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Add a torch to the top of a Hiking Staff to illuminate your way.
The VIDEO shows the torch in action.
This is Part 3 in the Multi-Function Walking Stick Instructable series.

The Original Multi-Function Walking stick Instructable describes how to:
Make a three piece walking stick that converts into a Camp Chair.
Part 1 can be found here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-Function-Walking-Stick-Converts-into-a-Cha/

The Second installment describes how to:
Add copper ends to a staff creating a bottom point & a storage compartment on top.
Part 2
can be found here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Multi-Function-Walking-Stick-II-Storage-Compart/

Part 3 Starts Here:
A staff to speed the march; A staff to rest the weary; A staff to store the gear; A staff to point the way; Now, a staff to light the night. All in one Staff.



 

 
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Step 1: Shameless promotion for the "Light up the Night" Contest

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 This instructable has been entered into the "Light up the Night" contest.  Please vote.

This page is dedicated to the shameless promotion of this Instructable for the contest.
(This was written before I found out the requirement for the compulsory Patriotic Essay portion of the competition had been dropped.... I decided to post it anyway)
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An open flame torch to Light up the Night?  Sure there will be those that dismiss this entry as a  simple flame...a mere candle in the wind...not nearly technically innovative enough to win; let alone qualify for this challenge.

I can only imagine the response it will receive from the crew at Instructables.com as they decry..."an open flame torch as a light source for this contest?...Preposterous"   An immediate rejection will be penned....I imagine it  might go something like this: (Of course the ridicule will be kept to a polite minimum due to the "Be Nice Policy" but, a rejection none the less.)

Dear Mr. Stoutharrow,

We regret to inform you that your Instrucatble Multi-Function Walking Stick III - Torch Bearer cannot seriously be considered for entry in the Light up the Night competition.  A Simple torch is not of the technological caliber expected here at Instructables. A primitive flame as a light source lacks the type of innovation this contest was intended to promote..
Also, it was not clear how to route the wires and where the Lithium batteries are stored.

Regrettably Yours,
Eric

To this anticipated rejection, I feel compelled to reply (proactively): 

Dear Instructables Sirs and Madams,  

Please do not dismiss the illuminating powers of fire as some charlatan parlor trickery.  Don't scoff in disbelief "How can something without electricity... wires...bulbs... or an Arduino microprocessors possibly produce light?"  Mere fire can work as a light source... It really, really can.

Sure, other light sources come around all the time: Carbon Arc,  Incandescent, Fluorescent, Electroluminescent, Phosphorescent (can't we just pick an "-escent" and stick with it?)  Led, H.I.D. (high intensity discharge), Wintergreen Lifesaver sparks. 
What's the point? .... What's wrong with fire light?...Too simple?

Consider the essence of illumination.  A simple lowly torch, at its basic, is a hydrogen storage vessel, but unleash that  hydrogen potential with a spark, and its like a little bit of the Sun captured on the top of  a stick.  Runaway oxidation,  the splitting and combining of atomic bonds, liberated electrons,  photons scattered willy-nilly.    Man.. that's chemistry and particle physics at its finest...and that's high tech.  (or you could settle for an electron jumping up and down in an LED - your choice)

Combustion and Flame!  Its not just  for Cavemen any more.  
I ask you...Did the angry mob storm Frankenstein's castle with pitchforks and Glow Sticks?... I THINK NOT!
And there are others that carry a torch to light the way. Pardon the French but a torch is just fine for that majestic lady in New York harbor (that's no 6 cell Mag-Lite she's holding)   By the way...Copper as a fashion accessory?...she makes it look good...you go girl.

Still think a mere flame can't properly 'Light up the Night"?
I'll bet there is a certain O'Leary Cow in Chicago that would disagree.  She knew how to "Light up the night" (and the whole city for that matter)...all with a simple flame. http://www.chicagohistory.org/fire/oleary/

If a torch is good enough for  maidens, bovine, and mobs. Shouldn't it be good enough for Instrucables to consider for the Light up the Night contest?  (Did I mention it keeps monsters at bay?)

- Silent Pause -
-  Someone start softly humming The Battle Hymn of the Republic to set the mood for this next part
. (you know the tune: "Glory...Glory... Halleluiah... Mine eyes have seen the glory of the...etc, etc.")

After all the flash-in-the-pan lighting sources have turned off their lights and gone home; after every last Indeglo watch face has dimmed; after every last LED berry has been harvested from the fields where they grow. When the dazzle of fluorescent has been switched off (due to mercury environmental reports)  Good old Combustion and Flame will be be there, high atop a staff, waiting like a warm (~2000 degree F) friend; shining like the beacon in Revere's church tower; to light up the night for your walk home.

This Instrutable harnesses the humble power of combustion and places it at your command, at your side, to illuminate your night path...nothing more...nothing less.

All I ask, is that you consider the heritage of  illumination when judging all the fine entries for this contest.  And maybe...just maybe, find a place in your heart to award one of those fancy robot shirts to a certain venerable "also ran" entry.  I can only hope (and light a candle.)   By the way, Is the robot on the shirt printed with glow-in-the-dark ink?  That'd be awesomely sweet...(how does that stuff work anyways?)

Satirically yours,
H. P. Stoutharrow



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Dark Bottle1 month ago
About how much did all of it cost to make?
can it still be used as a chair?
Advar8 months ago
Sir, you are amusing and clever. Very, very well done 'ible, and quite useful.
Frelling cool, dude!
Great idea! :))
qwerty92410 months ago
I love this and I fully intend to build one but I must know what the final wight is up to this point
owl box4 years ago
One great aspect about this is that the fuel and flame are housed in a unit modular enough to be replaced easily, and re-filled.  You could conceivably make a dozen "torches" and swap them in and out of the setting drum.   Your staff design is professional, and I encourage you to pursue the modularity aspect of this -- what else can go in that 1" socket?  Excellent work, thanks for sharing.
I have a mental image of a bandoleer stocked with dozens of torch modules.
ca
but will it blend?
Lorddrake2 years ago
what is the average burn time of the torch before you need to refill the fuel?
The Rambler2 years ago
Just a thought about the problem of only being able to have a torch or a storage compartment:

If you looked at each end less like the "top" and the "bottom" and more like exchangeable tips it might free you up a little more with your options. For instance, when the torch is in "stowed" mode it would be just as useful as a "cleat" as the bottom would (provided it was attached tightly enough). If you made both the top and bottom have storage compartments, and then made the storage compartment lid with a tip (you could even use the same stub out piece) then you could just turn the staff over depending on which end you wanted to use.

If you want to use the storage compartment, stow the torch and flip the staff over to use it as a cleat. If you want to use the torch flip it over and use the storage side, with a new pointed cap, as the cleat.

I hope that makes sense. Either way, great series of instructables. I love the usability you've managed to get out of a "simple" walking staff, combined with the beauty you've managed to maintain by using natural materials that pair well together. Keep up the amazing work.
jenny614 years ago
 nice idea but my led light is much brighter and lasts longer
ogama8 jenny614 years ago
I concur
sjb321 ogama83 years ago
Yeah but I bet you can't light stuff on fire with your LED light!
ebubbula3 years ago
Does anyone know were to get a stub out like that with the fat part 3/4 inch pipe? I cant even find one that reduces at the end especially in my size
Zerocool8183 years ago
cant you use kerosene for like a lantern?
Broberg3 years ago
Looks like you really did your homework on this one! Looks great and could save a life if need be! If you want to get an understanding of what you need when out and about in the wilds, watch "I Shouldn't be Alive" some time and see where they screw up and don't make the same mistakes! Thanks again for the great Instructible!
ctz3 years ago
Thanks for posting such a great instructable this helps me alot when im at my cabin when going on midnight walks through the woulds
slacker8473 years ago
Awesome instructable i am starting this project as soon as my stub outs (aka) air chambers arrive.here is a great source for the afor mentioned items
WWW.globalindustries.com
stock# wib30162 1/2 x 6 in. copper air chamber $6.12
and if ya want a longer torch
stock# wib30164 1/2 x 14 in copper air chamber $12.60 ..Ya know for that extra burn time.
I suggest this site to everyone here they seem to carry just about everthing under the sun
once again great instructable
My apoligies to everyone the web site is as follows
www.globalindustrial.com
industrial not industries sorry for any confusion i may have caused..
have fun all and keep tinkering with all the goodies just laying aroung the homestead
hpstoutharrow (author)  slacker8473 years ago
Glad you were able to locate the most critical part. Tried the link you referenced however, and it redirected to a login screen??. Could you double check and repost the link. I want to check out the 14" air chamber for another project. Thanks.
ilpug3 years ago
AMAZING. WANT. i will definetely try this. might try to use an old empty C02 cartridge instead of the copper thing though.
Brilliant, I loved the first iteration, the second iteration was awesome, this one is brilliant! Keep up the work!
would you need to cut the sticks shorter after part two and part three for it to still function as a seat?
also how do you put the flame out
please mr south arrow tell us about that other amazing thing called H20.
all 3 legs of the chair should be the same length, it would be kinda unstable otherwise, and as far as putting out the flame, a good hard breath of air always puts mine out every time. i am working on some kind or wind shield similar to a zippo-lighter-type thing, if i can get it wo work well enough to make me happy, i'll post more on how to add it
afridave3 years ago
excellent opening speech ...........you are a genius.....cool staff too......long live the sun.
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Funny led´s comments. They dont get the point Nothing better like fire...awesome Ible....as always.
you sure let them have it thanks for sharing shame on them!
yusuf7863 years ago
yo thats a one nasty stuff totally love it ! btw does it have any weapons ?
If i were to make one i would use a light not a flame
JerseyJ3 years ago
Love it. Fantastic, creative project with thorough, detailed instructions. Excellent job.
rebmandrake3 years ago
Explain where the brass cap end stored in the staff's storage area?
Watch the video.
bklausman3 years ago
Here are some huge problems with using tiki fuel, kerosene or any other oil-based fuels for this project : not only are they a viable fuel for a torch, they are also oil based SOLVENTS and slow to evaporate....

Most wood sealers, protectors and stains are also oil based, therefore if these would happen to leak or spill while the torch is on the staff, they will discolor, weaken or even completely strip most protective coatings used on the wood sections. Another problem they could create is saturation into the wood and your staff body becoming the torch when the oil-soaked wood ignites, real bad if you are sitting on it in chair form!

Another problem oil based fuels could create is little drips of flaming fuel, this tendancy of those type of fuels is one reason tiki torches always have a metal flange on the top.

As far as alcohol not being safe, alcohol is just as safe as any other torch fuels or kerosene when used PROPERLY. It will only "explode" or rapid burn when in vapor form, usually caused by release of pressurized vapor caused by heat. This is the cause of the fireball people have expirenced while trying to use poorly constructed or too-hot DIY stoves. This design, with the open top + wick, simply doesn't allow this to happen because any excess vapors generated are free to travel out of the hole and never build up to dangerous levels. With that being said, remember any thing that will burn will also explode under the right (or wrong, depending on point-of-view) conditions.

These are just my observations and feelings about the safty of using anything other than alcohol. I hope some of the points i wanted to convey were helpful :)

I made mine and incorperated a little change to the design some people may want to use also. I drilled a hole in the tip of the bottom cap and put a 1/4 inch stainless steel capped nut inside the end before adding the JB weld, i held it in place with a normal nut and bolt, from the outside, until the epoxy had setup. the capped nut kept the epoxy out of the threads but allowed the JB weld to cement it in place so it won't turn. The next thing i did was got some 1/4 inch, grade 8 bolts (other grades would probably work too, but not last as long), and made feet for on the bottom that will last through rough use way longer than just a copper cap. i made a few different varieties for different purposes (pointed and rounded) they are held in place after i screw them in by tightening a nut on the outside.

Yet another great project from hpstouthharrow, i love mine and use it all the time, i plan on making more for friends that have offered to buy mine... but they will have to wait for christmas :P
oops:
edit:
****Most wood sealers, protectors and stains are also oil based, therefore if these fuels would happen to leak****
sorry about that :)
Foaly74 years ago
This walking stick is way cool. It would be cool to add more stuff to it.
Sky_line914 years ago
Thats cool but i thought of a way to improve it so you dont have to flip in in and out and light it. You could find a way to hollow out the stick and put some sort of leaver thing in it and have the cap on a hing. Inside the cap there can be some type of spark source and as you push it up the cap opens makes a spark and lights the torch.
that would be possible but it would be too complicated
Kryptonite4 years ago
May I suggest for part IV; a pointed stake at the bottom so the torch can be used without having to be held?
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