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Beer Bottle Tiki Torches

Beer Bottle Tiki Torches

With summer now in full swing, the outdoor living is alive and well. Whether you’re grillin’, hanging out by the pool, or enjoying some brews in your backyard with friends, chances are the mosquitoes have set up shop in your patio paradise. Instead of heading out and spending your hard-earned money on some bamboo poles to keep the bugs at bay, save some money, buy some beer, and turn your empties into some mean, mosquito-fighting machines.

Using supplies found for pennies at your local home-improvement store, you can create custom tiki torches that look good, keep mosquitoes away, and most importantly, give you a reason to drink a few bottles of delicious beer—as if you actually need one.

What you need:

  • Empty beer bottle
  • Top plate connector
  •  (threaded for 3/8″-16 thread rod)
  • 1″ Split ring hanger
  • (threaded for 3/8″-16 thread rod)
  • 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper coupling
  • 1/2″ Copper cap
  • Two #10 x 1″ Zinc plated wood screws
  • (if youíre mounting it to wood)
  • 3/8″-16 Zinc plated threaded rod
  • Tiki replacement wick
  • Tiki torch fuel

What to do:

  1. Get some 750 ml bottles (or any bottle with a 1î bottle neck) and drink them! Flush out and allow to dry. Fill with tiki fuel.
  2. Feed the tiki wick through the copper coupling. Wrap the wide part of the coupling with some electrical tape to create a tight fit inside the bottle. You can use the cap to cover the wick when not in use.
  3. Find a safe location to mount the top plate connector and screw it in. Remember, youíll be burning an open flame, avoid locations with overhanging objects.
  4. Screw the threaded rod into the plate and screw the split ring on the other end. Hint: Teflon tape helps to keep the threads tight.
  5. To hang the bottle, tighten the split ring around the neck of the bottle. Hint: If the fit is too loose, some electrical tape wrapped around the neck helps to keep things nice and tight.
  6. Light the torch and enjoy a bug-free summer out on the patio.

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