Homemade Tiki Torch Fuel

Make homemade tiki torch fuel using isopropyl alcohol and distilled water.

Tiki torches add a tropical flair to a patio or outside garden area. Standard tiki torch fuel — which helps ward off mosquitoes — is available at local home and garden centers. Homemade tiki torch fuel provides light, but does not have the ingredients to keep mosquitoes at bay. A simple oil lamp fuel made from isopropyl alcohol and distilled water will burn in a tiki torch. Pure olive oil or coconut oil will burn clean in a tiki torch and do not require mixing. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure one tsp. of distilled water. Pour the distilled water into the 16-oz. bottle of isopropyl alcohol.

2. Replace the lid on the bottle. Shake to mix.

3. Add a fragrance to the fuel, if you choose. Add 1/2 tsp. of essential oil, such as lavender or rose. Shake to mix the contents.

4. Pour the homemade fuel into the fuel chamber of the tiki torch.

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