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David Smith

What can I use to create long lasting flaming beacons?

Hi,

What I want to be able to do is have some flaming beacons in suitable metal "braziers" either on spiked poles or some form of secure base, (I know a man who can run up practically anything in metal given a drawing and enough time), but I am struggling to think what to burn in them that will be long-lasting and not need repenishing very often - say a brazier about size of a large bucket and a burning in flames time of 2 hours plus.

Any suggestions welcome!

Best wishes
David
Justme

Oil wick lamps?

large candles?
Gareth

Pine pitch or simalar.

Had a very successfull experiment a few years back steaming Leylandii roots to produce a pitch. Reed stems dipped in the hot pitch/tar and then allowed to cool and set, burn nice and slowly giving out a reasonable illumination, and a very pleasent aroma.


I made mine inaerobically .... without the presence of oxygen in the same manner as Ray Mears did in one of his shows.

The only Youtube video I can find is one making Pine resin glue; which is made in the presence of Oxygen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfKqytM9gCQ
green man

Ask young bodger to speak to his friends at broom farm they have small hand held torches for wassailing so they are bound to know.

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