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In Autumn, it is nice to put some light in to your evenings, but if you don’t like the selection which is available?

Erik Anderson from Gerardot and Co. made a torch of his own under a $5 budget using parts from hardware store and empty glass bottles.


Photo from Gerardot and Co.

So this is how to make this wine bottle torch:


– Empty Wine Bottle (Use any bottle as long as it’s glass and the neck is 1” in diameter. Be clever!)
– Teflon Tape 1/2”
– Copper 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 Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
-Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws (if you’re mounting it to wood)
-3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (I bought a 3’ rod and cut it down to 8, 4-1/2” rods with a hacksaw.)
-Tiki Replacement Wick
-Torch Fuel (For safety reasons, only use fuel made specifically for outdoor torches. i.e. Tiki brand)

Helpful Tools: Channellocks, adjustable wrench, hacksaw, power screwdriver, and a funnel. For those having trouble locating the top plate connectors they can be found online: Copper, Galvanized, Stainless Steel, Iron

Safety Note: This is for outdoor use only. Tiki brand recommends that the wick never be set higher than 1/4-inch, and I recommend that you exercise the same discretion and common sense that you would with any small open flame. Never leave your torches unattended.


The rest of the instructions you can find here!



Remember to be careful and please have fun!

Eric Anderson’s torches from wine bottles [core77]

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