Posted February 19, 2019 8:30 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

Ion’s new XM42 Lite, left, is the more mature of the two new flame devices while USF’s LRT, right, is more of an initial offering from the company.
For those looking to cast a little flame without lugging a lot of weight around, the consumer flamethrower market is responding. Detroit-based Ion Productions is set this month to release their new XM42 Lite device while U.S. Flamethrowers said they are close to doing the same with their LRT, or Long Range Torch.
Ion is by far the more recognized player in the flame game, staking their place in 2015 after they raised $50,000 overnight through crowdsourcing to move what they billed as the “world’s first commercial handheld flamethrower” into production. The new XM42 Lite is just 9 pounds and 26.6-inches long. Available in red or black, the device is billed as “party sized” and is legal everywhere but California or Maryland. Price? $599 regularly but is currently listed as $499.

USF is newer to the game and was planning a crowdsourcing campaign of their own to launch this week for the LRT but have since switched gears and is now looking to enter the market “even sooner.” The LRT generates a 25-foot stream using


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