Update: used it for thawing ice and drawing garage concrete. Does a fine job. Hose is pretty stiff.
One of my propane tanks seems to be unable to feed it. I use that tank with my BBQ's successfully, so I am unclear if it is the tank or the Hot Max, but it's not a huge concern, just worth noting.