Propane or Natural gas Tiki torches

I am interested in making some gas Tiki torches for my back yard like the ones you see in Hawaii. I have looked around and can not find any information on how to build a torch like that. I would buy some, but was rather turned off by the $150.00 each price tag. I would appreciate any info if someone would like to share.

happy hippo (author) 10 years ago
Yes, this is just a big yellow flame. The end of the torch is in a cone shape and has a rather large opening at the end which is covered by a screen that is about 1 inch in diameter and 1 inch tall, so a lot of gas can go through. Does the lantern work by just gas flowing out of the screen and then mixing with air once it is out of the torch to form the yellow flame? If so, that should not be hard to build. There is a link with pics attached. Tiki torch picWhere can gas regulators be bought?
I got mine at a little hardware store ($21), the big home centers didn't have adjustable regulators. Welding supply would have them, but probably for much more. The pressure should be very low, it helps to have a pressure gauge on so you can see what pressure works best.
lemonie10 years ago
Are these just a big yellow propane flame?
I would think that all you need is a cylinder, a regulator, and (as jtobako) a non-flammable pipe-outlet?
jtobako10 years ago
I've seen them with an adjustable regulator (not from a bbq) and a 20 lb tank, hooked up to a 1/2 inch black iron pipe capped on the other end. I don't remember how big the hole(s) on the end were, or what pressure it was run at. You could get several caps, put different size holes in them and try them at different pressures.