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HOT PRODUCTS BUYING GUIDE | 2019 21 In the mid 1950s, Ralph Pivonka and his son, Mike, designed a propane torch for burning weeds and brush on their Kansas family farm. As word spread about their flaming equipment, Ralph and Mike found themselves building more and more torches to satisfy a growing local demand. The Pivonka's soon outgrew their farm workshop and went into full production, establishing the company known as Flame Engineering, Inc. in 1959. It now has expanded into national and international markets with the popular Red Dragon product line. The Red Dragon product line can be found in many major hardware distributors, such as Ace, True Value, Do it Best and Orgill. Where to Buy To learn more about Flame Engineering, Inc., visit our website at flameengineering.com, contact Mel Limon at flame@flameengineering.com or call 800-255-2469. VT2-23C Weed Dragon The WEED DRAGON ® is the perfect propane torch kit for home and garden use. We've regulated the flame and BTU down for homeowners who don't need the power of a farm torch but this torch kit is still powerful for lots of tough jobs and generates heat up to 2,000 F. The 100,000 BTU Weed Dragon quickly hooks up to any refillable propane tank (barbecue cylinders work great) and even comes with a hand-tighten tank fitting. *All torch kits are made in the USA and certified for safety and performance. VT3-30C Red Dragon This is the original Red Dragon ® Torch Kit and continues to be the most popular torch kit in North America. This 500,000 BTU per hour torch is our most powerful vapor torch and can handle the toughest jobs. It is a great overall utility torch for farm and ranch, construction, road crews, grounds maintenance, industrial applications and more. The Torch Kit runs on tank pressure. It has a 3-inch diameter bell and a total length of 33.5 inches. VT1-32C mini Dragon The Mini Dragon ™ provides the perfect pinpoint flame for small jobs around the home and garden. It is perfect for chemical-free spot weeding, lighting charcoal, chimneys, campfires and more. It is designed for use with 14-ounce to 1-pound propane cylinders, which are not included. B U Y I N G G U I D E HOT PRODUCTS

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