Yep. Purely hypothetical question, I suppose, but there you go. Due to yesterday’s blizzardey conditions on the east coast, I’m stuck with a huge pile of snow blocking the garage door. Yeah, I could shovel it out, but that would require shovelling snow – the single worst job known to mankind. I’ve got several pressurized sprayers that you can fill with the chemical of your choice; conceivably, it would be really easy to fill them with a flammable liquid, rig up a pilot light, and boom: miniature flamethrower.
Question is, would such a device be at all useful for melting snow? I know it might technically be illegal, and realistically I probably won’t do this – but still, it’s something I’ve always wondered about. If this were plausable, what would be the best fuel to use? I was thinking something like alcohol, because it burns at fairly high temperature and doesn’t make a chemical-ey mess. So, how about it, science types? Realistic or ridiculous?