Introduction: Beer Bottle Fire Lamp

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Been drinking?

Bit dark?

Maybe it's time to tidy up, do the recycling, open the curtains, or instead you could make a few nice beer bottle lamps and say it's a new trend, if your place is a pit then the materials will be less then a few feet from you, in the rare case that you're tidy then you may need to walk to the kitchen...

Step 1: House-hold Materials!!!

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These are the house hold materials you'll need to make the lamp:

  • beer bottle (a clear or green one is best)(i used a Chinese one)
  • cotton balls (no substitutes!)
  • a sheet foil (any will do)

To use it you need these:
  • liquid fuel (denatured alcohol and canola oil are good)
  • a source of ignition (matches, lighters, anything will do)

Stuff you Might need
  • funnel
  • an upside down bowl, or something else to snuff out the flame, for when you're done...
  • a fire extinguisher? i hope you won't need one...

Step 2: Keep on Rollin'

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Needed materials:
  • 2-3 cotton balls

Roll up your cotton balls into a string, at least as long as your beer bottle.

Step 3: Fill Er' Up!

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Needed materials
  • a funnel (maybe)
  • the beer bottle

prepare your beer bottle, and fill it up.
use a funnel if you have to.

Step 4: Finish Up

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Needed materials
  • foil, or cap
  • finished wick
  • bottle

Get your cotton wick, and put it into the bottle, don't let it fall in.
Now rip out a piece of foil, and poke a small hole in it.
Then put the wick (already in the bottle) through the hole, and rap it up, and repeat until you think it's enough.
(see picture for help)
The foil will cap the bottle, and more importantly, it'll block the flame from the rest of the fuel, and seal the rest of the fuel from oxygen.

Step 5: Light It Up!

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Needed materials
  • the finished lamp (duh)
  • the lighter, or match, or whatever...

Briefly tip the bottle upside down to soak the wick in fuel.
Now take your lighter or match, and light the wick!
The fuel will burn but not the wick.

Congratulations, you're done!


playafamily (author)2015-02-25

sweet will have to try this

beehard44 (author)2011-01-07

the first version looks like a molotov cocktail

Goodhart (author)2008-09-17

As fuels, I would think that Lamp oil, or kerosene might work well too (and they will not evaporate like alcohol does).

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-09-17

i knows. =)

its good to use like vegetable oil because if you knock it over it doesnt catch on fire

cornflaker (author)turnerfromdh2009-06-25

You might have a problem putting it out if it does though (its VERY hard to put out once you manage to set it on fire - just something to remember)

carpespasm (author)cornflaker2009-07-21

Smother it with baking soda, salt, dirt, or a fire extinguisher.

sharlston (author)carpespasm2010-02-12


Goodhart (author)turnerfromdh2008-11-15

well, if kerosene is not at the temp for combustion, it doesn't burn either, and needs to be wicked (I tried lighting some I had spilled on the macadam once...and couldn't. Although if you have enough of a flame and enough kerosene, it would....

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-16

yes yes, very true...

i prefer not to though, because kerosene very often contains chemicals that can cause cancer...

cancer = scary

Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-17

True, I am not so sure how well veggie oil will burn, it would be better to be able to adjust the wick so you get less smoking (burning any oil, even vegetable oil, can produce carcinogens); of course, this may just be true of any less volatile fuel.

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-17

oh yeah, but there is a slight difference...

if they're not required to say that on the label, the amounts are very small.

yeah, soot and other bi-products of burning could be bad for health, but it's very unlikely, i think....

and kerosene can have certain chemicals in it that are carcinogenic, even when not burnt.

eh, i like denatured alcohol!

Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-17

As long as the lamp gets used often OR the alcohol is put away in a sealed container when not in use for a period of time (to avoid evaporation) and one takes precaution not to tip the bottle over then it is probably the best fuel

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-17

it's pretty safe and versatile. it's a solvent it burns hot (and blue) BONUS! evaporation can be good and bad... (if it spills, there's nothing to clean up) can be put out with water can burn, even with water in it cheap enough... i really like it, as a liquid fuel

Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-17

forgot one......if spilled when lit, spreads like....well....a burning liquid :-)

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-17

good and bad i guess... i forgot another! -you can use a trail of it as a fuse! great for lighting alcohol jets...

Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-18

quite a handy trait for use in your bedroom or den LOL

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-18

*burn* *burn* *burn* FSSSHSHHHHHHHSHSHSHHSHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-18

and NOW where will you sleep ? LOL

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-18

hmmm... there must be some ibles on shelters right?

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-18

*burn* *burn* *burn* FSSSHSHHHHHHHSHSHSHHSHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



oh no! not the back yard!

Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-18

tee-pees are mobile....pick it up and run....

AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-11-18

*burn* *burn* *burn* FSSSHSHHHHHHHSHSHSHHSHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



oh no! not the tipi! yes yes, it can be spelled both ways...

Derin (author)AnarchistAsian2008-11-23

*burn* *burn* *burn* FSSSHSHHHHHHHSHSHSHHSHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


oh no!not the planet!

AnarchistAsian (author)Derin2008-11-23


you ever tried gasoline and coated the tip in thermite?

no, that thing would EXPLODE EVERYWHERE AND SETT MAH HOUSE ON FI-YAH!!!!!!!!!!! besides, thermite wouldn't do a thing.... just set it off faster... i guess....

sharlston (author)AnarchistAsian2009-07-27

i think thats why he mentioned thermite lol


AnarchistAsian (author)sharlston2009-07-27

it would just burn the wick away and leave it useless, soooo....


Derin (author)Goodhart2008-11-23

are tee-hees mobile?

Goodhart (author)Derin2008-11-23

they can be moved, although they are not on wheels :-)

sharlston (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

maybe you could build one on the back of a trailer then it would be a trailer hee?

Goodhart (author)sharlston2009-07-27

wouldn't a trailer-she be preferable?

sharlston (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

maybe yes lol

Derin (author)Goodhart2008-11-24


Goodhart (author)Derin2008-11-23

tee-hee ?

sharlston (author)AnarchistAsian2009-07-27

i like alcohol as well

we could be alcohol buddies lol =)

But now days just about everything gives you cancer

sharlston (author)turnerfromdh2009-07-27

does it smell bad when its burning?

yeah, i've heard that about vegetable oil...

haha yeah you can also use toilet paper or paper towels for a wick. you should put that in id be easier to find

no, i've tried, the flame goes out FAST. it's all about teh cott0n!

sharlston (author)AnarchistAsian2009-07-27


sharlston (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

do you think olive oil will work?

Goodhart (author)sharlston2009-07-27

Hmmm, if it will wick properly, I am not sure though. It is used in certain types of lamps, but would be fairly expensive (at least in my area) as a fuel.

sharlston (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

it has now been burning for 26 hours and its just nearly empty

Goodhart (author)sharlston2009-07-27

Well that's great. I knew that some lamps had used almond or olive oils in them but I wasn't sure how much they'd smoke if the wick wasn't trimmed properly.

sharlston (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

glad you liked it i first tried the wick at 1cm and worked good for 5 hours and burned 5ml of oil then i tried at 7cm and it started smoking and loads of soot so i blew it out i will post pics if you want them?

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