Making a fire torch for camping or navigating the woods can actually be easier than you may think. Just remember to be super careful when using a torch as they can cause fires in very dry conditions. While you may pay for various camping torches that can cost over $20 or more, it is possible to manufacture torches for your campsite or for your own use for just a few dollars each.
To get started you will need a staple gun, some old shirts, Tiki torch oil, a piece of wood as well as a soaking container. To get started make sure that the shirts were cloth that you’re using is 100% cotton. Other types of materials can cause issues when they are burned and could potentially cause first to third degree burns from the melted plastics that can be found in the fibers of the clothing.
Keeping this in mind you can start by cutting out small squares of cotton fibers that can be used with the sticks you have set aside as well. You will want to make sure that the sticks or posts you’re using are well soaked in water so that they can be less flammable. We only technically want the wicks or cotton to burn rather than the sticks themselves. Soaking them overnight in a pool of water should be enough to make sure they are well saturated.
Once the sticks are placed out and you have cut the squares that you can begin soaking the cotton cloth in oil or kerosene. When the cloths are well coated they can then be attached to the sticks using the staple gun or a series of nails. Be sure to evenly distribute fasteners across the cloth or it could potentially fall off and cause a fire hazard. Wrap the cloth around the board or sticks several times and make sure that as well-fastened. From there you should be able to light and enjoy a torch that will burn quite well for at least 20-30 minutes.