Yuppers - burn along the drive, etc. great to keep those seeds at bay. I burn along the forest edge too as a fire break. Need to burn a field soon if the wind will ever stop. I have a propane torch thingie that I attach to a propane tank I put on my dolly. Mine puts out a shorter flame & that's OK with me as I can control it better.
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Tried it in the garden last year, with mixed results. Obviously, I didn't want roundup in the garden, and the weeds were a little high... Lugging around the tank is a pain, no matter how you cut it, and the wands are built for shorter Chinese people, which means you either get DW to do it or bend over a lot. I wouldn't bother with it on fencelines. Spray lasts a LOT longer. The torches are cool when you set the regulator on full open and create dragon breath. The best use I found was burning off the dead weeds in the drive after the roundup had worked. Dead plant material can be slick on a drive.
I use a flame weeder in the garden. I agree to make sure that you have a solid plan for putting out any unwanted flames. I set back fires when I need to burn larger areas, and always make sure to have a hose or other water source. I use the Red Dragon Farm Size torch ($70 at our farm store). Flaming is immensely satisfying, so there's that.
Burning works. For annual weeds. Perennials like grass and thistles, you'll fry the tops, but the roots are still very much alive. They need a slurp of roundup to control the roots. Otherwise they just come back, as someone else said, sometimes with big time vigour with less competition.
I need to get one to use for control burning. I seem to wait around too long and things get too green to burn. Then I have a hard time keeping a fire going. Whatever doesn't burn I could zap it with the propane burner.
We had a fire marshal nail a local landowner who had the misfortune to start a fire during a no burn period, let it get out of hand leading to a 911 call, and do it while the fire marshal was in the county teaching a class for us.
While we were on the hillside cutting fireline, the fire marshal was giving the landowner his free ticket to a court appearance.
I have one of the 1,000,000 BTU torches you get through Harborfreight. I use it for burning whatever needs burning. Just the other day, I raked all the weeds left over from letting my asparagus patch go vegetative. Rake it all together in a big pile, but don't want to foul the soil with diesel to get the pile to burn. Just stick the torch under the pile and let it get it going without fuel being added. I have a lever on my torch that lets the torch burn on afterburner (increases the propane flow). That helps sometimes when the weeds are a little damp. It is great also for doing things like burning the fur out of rabbit cages and burning the cobwebs out of the chicken coop. Just keep a running hose nearby, and think before you burn.
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