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The Early Days

Throwflame, in 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 legislation would treat flamethrowers as machine guns.

“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 introduced a new, similar bill H.R.4901(2018). H.R.4901 has me a similar demise due to its unpopularity.


After several years of development, Throwflame has added 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.

Throwflame Today

Throwflame is back at it again with the latest in flamethrower technology. This time, flamethrowers are hitting the sky with the release of the TF-19 WASP flamethrower drone attachment. The TF-19 integrates with commercially available drone platforms. This allows recreational and commercial users to remotely ignite aerial and ground targets from up to several miles away with a first-person view.

  • 1-gallon fuel capacity
  • 25 feet range
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 FlamethrowerS Legal?

Yes. In the United States, flamethrowers are federally unregulated tools and are 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.


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.


Yes, we do ship to California. Units are sent with a smaller nozzle to be considered California compliant. Resulting in an operational range of 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].