It is been a record year for mosquitoes right here in Indianapolis, Indiana and I’d been wanting to add some Tiki-esque torches to the patio to combat the small buggers, as well as offer some ambiance within the evenings. Following looking the world over to locate a torch that was affordable and atypical, I came towards the conclusion that unless I wanted wicker or bamboo, I’d need to turn out to be a little much more resourceful. A glance into my recycling bin and an aimless stroll through the nearby hardware store provided me with this clear answer.
- Empty Wine Bottle (You can use any bottle you like as long as it’s glass and the neck is 1” in diameter. Be clever!)
- Teflon Tape 1/2”
- Copper Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
- 1” Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
- 1/2” x 3/8” Copper Coupling
- 1/2” Copper Cap
- Two Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
- Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws (if your mounting it to wood)
- 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (I bought a 3’ rod and cut it down to 8, 4-1/2” rods with a hacksaw.)
- Tiki Replacement Wick
- Torch Fuel (For safety reasons, only use fuel made specifically for outdoor torches. i.e. Tiki brand)
Helpful Tools: Channellocks, adjustable wrench, hacksaw, power screwdriver, and a funnel
****Safety Note: This is for outdoor use only. Tiki brand recommends that the wick never be set higher than 1-inch, and I recommend that you exercise the same discretion and common sense that you would with any small open flame.*****
- Decide where you want to mount your Recycled Bottle Torch. Position the Leading Plate Connector on your mounting surface and mark the holes for exactly where the screws will go. It is easier to keep it level if you pre-drill your screws initial.
- Once you have your Leading Plate Connector mounted you are able to screw in the 3/8”-16 Rod until it stops. Channellocks are helpful for this component.
- Thread the two Hex Nuts on towards the Rod and tighten one all of the way down at the point where the Rod meets the Top Connector Plate. Leave the other Hex Nut at the front finish so it can be utilized to safe the Split Ring Hanger.
- Thread on the Split Ring Hanger just sufficient to ensure that the Rod is flush using the inside from the ring. Turn the 2nd Hex Nut counter-clockwise to snug it up against the Split Ring Hanger.
If you’d prefer your hardware to help keep its shiny, unweathered look you can always give it several coats of clear polyurethane before you mount it. Personally, I think a weathered patina will add a nice element of character.
- Carefully and tightly wrap the 1/2” finish of the Coupling together with your Teflon Tape. You’ll wish to maintain every wrap good and clean so that it creates a smooth, even surface. Continue developing up the tape until it fits extremely snugly in to the opening of your bottle. You clearly do not want it to fall in.
- Insert the Wick in to the Coupling until it sticks out about 1/4”. The Tiki brand replacement wicks are about 3/8” in diameter so they fit really nicely. Once they absorb the torch oil they’re even tighter.
- Unscrew the Split Ring Hanger on one side and position the bottle neck in to the ring.
- four. Flip the front half from the ring back into place and tighten down the Hanger evenly on both sides. You may need to loosen the other side to ensure both sides are an even tightness. (Do not more than tighten the Hanger. You don’t wish to break the glass.)
- Use a funnel to fill the bottle together with your preferred torch oil. (I use Tiki’s BiteFighter because it is clear and appears to complete a good job of keeping the mosquitoes away.)
- Insert the Coupling & Wick into the top from the bottle and twist it snugly into location. Give the Wick a few minutes to absorb the oil before you try to light it.
- I typically just blow my torches out. Use the Copper Cap to help keep the Wick dry when you’re not using your torch.