Igniting Success: The Best Gas & Electric Weed Burners

Light the way to a weed-free garden with our handpicked selection of weed burners.
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Although you can use a weed killer to tackle problematic weeds, a weed burner (either electric or gas-powered) is a more eco-friendly alternative. It’s also safer for families with pets or young children because no harmful chemicals are left in the targeted area.

To assist you in selecting the right weed burner for your garden, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience using both gas and electric weed burners to kill the most common types of weeds. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Parkland Electric Weed Burner
Best Electric: Parkland 2000 Electric Weed Burner
Green Haven Weed Wand
Best Gas: Green Haven Weed Wand
GLORIA BIO Professional PLUS
Best Professional: Gloria BIO Professional PLUS
High Street Bionic Weed Burner
Easiest To Use: High Street TV Bionic Weed Burner
Draper 68696 Weed Burner
Best Value: Draper 68696 Weed Burner
Amtech U9010 Garden Weed Burner
Best Budget: Amtech U9010 Garden Weed Burner

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Weed Burners

Although using chemical weed killers is our preferred option for killing weeds, there are occasions when we use a burner. For example, if the weeds are in an area where children or pets play, we avoid spraying chemicals.

Over the years, we’ve tried and tested both gas and electric weed burners in our garden as well as other gardens that we manage (Airbnb’s and rentals). During our ongoing testing, we analyse the tool’s heat settings, attachments (as shown in the images below), ease of igniting (gas), usability and build quality.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest weed burners (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test where applicable.

As well as our testing and experience using multiple weed burners, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the tool’s heat settings, supplied attachments, ease of setup and use, build quality, additional features, warranty and value for money.

The Best Weed Burners

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1. Best Electric: Parkland 2000 Electric Weed Burner

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By far one of the most popular electric weed burners available is the Parkland 2000. The main reason for its popularity is that it’s relatively affordable but unlike many of the cheap options available, this tool is built to a much better standard. It also features two heat settings and comes with multiple attachments for tackling all types of weeds.

Pros
  • Precision aim with a directive cone
  • Dual heat settings (60 and 650℃)
  • During testing, we really liked the fact that it had a stand
  • Detachable handle for easy storage
  • Easy to use and put together
Cons
  • You are restricted by the power cable (2 metres in length)

Considering the usability and affordability of the Parkland electric weed killer, you simply can’t go wrong. It allows you to tackle specific weeds without bending your back or using chemicals and it certainly won’t disappoint.

2. Best Gas: Green Haven Weed Wand

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If you would prefer to use gas instead of electricity to burn weeds, Green Haven’s tool is one of the most popular gas weed burners on the market. This particular tool uses butane gas canisters that attach to the wand, which enables you to walk around your garden without being restricted by an electric cable.

Pros
  • During testing, we really liked the Piezo auto ignition that made igniting the flame much easier than other gas tools we've previously used
  • You are able to easily adjust the flame output via the control knob on the wand
  • Option to purchase it with or without the gas canisters
  • Relatively lightweight and easy to use
  • Ergonomic handle that's comfortable to use for long periods
Cons
  • The tool could be slightly longer to make it easier to use for tall people

To conclude, the Green Haven weed burner is by far the best gas-powered tool on the market and its popularity speaks for itself. We found the tool to be easy to use and very effective in tackling troublesome weeds. The only improvement we would like to see is an extendable design for taller people but that aside, it’s a great weed burner.

3. Best Professional: Gloria BIO Professional PLUS

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Instead of using a gas canister, there are many weed burners that allow you to use a gas cylinder such as this tool by the Gloria brand. Although this means you’ll be restricted by the gas hose, you do benefit from a much larger capacity of gas, which will be cheaper in the long run and it also allows you to burn weeds for longer too.

Pros
  • The tool is built to a very high standard with chrome-plated and corrosion resistant components
  • Comfortable handle for extended use
  • Integrated stand that's useful for cooling the tool
  • Hose is 5 metres long, which means you don't need to move your gas cylinder as often
  • Easy to use and operates at a push of a button
Cons
  • Could be improved with an ignition for igniting the flame

Although expensive, the Gloria weed burner is built to the highest of standards and is the perfect tool for professionals or those that wish to tackle lots of weeds at once in a large garden.

4. Easiest To Use: High Street TV Bionic Weed Burner

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If you are willing to pay a little extra for features that make a big difference, this weed burner by the High Street TV brand is a great option to consider. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the fact that it has wheels that keep it upright, which means that you don’t have to hover the tool over the weeds, which can be the most tiresome part.

Pros
  • The wheels prevent you bending over and hover the tool over the weeds
  • Very lightweight and easy to use
  • Supplied with two attachments for tackling all weeds
  • Heats up in less than a minute
Cons
  • Most expensive electric weed burner within our roundup

For easily tackling weeds and saving your back from aching later on, this intuitively designed electric weed burner is the perfect solution. Apart from being relatively expensive, there isn’t much to dislike about it.

5. Best Value: Draper 68696 Weed Burner

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If you are on a tight budget but want an electric weed killer that’s manufactured by a reputable brand, the Draper 68696 is the best option. Unlike similarly priced alternatives, it comes with a 24-month parts warranty and a 12-month labour warranty for complete peace of mind.

Pros
  • Easily interchangeable nozzle
  • Soft grip handle that makes using it for extended periods more comfortable
  • Choice of two heat settings
  • Backed by a two year warranty
Cons
  • Shorter power cable when compared to other electric alternatives

Overall, the Draper 68696 is an excellent all-round option that’s built to a much higher standard when compared to similar-priced burners. The only main drawback is the short power cable but as long as you use an extension lead, this won’t be much of an issue.

6. Best Budget: Amtech U9010 Garden Weed Burner

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One of the cheapest electric weed burners in the UK that’s worth buying is the Amtech U9010. It comes with two heat settings and two burner nozzles and is ideal for burning weeds around your home on a budget.

Pros
  • Supplied with two nozzle attachments
  • Integrated 46 cm extension handle
  • Operates from 60°C to 650°C
  • 3 metre long power cable (over a metre longer than most of the alternatives)
  • Easy on/off operation
Cons
  • The tool could be slightly longer to make it easier to use for tall people

Although the Amtech U9010 is a budget option, the brand provides an impressive two-year warranty with their electric weed burner for complete peace of mind. Whether you are on a tight budget or simply want to try out an electric weed killer, the U9010 model won’t disappoint and it can even be used for paint removal or starting a BBQ too.

Conclusion

Rather than pulling out weeds by hand or using chemicals, weed burners are the safer and more eco-friendly method of tackling the problem. Whether you use gas or electric weed burners, both have the same end result and the choice is primarily down to personal preference as they both have their own pros and cons.

If you require further information regarding our weed burner recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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