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Man and woman alike have always been drawn to fire. This is why investing a little time and money to make long lasting tiki torches that have some character can be a great addition to anyone's back yard. It can be functional for mood lighting, a mosquito repellant, and a great conversation piece.

For me living in Florida, tiki torches are almost a necessity with the amount of mosquitos that we tend to get from time to time. Every year I would get the bamboo torches that would no doubt fall apart and rust in time to force me to replace them the following year. I decided to use my love for beer and a little improvisation to create a torch that I know will last me for years.

Step 1: Select Your Metal Tiki Torch

For this I found the perfect product at Lowes. It's at the low end of the price scale for metal tiki torches with a very good rating on the durability and design of the torch itself. The one common complaint is that the tank would rust completely through within a couple of years with no way of being able to buy a replacement tank.

This didn't matter to me because I was throwing out the tank and replacing it with a beer bottle anyway. The particular design of this tiki torch was important to me because I could display the art of the beer bottles.

Step 2: Modify Tiki Torch to Hold Beer Bottle

To do this, you will need a cutting and grinding tool. I used my handy Dremel. Cut away the top ring and grind it smooth. This will enable you to bend the arches on the tiki torch holder inward to creat a snug fit around the beer bottle. Use pliers to crimp the arches together tightly again.

Step 3: Optional Depending on Mounting Needs

You can skip this step entirely it you can mount to your fence as is. I have a chain link fence around my back yard. I could not use the mounting system that came with the torch.

To address this, I cut away the welds and hammered off the mounting clamp. Then I grinded it smooth. I then purchased Rust-oleum spray paint and repainted the tiki torch holder to a copper color. The torch is factory painted black. It this works for you, then simply touch up the areas with black where the welds were. I then used copper wire to secure the tiki torch holder to the fence.

Step 4: Beer Bottle Assembly.

You will need bomber beer bottles for this. Make sure you go with brands that have the art printed on the bottle. In other words, no labels. Rogue, Stone and Mother Earth make tasty beer and their bottles are perfect for this.

Additionally, you will need these items:
Stretch and Seal or Teflon Tape
1/16 inch metal drill bit with drill
1/16 inch cotter pin
1/2 inch copper pressure reducing coupling
1/2 inch copper cap
1/2 inch tiki brand wick
Funnel
Tiki fluid
Blade or scissors

Step 5: Prep Coupling

Use Stretch and Seal or teflon tape and wrap it around coupling reducer wide end. Do enough of a wrap to create a snug fit over mouth of beer bottle. I prefer using Stretch and Seal because it took far less wraps and it's available in clear.

Drill 1/16 inch hole across coupling just below reduction point. This will function as a vent hole and a hole to insert a cotter pin to hold the wick in place.

Step 6: Insert Coupling and Wick

Ensure snug fit on bottle. Fill bottle with Tiki Torch fluid. Insert Tiki Brand 1/2 inch wick. Use 1/16 inch cotter pin to secure wick so that it does not fall into bottle.

The wick will only be long enough to go half way down the bottle. Allow about 1/4 inch of the wick to be exposed from the top of the coupling. Predrilled through the wick so that the cotter pin passes through easier.

Step 7: Enjoy Your New Tiki Torch

Use the end cap to keep wick dry from rain. Light and enjoy.

Step 8: Optional But Recomended

To keep from losing end cap, I drilled a 1/16 inch hole near the base. I used a piece of copper wire to attach a antique copper colored chain link to end cap. I then tied other end with more copper wire through the eye of the cotter pin. You can purchase this chain link at any craft store in the jewelry making section.
Really nice job JustinS29. That should be durable enough to get you through many summers. Looks good too.
Thanks Beerman!
Very nice! I did this with Stone beer bottles but used 1.5 " ABS plastic pipe, 6' long pushed into the ground with a 1.5" to 3" adapter on top with a 3" to 2.5" reducer and some foam to fit the bottle.
Thanks for your comment HarleyQuinn. If you put in the time and effort... the end result can be something to be proud of. I'm really happy with how they came out.
I absolutely love this idea. A very lengthy project, but well worth it. Very unique and creative. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for the comment jspolisoto. I love Magic Hat! My favorite by far is #9. Knowing the brand manager for such a great brewery loved my work is awesome. Wish I could find another Magic Hat bomber in South Florida to do it with.
Hey Herman! My wife works for North American breweries which owns magic hat. She showed the brand manger and they loved it! Awesome idea!
Thanks for the comment. Many ways to skin a cat. Crimping would certainly work, but the cotter pin serves more than one purpose in my design.
Great idea, I have made several using wine bottles. I like the idea of using a cotter pin to keep the wick from sliding down in the bottle. I always crimped the flange to keep it from slipping.

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