How to Light and Fill Your Tabletop Torch

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How to Light & Fill Your Tabletop Torch | Patio Essentials

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Today we're helping to answer one of this season's most frequently asked questions: "How the heck do I fill this torch?!" Well, wonder no more because we're here to show you how it's done and give you some best practice tips!

If you've recently purchased one of our new tabletop torches with a "puck wick," the video below will help answer any questions you might have about filling, lighting, and using your new torch! We've also included step-by-step written directions below.

  1. Place your tabletop torch on a flat surface and pull the flame-shaped topper to remove the snuffer. Inside, you'll see a cotton pad with some metal mesh over it. This is the "puck wick."
  2. Place the mouth of your Patio Essentials Torch fuel over the fuel canister and the wick, and slowly pour in. These canisters take 5.12 ounces of fuel, so you can use a scale to measure how much torch fuel you've added if you want to be exact. Otherwise, it's best to add a small amount of torch fuel to the canister to start. With this style of wick, if you add too much fuel, it will just sit on top of the wick and you will need to burn off all excess fuel before the wick itself catches.
  3. Once you have your torch fuel canister filled, allow the wick to absorb the fuel for 10 minutes before lighting your tabletop torch.
  4. Always use a long lighter rather than a short lighter or matches to light a torch. Hold the lighter over the wick for about 30 seconds to ensure that the entire wick catches flame.
  5. Because this style of wick will create a larger flame, keep it away from any items that could catch fire. On windy days, we recommend using a different torch, as these torches are resistant to wind, but the wind will increase the size of the flame.
  6. When you're ready to extinguish your torch, grab the flame-shaped topper and drop the snuffer over the fuel canister opening. You do not need to get the snuffer on perfectly straight to extinguish the flame.
  7. Remove the snuffer and allow the tabletop torch to cool for at least 5 minutes before replacing the snuffer to protect the wick from the elements when not in use. 

With any of our products, we do recommend storing them in a garage or shed in-between use if you really want to extend their life! If you choose to do this, please be sure to let the torch or citronella candle cool completely before moving it!

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