Beer Bottle Fire Lamp

Intro: Beer Bottle Fire Lamp

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!!!

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'

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!

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

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!

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!



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    88 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

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

    17 replies

    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)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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....


    yes yes, very true...

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

    cancer = scary


    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.


    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!


    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


    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


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


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