For about $US5, Erik Anderson (of design firm Gerardot and Co) figured out how to turn his used wine bottles into outdoor torches that would successfully — and stylishly — ward off mosquitos.
Here's what you'll need to push this together:
- An empty glass wine bottle with a neck 1" in diameter
- 1/2" wide teflon tape
- A copper top plate connected that's threaded for a 3/8"-16 thread rod
- A 1" split ring hanger that's threaded for a 3/8"-16 thread rod
- 1/2" x 3/8" copper coupling
- A 1/2" copper cap
- 2 hex nuts threaded for a 3/8"-16 thread rod
- 2 # 10 1" zinc-plated wooden screws (if you're mounting it to wood)
- A 3/8"-16 thread rod (I bet you knew this was coming)
- A tiki replacement wick
- Torch fuel that's specifically made for outdoor torches
Most of the metal stuff on that list needs to be assembled into the bottle's holder and mounted to your fence, wall, or whatever. Then you need to tape the coupler, attach it to your wick, add some fuel to your bottle, and stick the wick inside. When you're done, you'll have a torch. Hit up Gerardot and Co for the full instructions.