Second-hand stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and local mom & pop shops are treasure troves of things to hack or re-purpose. When you hack something you’re probably using it in a way in which it was never intended to be used so, there is always a risk that things might not go the way you planned. But since you can get items from second-hand stores on the cheap, you don’t care too much if you are disappointed with the results. Luckily, this "MacGyverism" was successful. I'll demonstrate how I converted an olive oil bottle into an alcohol lamp.
This build includes, glass, a flammable liquid (rubbing alcohol), boiling water, and fire so, given this lawsuit-happy country in which we live, I’ll borrow a quotation that appears at the beginning of every Mythbusters episode:
Adam Savage: Don’t try this at home.
Jaime Hyneman: EVER!
Adam Savage: We’re what you call "experts.”
Step 1: Bottle With Pour Tube
Step 2: Parts Needed
“Olive You!” olive oil bottle (I got mine from Goodwill for $1.00 USD but you can get one from Bed Bath and Beyond http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/olive-you-glass-love-oil-bottle-in-signature-tuscan-box/1015819260)
Rubbing alcohol for fuel
Step 3: Build It
Once the wick is moist, you can use the alcohol lamp with your Bunsen burner stand.
NOTES: I remove the black plastic tube cap when the lamp is lit, but it can be replaced between uses.
"Olive You!" olive oil bottle picture source: