Wall Hurricanes

Wall Hurricanes

Use these step-by-step instructions to make DIY hurricane lanterns.


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Create an outdoor focal point on a large wall with wall hurricane torches attached to repurposed planks on the wall.

Hurricane Materials
(8) Empty glass bottles
Thread seal tape
Large bottle of non-toxic torch fuel
(8) Torch lamp wicks
(8) 1/2-by-3/4 -inch copper coupling
Funnel
(8) Copper caps for covering the wicks when the hurricanes aren’t in use

Hanging Materials
(8) 3/4-inch-by-9 -inch Milford hangers with hardware
(4) 9-foot-by-3 -foot repurposed planks
Hammer drill (rent from your local hardware store)
Small box 3-inch Phillips flat head concrete screws
Drill with Phillips head bit and 1/8-inch drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver
4-foot Level
(4) 5-inch-by-7 -inch metal plates with hardware
Small box 1-inch wood screws
Pliers
Marker pen
Safety goggles

SAFETY NOTE: This project involves open flames. As with all open flames, never leave the hurricanes lit and unattended. Extinguish the flames when you have finished using them by carefully placing a copper cap over the wicks.

Instructions

Making the Hurricanes

  1. First, you will make the wick to the wall hurricanes. Slide the copper coupling onto the wick so the wide end of the coupling is 1/4-inch from the end of the wick


  1. Wrap thread seal tape around the wide part of the copper coupling until it’s as wide as the bottleneck. Test the fit in an empty bottle to make sure there is enough tape to stop the wick falling through the bottleneck. If needed, add more tape until there is a snug fit


  1. Using a funnel, fill the bottle 2/3 full with torch fuel, and then gently press the wick into the neck of the bottle until you get a snug fit. Set the bottle to one side


  1. Repeat Steps 1 to 3 for each wall hurricane

Attaching the Planks

  1. Now you will mount the planks to the wall that will hold the hurricanes. Eyeball and mark with a pen an X in the center of a plank and another X about 4 inches in from each end. These three marks will be where the pilot holes are drilled in the next step

  2. Find a friend to help you with Steps 6-8 and wear safety glasses. Hold the plank marked with X’s up against the concrete wall, approximately head height. Use a 4-foot level to make sure it’s straight. Using a hammer drill specific to drilling concrete, drill 3 pilot holes through the X’s along the plank and into the wall to a depth of 2 1/2 inches. Use a drill with a Phillips head bit to drill 3-inch Phillips flat head concrete screws through the plank and into the wall

  3. Center the second plank 3-inch below the top plank against the wall, and check with a level to make sure it’s straight. Using the pilot holes in the top plank as a guideline for placement, repeat Step 6 for securing the second plank in place

  4. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for placing the remaining two planks

Attaching the Hangers

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  1. Starting from the right edge to left along the top plank, use a tape measure and mark with a pen 24”, 42”, 60” and 78”. These marks will be where your top four hangers are placed

  2. Starting from the left edge to right along the second from top plank, use a tape measure and mark with a pen 24”, 42”, 60” and 78”. These marks will be where your lower four hangers are placed

  3. Use a pair of pliers to bend the neck of the Milford hanger about 2 inches at 90 degrees. Repeat for each hanger


  1. Place the hanger on the first mark from Step 6 so the bend is flush with the top of the plank. Secure it in place (2) 1-inch wood screws using a drill with a Phillips head bit


  1. Repeat Step 9 for securing each hanger to the marks from Steps 6 and 7

Adding the Metal Plates

  1. Metal plates need to be attached to the top plank to protect it from the flames of the hurricanes on the lower plank. Center a metal plate over each lower plank hanger. Drill 1/8” pilot holes through the existing screw holes in the plate. Secure each plate to the plank with 1-inch wood screws


Adding the Wall Hurricanes

  1. Remove the two screws holding the front of the hanger in place. Hold a wall hurricane up so the bottleneck rests above the top of the hanger. Secure the wall hurricane in place by replacing the front of the hanger and securing the hanger screws either side of the bottleneck


  1. Repeat Step 15 for securing each wall hurricane to the wall planks

  2. Carefully light the hurricanes using a standard lighter or matches, as you would a candle. When the torch fuel level becomes low and the torch no longer lights, remove the hurricane from the wall and carefully pull the wick out of the glass bottle. Refill the glass 2/3 full with torch fuel then replace the wick and hang the hurricane back on the wall

Safety Tip: As with all open flames, never leave the hurricanes lit and unattended. Extinguish the flames when you have finished using them by carefully placing a copper cap over the wicks.

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