How to make a Homemade Kerosene Burner

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Kerosene burners work on a similar principle as candles, they both use wicks to burn. However, the kerosene burner uses the wick to draw up the fuel (kerosene) which is used to keep the fire burning. Kerosene burners are relatively easy to make and the materials needed to make a homemade kerosene burner are readily available and affordable. You may choose to make your own wick or buy one at a cheap price from your local general store.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft drink can
  • Tin snips
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Glass bottle with screw-on cap
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Cotton wick
  • Cut the top and the bottom of the soft drink can using the tin snips. Cut one edge of the can and flatten out the can so that you are left with a rectangular sheet of metal.

  • Cut a 3/4-inch by 4-inch strip of metal from the rectangular sheet of metal. Mark off 5 mm from each edge of the strip. Measure 42 mm from each 5mm mark and make a mark resulting in a 3 mm gap between both 42 mm marks.

  • Mark 5 mm from the top of the strip (along the width of the strip) and draw a line along the strip indicating the 5 mm mark.

  • Trim the metal strip along the 5 mm line. Do not cut off the parts within the 3 mm gap and the first 5 mm mark from the edge of the strip. You will therefore have two projections 3mm and 5mm wide.

  • Bend the strip at the first and second 5 mm marks, as well as on the two sides of the 3 mm gap. Curve the 42 mm edges outward and join the two 5mm edges to form an oval shape.

  • Remove the metal screw cap of the glass bottle and make a hole in the center of the cap using the nail and hammer. Pass the cotton wick through the screw cap, leaving less than an inch of the wick visible from the top of the screw cap. Fill the bottle three-quarters full with kerosene and replace the cap.

  • Place the bottle in the burner dome you made using the soft drink can metal.

References

  • Photo Credit kerosene lamps image by Yali Shi from Fotolia.com
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