The alternate titles for this blog post? How to Keep Mosquitos Away or... What to Do with All Those Leftover Wine Bottles...
I've always heard that those Tiki torches do a great job keeping the yard mosquito free... but, personally, I'm not a fan of the "tiki torch" style. I wanted something a little more fun without feeling like I needed to serve roasted pig for dinner. I first saw these over at my friend Heather's house and knew I had to make them... They're easy, she said. And, boy was she right. Start to finish? 10 minutes... tops.
Here we go...
Most of your materials can be found in the plumbing department of your local hardware store:
1. 1/2" Copper Cap 2. 1/2" x 3/8" Copper Coupling 3. Ceiling Flange 4. Hex Nuts (for a 3/8" rod) 5. 3/8" Zinc Plated Threaded Rod 6. Tiki Replacement Wick 7. 1" Split Ring Hanger 8. Teflon Tape 9. Wood Screws 10. Empty Wine Bottle
Now thread the split ring hanger onto the rod, and tighten the hex nut (the one at the top) so it's snug against the split ring hanger.
Use your Teflon tape to wrap around the wider part of the coupling. This will help keep it snug in the empty bottle.
Now use your wood screws to attach that ceiling flange onto your fence. Keep in mind where the flame will be - make sure your flame won't be too close to anything flamable!
Now fill the bottle with tiki fluid. Here's a trick Heather's husband, Bob, came up with. Fill the bottom of your bottle with water and the add the tiki fuel. The oil will rise to the top and you can fill less of the bottle with the fuel (the wick only goes partway down).
Then put the bottle inside the split ring hanger and tighten the little screws to hold the bottle tight. Let the wick soak up the tiki fuel and then your ready to light it. When the evening's over, use that copper cap to put out the flame. I would leave the cap on when not in use.
That's it... total cost is less than $5 and now you have a really good excuse to have a glass of wine tonight, right?