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The Early Days

Throwflame, Cleveland, OH: Is the oldest flamethrower manufacturer in the US. Throwflame is focused on delivering top-tier flamethrower systems, made by veterans, to customers around the world. 

In 2015, Throwflame released the first ever full-sized commercially available flamethrower: the X15. The X15 Flamethrower sends a stream of flaming fuel or napalm up to 50ft. It is completely unrestricted in 48 states.

This unregulated flamethrower sparked a significant media response relating to legality. However,  flamethrowers remain federally unregulated. This means that anyone can buy one without background checks or a waiting period. With quick shipping, just like an Amazon package, Throwflame has delivered thousands of X15s around the globe.

In late 2015, Democrat Congressman Eliot Engel introduced H.R.4009 to Congress in an attempt to regulate flamethrowers. This would legally treat flamethrowers as machineguns. 

“This bill is a solution in search of a problem that does not exist and Representative Engel appears completely unaware of the lawful uses of flamethrowers,” –Joshua Prince of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C.

Years after the original bill stalled out in Congress, Eliot Engel has introduced a new similar bill H.R.4901(2018).

Throwflame Today

After several years of development, Throwflame has decided to add more fuel to the fire with the XL18 Flamethrower. This flamethrower-on-steroids, shoots over 110 ft and eats up ½ gallon of fuel per second. It is the most powerful flamethrower ever available for purchase by the general public.

  • The XL18 has 10x more firepower than the previous model, the X15
  • Effective firing range of 110ft
  • Napalm compatible
  • ½ gallon per second firing rate

Originally, the XL18 was designed for an international client as a part of a government procurement round. The XL18 is currently being sold, both domestically and internationally, to government agencies and private individuals alike.

What are Flamethrowers Used For?

Our products are designed for personal and commercial use.

  • Ground clearing or controlled agricultural burns
  • Ice and snow melting/clearing
  • Incinerating weeds and other unwanted ground plants
  • Back burns and pre-burns commonly used by forestry personnel for forest fire containment/prevention
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Film production and movie props. (Check us out on the big screen in The Purge, Quarry, Punisher, The Darkest Minds, and Burger King commercials)
Are Flamethrower Legal?

Yes. In the United States, flamethrowers are federally unregulated tools and not considered a firearm by the BATF. No need for any NFA tax stamps, licensing, or even an FFL dealer. However, it’s the purchaser’s responsibility to ascertain that ownership and/or use does not violate any state or local laws or regulations.

Maryland

In Maryland, a flamethrower is defined as a  destructive device. Flamethrowers are legal to own with a Type 9, Federal Firearms License (FFL).

§ 4-501(b)(2) “Destructive device” includes a bomb, grenade, mine, shell, missile, flamethrower, poison gas, Molotov cocktail, pipe bomb, and petroleum-soaked ammonium nitrate.

California

Yes, we do ship to California. Units are sent with a smaller nozzle to be considered California compliant. Meaning that the range of the device will be less than 10 feet.

California users please read California Health and Safety Codes 12750, 12751, 12760, 12761 and ensure compliance before changing a tip that would produce a range over 10 feet.

According to California Health and Safety Code 12750(a) “Flamethrowing device” means any non-stationary and transportable device designed or intended to emit or propel a burning stream of combustible or flammable liquid a distance of at least 10 feet.

Other Questions?

Please visit the FAQ page or drop us an email at [email protected]