Tiki Torches Review
Tiki torches - if you are looking to buy a tiki torch for your
pool, patio or deck area you are definitely not alone.
Tiki exotica is
enjoying a great resurgence in popularity: tiki bars, tiki huts, and torches
are all the craze!
For a luau extraordinaire with Polynesian fare create the right atmosphere
by placing a few large torches around. If you have a pool or pond area
these torches can create a fiery reflective ring leaving your guests mesmerized.
And, tiki outdoor torches are right at home in tropical gardens: place
them about near your favorite plants and the garden will look great. What's
available? Review styles, types, safety and maintenance below.
Tikis and torch styles available
- pole torches
- tabletop torches
- tiki umbrella torches
- Festive tiki wall sconces
- Festive colored torches
- copper and bamboo torches
Natural Gas and Propane
The choice for natural gas or propane is a good one especially if you're
looking for long lasting burning and flexibility. These torches, unlike
the oil burning ones discussed below, are adjustable, and allow you to
control how much flame you want: by turning a knob, go from soft romantic
to bright light. In addition, gas tiki torches rarely blow out in the
wind, (up to 10mph) making them an excellent choice for overall ease and
functionality. You can buy tiki torch kits online. They come in permanent
or portable. The portable ones use propane gas and cost from $220 to $350.
Permanent natural gas ones are located in an area and have a constant
supply of natural gas fed to them. Once installed, they are ready to burn
Oil: Paraffin and Citronella
For a more affordable choice, you can buy tiki torches that use oil.
Paraffin oil is a popular choice, and it doesn't smoke. Citronella oil
is another good choice and it helps to control mosquitos. How long do
they burn? Festive brand torches hold 16oz of fuel and can burn for 10
hours. But how long they last depends upon the size of your torch: typically
from 6 to 16 hours. Flame height is determined by wick exposure. You can
buy individual torch tikis or buy several in a pack online.
Need Oil for your Torch?
Buy Tiki Torch Accessories
- Gelflame Fuel - burns odorless, and smoke-free
- Liquid Paraffin with Citronella - 1 gallon or 32oz
Priced From: $19.99
Safety Advice and Maintenance Tips:
- For safety, never leave a torch unattended. If you and guests go inside,
make sure you extingish all torches to prevent a fire. For gas tikis
check the gas lines prior to lighting. How is the connection. Is it
secure and in good condition?
- To maintain gas tiki torches - Clean carbon build-up from the torch
head by using a mild soapy-water mixture. No abrasives.
- To maintain an oil tiki torch - The main thing is check prior to use
that the wick is in good shape and that there is sufficient oil to burn.
Don't mix oil types with your wick. If you choose paraffin, stick with
it until the wick is finished. Then switch.