How to Make a Torch

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Introduction: How to Make a Torch

About: i can't come up with anything to write here and a little heads-up: my earlier instructables might be badly spelled, as i wasn't that good at english at the time.

how to make a simple torch with inexpensive materials



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Step 1: You Will Need:

wood
firestarters
a good knife
yarn or strong thread

Step 2: Carve the Wood

make the wood look better(or you can just  leave it as it is)

Step 3: Split the Wood...

...like in the picture

Step 4: Insert the Firestarter...

...like in the picture

Step 5: The Thread

wind the thread (or yarn) around the wood like in the picture

Step 6: Done!

you can even throw it!

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    this is sooo cool

    Wrap a rag round a stick and chip some pine resin off a tree (easily found where a large branch has broken off the trunk. This usually looks like wood due to dirt accumulation, but there's pine pitch in there). Melt the pine resin and roll the stick/rag in it. This will give you a BRIGHT torch for a very long time. No chemicals either!

    Back in 'the day', they used to soak whatever hemp-type rope they had in
    naptha (or other burnable viscous liquid). They would keep lengths of it
    in a water-tight container until they needed it. Wrap it around a stout tree
    branch, and voila! A Torch that would burn for a very long time.

    You could use hexamine cooker blocks too I guess? lots of views because it's featured and been emailed all round the world!

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    It's small pieces of wood mixed with some kind of oil and pressed into cubes I think. Kind of like plywood, but with more oil and pressed together as hard. :)

    You can make it even more cheap by using something to absorb some oil, for example some paper/cotton and add some rapeseed oil. Think it will be a better flame aswell :) For a hugh and (quite) longlasting torch, just take a branch, wrap it with some textile and soak it with oil :)

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    Or even better! Soak a newspaper in water, roll it up, dry it and then soak it in oil =D

    The thread may melt or burn.
    Much better to wrap the wire or metallic strap dress.
    Sorry for my English.

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