Building a gas Tiki Torch


Hi all,
I've been considering building some gas tiki torches like you see all over the place in Hawaii (like these: http://www.beachsidelighting.com/products/TK1NP.html ).
There seem to be vry few vendors and the prices are in the $200 range each. They seem like a relatively simple concept to build, soooooo, I was wondering if anyone here had some expertise to share.
I've got a nicely lanscaped tropical theme backyard and I thought about 6 or 8 of these would be cool.
Thoughts?
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Viewer wrote:

No experience with them, but if I were doing it I'd buy one unit to save the design work and then clone it exactly. Of course if you don't already have a well equipped metal working shop you aren't going to save any money since a number of the parts are not off the shelf items.
Pete C.
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I was tinking about either getting some funnels in the approximate size, or simply making a wooden form over which I could shape the torch body, and then braze it closed. Then an appropriate bottom plate and the burner -- that's the challenging part. I'm not sure whatt he burner entails. It just seems to me as I look at them that there really isn't $200 worth of "stuff" or proprietary technology. If they were in the $60-$75 range, I'd be all over it.
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It ought to just be some sort of venturi nozzle, and a baffle to spread the flame around, all wrapped in a shade to keep the wind from blowing the thing out.
You could probably make something workable with a propane torch head, a metal tea-strainer, and a soup can.
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True,
I hadn't really considered any shape other than the typical tapered cylinder. I was getting held up on that rather than considering the actual burner and flame holder.
I would think that the burner needs to be little more than some small jet to allow the natural gas to pass through at residential gas pressure (~4 inches of water -- I'll verify) and a flame holder which looks to be little more than a perforated metal cup.
Thanks for helping unblock the brain!
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replying to Viewer, Shawn wrote:

Did anyone make these? I'm interested as well!!
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