The Best Electric Weed Burners
Chemical-free weedkillers that actually work
Electric Weed Killer Burners
Tested by the team at DIY Gardening
Hello and welcome to DIY Gardening’s guide to the best electric weedkillers.
My name is Daniel Woodley, and over the last few years, I’ve reduced my reliance on chemical weedkillers considerably; in fact, I rarely use them at all now.
I have a dog who loves chewing on grass, weeds, plants and just about anything in my garden, and I hate the thought of him consuming nasty chemicals.
If you’ve never owned a weed burner before, there is something you should know before you buy one:
Electric weedkillers aren’t designed to fry weeds into oblivion; instead, they hit them with a burst of hot air that kills the weed, which then decomposes naturally over a few days or a week or so.
There are many reasons why I like this type of weedkiller, so please explore my insightful guide and product review below, which was last updated in 2021:
1) Draper Electric Weed Burner
Draper has been producing good quality, affordable tools and garden equipment for years and is well-stocked in popular stores such as B&Q.
This electric weed burner does exactly as it says on the tin without any frills, unnecessary extras or an unreasonable price tag.
At around half the price of the Hozelock weed burner, we think this product is well worth considering; the two-year parts and one-year labour warranty mean you’re covered if something goes wrong.
We liked the fixed stand at the end of the lance; this protects the ground from heat damage should you lay the product on the floor.
This was also the lightest burner we tested, do take into account the weight of the tool if you have a large garden to work on, heavy handheld tools can take quite a toll after a while.
Everything else about the Draper electric weed burner is pretty standard. You get a short 1.3m lead, a UK plug, a detachable handle to make storage easier and a removable cap so you can switch to lighting BBQs if you so wish.
If you’re looking for an affordable product that covers the basics but would prefer a device from a trusted brand that honours their warranties, then choose this electric weed burner from Draper.
Shipping weight: 1.3kg
The price – this is at the low end of the price range and we’ve seen few products cheaper than this.
We like the fact that Draper is a trusted brand that’s stocked in numerous well-known outlets.
The warranty period is great – two years for parts and one year for labour.
The power of the device is standard and in line with competitors but we did like the stand that helps to keep the hot nozzle off the ground, thus preventing unwanted burns.
This was the lightest weed burner we tested – 1.3kg shipping weight and about a kilo for the tool itself.
Draper’s electric weed burner has the shortest power lead of them all at a paltry 1.3 metres.
The lack of attachments may not suit all situations, for example; a narrow nozzle would be better for treating weeds between patio slabs and driveway blocks.
The power output is pretty standard and it isn’t a multi-tool. This product is a lance weed burner and nothing else.
2) Hozelock Weed Burner
Hozelock is a trusted brand in the United Kingdom and best known for producing quality garden hoses and accessories.
They also produce garden composters, sprayers and weed control devices, including this electric weeder and a separate gas version.
The Hozelock Weed Burner is built for one thing only – killing weeds.
It doesn’t have attachments for other tasks such as paint stripping, lighting BBQs etc. Neither does it convert into a small handheld version and it isn’t as compact or as lightweight as some other products.
While it only does one thing and does this very well, it isn’t as versatile as some competing products but what you get with Hozelock is build quality and reliability from a trusted and recognized brand.
Oh, and the 2-year guarantee beats all the competitor’s hands down.
If you’re prepared to pay more and are looking for a straightforward weed burner and nothing else, this is the product for you.
We recommend this product based on the build quality, warranty period and trustworthiness of the brand.
Shipping weight: 1.6kg
The build quality.
Simplicity – it doesn’t come with tons of attachments that you’ll probably lose somewhere in the shed or need to replace at some point.
The brand – Hozelock has a great reputation in the UK.
The 2-year guarantee.
We really didn’t like the price – nearly double that of many competitors.
It doesn’t collapse down into a small, easy to store product (but does have a hanging hook).
Upright only, there’s no handheld attachment.
It’s the heaviest product we looked at, but only by a small margin.
3-metre cable is average but you’ll still need an extension lead.
3) Nasum Burner
Nasum is known for producing both professional and DIY tools and safety equipment, including dust masks and heat guns.
This product is so much more than an electric weed burner; it comes with many different attachments so you can light fires and BBQs, strip paint and remove rusty bolts.
The handle also detaches so you can easily convert the tool into a handheld heat gun. The handle itself is also fully adjustable so you can reach into tight spaces.
This is the most versatile tool in our list and if you’re looking for more than just a weed burner, consider Nasum.
But do you need all those attachments and a heat gun? At this price range, we think this 3-1 multi-tool is an absolute bargain.
Shipping weight: 1.4kg
The mid-range price – this product isn’t the cheapest, but it is far from the most expensive.
The number of attachments, choose the large one for large, broad weeds and the narrow one for between patio slabs or driveway bricks.
Also, if you want to do more with a burner than kill weeds, this is a great choice.
We liked how the heat gun has an adjustable handle, making it perfect for reaching into narrow areas.
The power output was also slightly higher than most other products we looked at.
Too many attachments for us, we just wanted a simple electric weed burner, and this was more of a multi-tool.
The short power lead, as with many other products, the power lead was far too short.
Our product shipped from Amazon and arrived the next day but some customers have reported 6+ weeks delivery from China so you may wish to check with the seller as this could be a problem should you need to return the item.
The brand isn’t as well-known as Hozelock who manufacture a competing product.
4) Parkland Electric Weed Killer
The Parkland electric weed burner met our expectations for this price range and ticked a lot of boxes for us.
Designed for use on hard surfaces such as patios, driveways, slate and bricks, you can expect great results from this product.
It’s lightweight, so frequent use isn’t painful on the back or arms – something to consider if you plan to do a lot of weeding.
There’s no gas canister to replace, so it’s cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly than gas weed burners, it’s also safer too.
The detachable handle makes storing this weed burner a breeze, even if you have limited storage space.
Shipping weight: 1.5kg
We really liked the targeted nozzle for this device, it directs the heat to the target and avoids surrounding areas, unlike some competing products we’ve seen at this price range.
The additional nozzle for lighting BBQs and fires is a nice touch too.
Overall, this product met our expectations for this price range and we didn’t want to pay a fortune for a product we only wanted to use on our driveway. We only used the higher heat setting but there is a lower one should be working on more delicate areas of the garden
We really didn’t like the length of the power lead. 1.3 metres is all you get after setting up the device and clipping the cable onto the handle.
We would have liked to see a much longer cable, you’ll need an extension lead with this electric weed burner, even if you have a tiny garden.
At 600° this burner is slightly weaker than some others on the market at 650°.
We couldn’t find much information about this brand or the seller, other than the fact they sell primarily online via eBay and Amazon. There’s no information about warranties either.
5) URBN Burner
Finally, a product that has a half-decent power lead length! At 5 metres, this power lead is enough for small gardens and also long enough, so you don’t have to keep dragging an extension lead terminal with you everywhere you go in a more extensive garden.
We also liked the two attachments you get with this weed burner; one for broadleaf weeds and a narrow one for getting into nooks and crannies.
The rest of this product is standard stuff; two power settings with a maximum output of 600°, a small nozzle stand, lightweight and reasonably compact.
We couldn’t find much information about this seller other than they sell primarily on eBay and Amazon. Neither could we find any guarantee/warranty for this period.
Shipping weight: 1.4kg
The price – at the lower end of the scale.
Good reviews online.
The long power lead – five metres, as it should be.
Two nozzles, both practical, one for large weeds in open areas and the other for narrow crooks and crannies.
We’ve never heard of this company and there’s no mention of contact details, warranty period etc.
It’s a standard, no-frills electric weed burner with a long lead, nothing else.
Electric weed burners are an excellent alternative to nasty chemicals that could pollute the environment, harm pets and wild animals and cost a fortune.
Weed burners even made it onto my list of pet-friendly weedkillers which is another guide I recommend you explore.
These products do have an extremely hot heating element that can fail and may need to be repaired or replaced, for this reason alone we think you should choose a trusted brand that offers a warranty period.
Hozelock and Draper are in our opinion the best of the bunch with Hozelock just nudging out the competitor to the top spot.
Nasum is the best of the rest as their electric weed burner converts into a heat gun and has lots of attachments, but do you really need all that?
Electric Weed Burner Buying Guide
If you’ve never used an electric weed burner before there are some key points you should know about:
- These weed burners work by targeting the weeds with a short burst of heat that kills the weed. Once killed, the weed will naturally degrade and disappear over time, usually within two weeks or so. They are not designed to vaporize the weeds – a common misunderstanding and unrealistic expectation some consumers have.
- It only takes 5 seconds to kill the weed but over 30 seconds to burn it to a crisp. If you spend too much time on each weed, you’ll never clear an entire garden and will probably burn out the heating element try to do so.
- As a general rule of thumb; keep the heat on the weed until the shiny green leaves turn a matt colour, this usually take about 5 seconds.
- Do pay attention to the weight of the device, especially if you plan to use it frequently.
- Do you really need all the attachments? Or the optional handheld heat gun? Or the multi-directional handle? Sometimes the most effective and long-lasting products are the simplest ones that achieve only one task but do it very well.
- While these weed burners will kill off most weeds, many will come back, especially deep-rooted weeds that really need to be dug up or treated with a chemical. The alternative is periodical treatment with a weed burner, perhaps every month or so throughout the growing season.
- There is no denying that weed burners are far more environmentally friendly than harsh chemicals that could affect pets, children and watercourses etc.
I Analysed Hundreds of Amazon Reviews: Here’s What I found
Before writing this guide, I read hundreds of Amazon reviews, and the vast majority of the negative comments were due to a misunderstanding about how the weed burners work.
They aren’t designed to burn weeds to a crisp or vaporize them; they kill the weed, which then degrades naturally; this takes time and won’t happen overnight.
Unfortunately, there were dozens and dozens of 1-star reviews from consumers who felt that the product didn’t work because the weed was still there after blasting it with the weed burner.
This misunderstanding is even present on YouTube, where I saw a gardener blasting a single weed into oblivion for 30 seconds and then recommending others do the same.
Weed burners are hot enough to kill weeds after only 5 seconds, but the weeds won’t degrade instantly, and if you spend 30 seconds on each weed, the heating element of the burner will fail, or you’ll get frustrated and give up or you’ll leave a trail of scorch marks across your garden!
Chemical-free weed killing methods have become popular in recent years as consumers are now more aware of the dangers chemicals pose to human and animal health.
Electric weed burners are popular, but what about gas-powered burners?
Consider these points:
- Gas weed burners aren’t as environmentally friendly as electric burners as they produce more CO2.
- You’ll need to dispose of the old gas canisters and buy new ones to replace them, which is wasteful and extra hassle.
- You don’t need a lead with gas weed burners, so they are more practical for owners with very large gardens.
- Gas burners are less likely to break. The heating elements in electric burners can burn out from excessive use or break from knocks etc., but gas burners are more robust as they don’t have a heating element.
I think electric burners are better than gas burners, but I’ll leave it to you to decide which best suits your needs.
Beyond weed burners, there are many other “natural” ways to kill weeds, but most of these contain salt, which is harmful and toxic to soil. Hannah recently debunked many of these “organic” and “homemade” weed killers; read her guide to homemade weed killers here.
Do electric weed burners work?
Yes. These devices emit heat up to 650° which kills the weeds. They are an effective alternative to harsh chemicals and are popular with gardeners that have pets and children.
Can electric weed burners be used on lawns?
The heat will kill the weeds but will also kill the grass surrounding the weed. Expect an area of around 100mm (4 inches) to be damaged.
Can weed burners be used on patios and driveways?
In most cases; yes. However, one should first test the heat on a hidden area of the patio or driveway to make sure there is no damage.
Will the weeds grow back?
Some weeds will be completely killed off by the weed burner while some deep-rooted weeds may persist and will require periodical treatment.
Are electric weed burners better than gas burners?
We think electric weed burners are better in terms of price, effectiveness and their environmental impact. They’re also much safer too.
Author: Daniel Woodley
This guide to weed burners was created by Daniel Woodley here at DIY Gardening and was last updated on the 25th of June, 2021.
Discover more helpful hints and tips from Daniel over at the blog.
Daniel is a keen amateur gardener who’s trying to reduce his reliance on harmful weedkillers and other chemicals.
He also enjoys growing vegetables and fruits as well as his herbaceous border and container garden.
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