Now You Can Get a Flamethrower Drone Just in Time for the Holidays

Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 2:37PM
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Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 2:37PM
Now You Can Get a Flamethrower Drone Just in Time for the Holidays
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Humanity's fascination with the creative and destructive forces of fire manifests itself in some pretty strange ways. From fire walking to fire dances, humans have long toyed with attempts to domesticate open flame: an urge prompted by something entirely atavistic, closer to the idea of fire as an element than combustion as a chemical reaction. It comes as no surprise, then, that someone with a certain audacity – the kind that usually accompanies venture capital and an entrepreneurial spirit – has developed a flamethrower attachment for drones.  


Yes, now you can have your own mechanized dragon – albeit a fairly small one – capable of emitting streams of fire at, well, whatever you please. Not even Elon Musk would do this (well... who knows?).


The device, dubbed the TF-19 WASP flamethrower drone attachment, boasts a 25-foot range, a one-gallon fuel capacity, and is "designed for remote ignition of aerial and ground targets, bringing new levels of efficiency and manageability to agriculture." In other words, it's made for clearing brush, which seems... well, a little dangerous, though we're not experts. The TF-19 was developed by Throwflame, an American company based in Cleveland, Ohio. To their credit, this isn't Throwflame's first flamethrowing rodeo: the company offers two other, more traditional backpack models, as well as a small array of flamethrower accessories which include a powder-based Napalm mix used to gel gasoline. Unlike the Boring Company's contribution to flamethrowing, Flamethrow's models boast 50-100 foot ranges and are "Napalm compatible."



With prices ranging from $1499 to $2975 (there's a sale), Flamethrow's offerings are likely to dissuade casual pyromaniacs from making a purchase, unless of course, they happen to have that kind of money to burn.


We'll stick with the joys of gas ranges for now.
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