The X15 flamethrower is a personal, consumer flamethrower that exists purely because of course it does. Who hasn’t wanted to stand with a tank on their back, arms akimbo while spewing great gusts of fire into the sky? Now you can, for $1,600.
When I asked XMatter, the folks behind the X15, why they decided to sell consumer flamethrowers, co-founder Quinn Whitehead immediately responded, “Why not? This is America, land of the free,” before laughing and digging into his real pitch.
“It’s really an interesting product; there’s nothing else like it.” When they started out, there was no other consumer flamethrower on the market, meaning that anyone looking to get into the throwing-flame game would need to drop around $10,000 on a military flamethrower.
The X15, according to Whitehead, shoots about 50 feet and holds 3.3 gallons of fuel. XMatter also offers a napalm mix. “That stuff really works well.” All users need to do is add a few drops per gallon. “It turns it into almost like a syrupy substance. Really cool.”
As for why anyone would want a flamethrower, Whitehead pointed to agricultural uses, pyrotechnics, and, of course, “a lot of people just use it for a whole lot of fun.”
“We get a lot of people that do, like, machine gun rentals, and own guns, and they’ll also offer like a flamethrower package.” One of their customers also rents tanks. “People will come up there, rent tanks, run over cars, shoot flamethrowers. That sort of thing.”
But is it legal? “We haven’t run into any trouble whatsoever.” They’re not federally regulated, according to Whitehead. “They’re not even considered a firearm.”
“In California, you’re required to have a flamethrowing permit, and then in Maryland it’s just against the fire code.” So they just don’t ship to those two states. “The other 48, it’s open game.”
You can purchase a X15 from XMatter’s website right now, on sale for just $1,600. Way better than your average Super Soaker full of gasoline.