Also, minimum, 5 full size extinguishers on set at all times. Just in case... Enough worrying. Let's talk fire!
This was the best how-to I found while hunting around the interwebs:
I've taken some of my research finds and mashed 'em together into this tutorial:
Step 1: Gather your materials.
- tiki fluid, or if you want to go full medieval, pig or beef fat
- 100% cotton cloth- because things made of of plastic not only drip and stay in a burning blob on whatever it drips on, but also release all of those delectable chemicals into your eagerly waiting lungs.
- staple gun
- chicken wire or baling wire
- a sturdy stick or stick substitute
- something to soak the torch end in, half a can, a metal pail, etc.
Step 3: wrap the fabric around tightly and staple it again on the ending edge to secure it.
Step 5: Soak the fabric in tiki fluid
Step 6: let the extra accelerant drip off.
Step 7: Light it up!
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Other thoughts for safe(er) torches are:
- Buy the fire breather type torches and texture them to look like a stick.
- Or, buy the fire-breather wicks and then take a small section of a metal rod and hide it in the top of whatever prop styled solution I want. 2x4, stick, goat leg, etc. Then I can light and replace the wicks a lot easier.
As for the safety aspect- can I just have a firefighter hang out on set? That'd be awesome.