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How to Make Torches

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Torches can be used to light your way, to provide light and ambiance on outdoor patios, or even while camping to help keep your campfire lit. However, if you’re going to light your torches, you must be very careful, and exercise all the safety precautions for working with fire. There are a few different types of torches you can make, depending on the materials you have available to you.

How to Make Torches. Torches can be used to light your way, to provide light and ambiance on outdoor patios, or even while camping to help keep your campfire lit. However, if you're going to light your torches, you must be very careful,…

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Hollywood always makes everything look so easy. The scene opens with someone stuck in a cave, tunnel, temple or another suitable backdrop for an adventure movie. Our hero grabs up a leg bone from an expired adventurer, wraps it in rags and lights the contraption on fire to create a torch that seems to last for the rest of the film. As someone who has tried to make a lot of torches (not with human femurs, mind you), I can tell you that there is a little more to it than that. Not to worry, though: There’s an easy recipe for making a torch and the ingredients should be lying around the house, and even readily accessible when you’re camping. But first, a little backstory. I have been a fanatical user of primitive lighting for years now, especially on campouts and in teaching survival classes. I’ve learned over the years that with the proper wick (plant fiber) and any oil, you can make an oil lamp. Liquid or solid oil—animal, vegetable or mineral—all are effective in making grease lamps and oil “candles.”