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To shovel or not to shovel? That is the question.

Get your snow out of Captain's driveway!
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Go back to sleep! You got shoveling to do come daylight!
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It never snows on Planet X.
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It always snows on Planet X. Do you see shemp shoveling?
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Pyrrho
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Got a foot of snow this week. Snowblower did its job. I was only half worn out this time.
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Damn this global warming sucks
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Pfff… Amateur!


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I don't think that size flame would melt snow on a driveway in a reasonable time. It takes an awful lot of heat energy to melt snow - even when that heat is applied efficiently, from below - and with a flamethrower blowing down on top of the snow, only a tiny proportion of the energy applied would be fulfilling the intended purpose - most of the heat would just be reflected into the air. I suspect that driveway was cleared by more normal mechanical means, and the flamethrower was just used to stage an interesting (but essentially fake) video. Certainly I think the title is wrong - the flamethrower would take longer than shovelling, and the flamethrower fuel tank would likely need to be refilled several times.
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Nah, there are a bunch of videos showing this, and it works. And yeah, it is a wasteful use of fossil fuels, but damn it's fun. It's also expensive
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The real problem is it can leave behind the melted snow to refreeze as ice, which is a bad thing
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Can you post an example video that actually shows snow being cleared with a flamethrower?
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In this video we can see that the flamethrower has no noticeable effect on the traces of snow still in the driveway.
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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The actual videos embedded in that write-up show that it was almost completely ineffective on the small bits of snow he aimed it at - despite the claim in the text that it did actually work.

The other thing to consider is that just pouring certain types of fuel (still in liquid form and not ignited) onto snow might well cause the eutectic mixture of snow and fuel to melt - because it could have a lower freezing point than water. Using car anti-freeze in the flamethrower and not bothering to light it would likely work much better than gasoline or whatever. Ammonia might be good too - though you'd need breathing equipment, and you'd likely be prosecuted for poisoning everyone in the vicinity!
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Got you going, eh?


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Spend a few bucks on a roof rake you stupid bastard!
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