This summer we have been enjoying the benefits of several beer bottle tiki torches burning citronella and cedar fuel. They are soooo easy to make, create such a pleasant ambiance in our outdoor space and keep the pesky mosquitoes away.
In this post I’m offering up two variations of how to reuse and re-purpose beer bottles (or other bottles for that matter) into tiki torches, but as you will instantly realize – there are plenty of possibilities. Just use your imagination and a few nifty, inexpensive accessories.
Option One – Mounted Beer Bottle Tiki Torches
I favor this option because you can mount the
bottles torches to a variety of ‘columns’ or directly to the fence around your patio or garden space and they will stay safe and secure (assuming the use of common sense in location selection of course).
If you have a pergola, its vertical pillars will work out perfectly. If you are very DIY inclined you can even construct your own wooden post(s) and attach them to it. I am planning a short tutorial on how to do that, said wooden post will have other purposes too:).
For this mounted option all you need is a beer bottle, a simple mounting kit with wick included, torch fuel and an electric drill. That’s about it. I used this tiki fuel formulated to repel mosquitoes. We have a few of those here in Colorado.
Or you can simplify and make a tabletop arrangement of beer bottle tiki torches…
Option Two – Centerpiece Beer Bottle Tiki Torches
This option is even easier. The only concern I have is keeping the
bottles torches away from small children and pets – while lit up and while not (glass…). Safety first. You might also want to weigh down the bottles with small decorative rocks or even a handful of fine gravel or sand. In case the wind makes an appearance to help with your anti-mosquitoes efforts.
Otherwise, all you need is your bottles, fuel and long enough wicks with bras rings. I used several of the beer bottles I spray painted a while back. Just dressed them up a little bit before filling them with fuel.
Assembly/Mounting Tips for Beer Bottle Tiki Torches
- Use a funnel when pouring the fuel into the bottles and do so outside.
- Let the wicks soak up the fuel for at least half an hour before lighting them.
- Make sure there is no more than an inch of wick sticking out from the bras rings.
- If mounting to a brick wall etc. using the kit be sure to utilize the provided anchors.
A Few Safety Tips for Using Beer Bottle Tiki Torches
I am sure that you don’t need my preaching, but will do it anyway. Please forgive!
- Never use indoors.
- Place the torches in locations away from anything that may catch on fire.
- Keep the unmounted torches away from children, pets and direct sunlight during the daytime when not in use. Best store them in your garage or another weather safe space.
- Always put out the flame thoroughly. With the mounted option there is a hanging cap included that will help you put out the flame. For the table top/centerpiece option you can purchase wicks that come with a cap, or use my trick. Wrap a cocktail jigger really well with tin foil and use it in lieu of a cap, then throw away the foil. It works perfectly!
Beer Bottle Tiki Torches as a Gift
How cool would it be if you gifted a craft beer lover a bottle of their favorite beer and a mounting kit so they can reuse the bottle after enjoying the beer? Just think about how happy they’d be. I know I would:) The Crooked Stave Surette Cherry Sour, the bottle of which I used for this post, was a gift from Chris. I had wanted it so much. My mounting kit arrived the day after we shared the beer.
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