Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Are Selling Like Hotcakes

By Nathaniel Scharping | January 29, 2018 11:48 am
(Credit: The Boring Company)

(Credit: The Boring Company)

Sick of asking people for a light? Trying to put the spark back into your life?

One solution: Buy yourself a flamethrower. If you’re looking to burn a hole in your pocket, Elon Musk’s Boring Company is selling the fiery devices for just $500 (plus taxes and shipping), and by all indications, they’re going fast. Musk has been tweeting order counts by the thousand, and he most recently pegged the number at 7,000. The Tesla and SpaceX founder says he’s planning to sell 20,000 total, in what appears to be a fundraiser for his tunnel-boring company.

The product delivers on a promise he made back in December. If 50,000 of the Boring Company hats sold, he’d sell a flamethrower . That goal was achieved, and the flamethrower went up online a few days ago. Musk subsequently posted a video of himself running around an office with one of his toys, which appears to shoot a jet of flame a few feet. Another video shows a man and a woman holding flamethrowers and looking both excited and a little nervous.

As The Verge points out, the flamethrower appears to be a Airsoft gun modded with a fuel tank and nozzle. Additional specifications for the flamethrower, such as how much fuel it holds and how far it can shoot are unavailable at the moment. It should start shipping in spring, Musk says.

If a flamethrower seems of dubious legality, don’t worry, they’re actually legal in most states. The one exception seems to be California (where the Boring Company is based), where Health and Safety Codes 12750-12761 forbid “any nonstationary 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” without a permit, which can be obtained from the fire department. Musk’s device seems to squeeze in under that definition as the flame only goes a few feet.

He’s not the first to commercialize a flamethrower, though. The Ohio-based company Ion Productions launched an Indiegogo campaign in support of its XM42 flamethrower in 2015. Their device can spout flames up to 25 feet, the company says, and runs for a full three and a half minutes with the aid of a fuel backpack. The latest version sells for $1,099 on their website. If that’s a bit too pricey, you could also just make your own, though the estimated cost is $450 — just slightly cheaper than Musk’s.

As for why you might want a flamethrower (aside from the obvious cool factor), Musk suggests roasting nuts. And to go along with his fiery gadget, he’s offering a companion fire extinguisher for just $30. If you’re considering buying a new flaming toy, we suggest going with the whole package.

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  • ObeyMyBrain

    It also doesn’t “emit or propel a burning stream of combustible or flammable liquid.” It’s closer to a propane torch which you can buy on amazon for $30 than a military “flame thrower.” I suspect it will be great for melting snow or burning weeds.

    • Rick3

      Other than the firearm furniture it is nothing but a weed burner and a fire/burn hazard. I hear a CPSC recall and a spate of lawsuits coming for Mr. Genius

  • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/EquivPrinFail.pdf Uncle Al

    I foresee…a Guiness World Records crème brûlée.

  • Tom1080

    I live part of the year in the subtropics where due to monsoon rains and a couple of hurricanes, my big backyard weeds are six feet fall (the truth) … This would be SUPER.

    • Larry Johnson

      And burn down the house!

      • Tom1080

        Ha! My house is pure brick and concrete … hurricanes didn’t touch it .. a flame thrower wouldn’t even singe the paint. I’ve all ready hinted that THIS would make an excellent birthday gift! :) I have a good use for it … a jungle of 6′ weeds. Have no idea why others would want one .. more mayhem and destruction.

  • Charles Barnard

    If you think guns are dangerous, these are worse.

    • Larry Johnson

      Lawsuits in the $$Millions!

  • biju

    more pollution of the planet ; stupid as it can be


    Big time lawsuits on this. It’s just a matter of time before some idiot sets fire to himself or to a friend. I hope Elon has his insurance premiums paid up

  • garedawg

    If I need to roast my nuts, I’ll just use a lighter and a can of my wife’s hairspray.

    • nik

      If you upset your wife, she might decide to do it for you;-)

  • Pub123

    Rainier Arms sells a pretty good flamethrower for around $800. There’s actually quite a few options out there.
    Just remember, in a war setting stay far away from the guy with the flamethrower. He’s always the first to get picked off.

  • nik

    I can see this device being used once or twice, by anyone daft enough to buy it, and then gathering cobwebs and dust forever afterwards.
    I knew a company that had a basement full of ‘citizens band’ radios doing just that, and another that had one full of skateboard blanks.

  • Jim Speidel

    You want stupid? I’ll give you stupid… Just go to Walmart and get yourself a Super Soaker squirt gun. Load that sucker up with jellied gasoline, ie (napalm), strike a match and watch the fun ! ( take that thing outside please…)

  • Larry Johnson



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