By Kim Blakesley

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.

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

Replace the lid on the bottle. Shake to mix.

Step 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.

Step 4

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