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How to build copper patio torches

By: Garden Gate staff
Find out just how simple and inexpensive it is to make your own set of copper patio torches!

A great patio torch does a lot of work. It looks good, sheds light on your outdoor space and keeps pesky bugs away. And now you can have a set of copper patio torches without burning cash! At your local hardware store, pick up the items in the materials list below along with a medium-grit abrasive pad and a pipe cutter. (Be sure it can cut through pipe more than 1 inch in diameter). Then, click through the slideshow at the end for step-by-step instructions for illuminating your garden with your own handiwork!

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copper-torches-supplies: The pipe (mounting post), air chamber (oil reservoir), reducers (base/cap), bushing (wick holder) and wicks are shown here.

Materials & Tools

  • 5 ft. of ½-in. pipe (mounting post)
  • 2   1-in. to ½-in. reducers (base/cap)
  • ½ in. × 14 in. air chamber (oil reservoir)
  • ½ in. × ⅜ in. bushing (wick holder)
  • Replacement torch wicks
  • Epoxy
  • Water-based polyurethane spray
  • Patio torch oil
  • Medium-grit abrasive pad
  • Pipe cutter
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Published: Oct. 15, 2018

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