Most people will ask “what in the world do you need a flamethrower for?” Well, there actually are some practical uses for a flamethrower.

  • Igniting controlled burns for agriculture and land management
  • Melting large amounts of snow and ice – U.S. troops used flamethrowers on the streets of Washington, D.C. as one of several clearance methods for the surprisingly large amount of snow that fell before the presidential inauguration of John F. Kennedy.
  • Pyrotechnic displays – Nothing like igniting a pile of black cat firecrackers with a 50′ stream of a napalm gas mixture!
  • Zombie apocalypse  – this reason may be a little far fetched, but can you imagine the psychological impact this would have on intruders during a grid down or collapse of society? I’m not talking about the taking of life with this thing; I’m just talking about the psychological impact of witnessing with your own eyes the display of power the flamethrower has to offer – it would make me think twice about challenging someone on their property. Just imagine seeing this flame being projected toward you….

Is this Legal?

Yes it is. Today in the United States we now have the ability to own and operate personal flamethrowers. In the United States, private ownership of a flame thrower is not restricted by federal law, but is restricted in some states, such as California – check your state and local laws before purchasing and/or operating a flamethrower.

The X15 Personal Flamethrower In Action
An Awesome display of “firepower!”
The X15 Personal Flamethrower In Action
Great balls of fire….

A U.S based company known as X Matter has developed the X15 Personal Flamethrower. The X15 Flamethrower comes fully tested with everything you need, which this means there is no assembly required. Out of the box both the tank and hose assembly are already mounted onto a military surplus LC-2 pack frame.

The X15 Personal Flamethrower In Action
Military surplus LC-2 Pack Frame.

Also included in the box are the hoses, pressure valve, Napalm mix, and a 20 ounce capacity CO2 tank which sits inside a military surplus M16 magazine pouch attached to the frame. Also enclosed are the instructions for the fuel mixture.

The X15 Personal Flamethrower In Action
Included out of the box…

All you as the user will need to provide is the gasoline, water – mixed with the gas this will help the napalm mix into the gas, take the provided CO2 canister to your local outdoor store to be filled, and purchase a blue handheld propane canister that mounts to the bottom of the pack frame – this fuels the pilot light that ignites the napalm mix as it exits the wand. 

The X15 Personal Flamethrower In Action
Propane canister being installed at the bottom of the pack frame.

For the purpose of this review, I will be using 3 gallons of regular unleaded gas mixed with 3 ounces of Napalm mix. Once I have the mixture mixed and ready I will pour it into the X15 tank using a funnel that I had available. In order to mix everything I chose to use a new 5 gallon bucket. I poured 3 gallons of 87 octane fuel into the bucket, followed by 64 ounces of water. Once the fuel and water were in the bucket I began to add the Napalm mix sifting it through a strainer to eliminate any clumps. For the 3 gallons of fuel/water mix we ended up using 8 tablespoons of Napalm mix – adding 2 table spoons at a time and stirring. Once the fuel mixture was at the desired consistency we poured it into the tank, installed the pressure valve, CO2 canister, and pressurize the tank up to 1,000psi depending on your fuel mixture. Once pressurized, it’s time to light the pilot and go to work on whatever it is you’re going to incinerate.