Turn Your Gel Fuel Firepot Into a Tiki Torch!

by Susan Tysonby

Gel Fuel Conversion Kit Everything you need to turn your gel fuel firepot into a tiki torch!

If you own an ethanol gel firepot, I’m sure you’re well aware its pourable gel fuel has been recalled and is no longer available for sale. So what now, fire lovers? You can always turn your obsolete fire pot into a vase, but that’s not why you bought it, right? Here’s a cheap, easy and quick way to turn your gel fuel firepot into a tiki torch or oil candle, that works for any fire pots with a 3″ diameter steel fuel cup or you can purchase our economical Firefly Firepot Insert:

Fireport Insert Firepot Insert

  1. Carefully clean your firepot and fuel cup to remove all traces of the ethanol gel fuel. Let dry.
  2. Purchase a single hole tub face plate from your local hardware store. I’d recommend going with a plain chrome face plate – any finish on the metal may burn off when you light the wick. Toss the included screw – you won’t be needing that.

    Fiberglass Wick Fig 1: 1/2″ tiki torch wick threaded through the tub face plate

  3. Thread a 1/2″ round fiberglass wick through the middle hole of the face plate, and cut to size so it just reaches the bottom of the fuel cup (Fig 1)
  4. Place the stainless fuel cup in your fire pot, and fill with either tiki torch fuel (for outdoor use only), pure paraffin lamp oil (for indoor use) or Firefly Safe & Green fuel for indoor or outdoor use.
  5. Set the faceplate and wick on top of the fuel cup, and allow a few minutes fo the fuel to soak into the wick.
  6. Light the wick and enjoy!
  7. To extinguish the flame, use a snuffer designed specifically for tiki torches.

Common Sense Warnings: DO NOT attempt to refill the fuel cup until the flame has been extinguished and the metal face plate is cool to the touch. Always keep in mind the faceplate is not attached to the firepot, so place it in an area where it won’t be in danger of getting knocked over.

Gel Pot Tiki Torch What gel fuel firepot? It’s a tiki torch!

And Voila! Your firepot will live to see another backyard barbecue!

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Susan Tyson

VP Marketing at Firefly Fuel, Inc.
VP of Marketing at Firefly Fuel, Inc - An innovative, eco-friendly company supplying refillable oil candles and green fuel to homeowners, restaurants and resorts.
  • Paula Z

    Thank you for this information.
    Got my fire pot retrofitted and ready to burn!

    • Firefly

      Hi Paula,

      Great! Would love to see a photo or video. Good luck.

      Best,

      Susan

  • Deborah Floyd Laws

    Can this be done to convert bioethanol ventless fireplaces?

    • http://www.FireflyFuel.com Susan Tyson

      Hi Deb,

      Unfortunately the fire pot insert will not help you with your ventless fireplace. However, if your fireplace uses a flat-mat wick, the Firefly Safe and Green fuel will work safely in your ventless fireplace.

      If you determine your fireplace has such a wick, I suggest you order a quart of Firefly Safe & Green. You can safely burn Safe & Green indoors as it has no smelly fumes or smoke.

  • Kristen Salter

    Susan, I have a firepot from birdbrain. Inside the decorative outer vessel there is a ceramic cup and inside that there is a metal fuel cup that is 2″ diameter. I have several of these and a couple are missing the metal inserts 2″ round. Do you sell your firepot inserts in smaller size to fit these smaller fire pots? I cannot even find just the plain metal cups this 2″ size anywhere on the web…looked for a long while too. Any advice? I’d like to use these all like tiki pots as you describe above. Exactly like the firepot inserts you sell, just small enough to fit. Thank you

  • Kristen Salter

    Also the only face plate covers I can find are overflow covers with an opening along the edge on one side to allow the tub to drain and prevent overflow. Is this the type you used, just making sure it is safe with the opening. Thank you

    • http://www.FireflyFuel.com Susan Tyson

      Our insert is 2-3/8″ in diameter. Our vendor requires a 10,000 unit order. Your inquiry is the first we have had for the smaller 2″ size. I would suggest you contact Birdbrain directly for cup replacements. However, that does not solve the problem of an insert with a wick so you can use the fire pot safely.

      We would certainly respond with a suitable fire pot insert for the smaller fire pot if the demand were there. At this time it is just not a viable product.

      Thanks for writing, Kristen

    • http://www.FireflyFuel.com Susan Tyson

      Our insert is 2-3/8″ in diameter. Our vendor requires a 10,000 unit order. Your inquiry is the first we have had for the smaller 2″ size.

      I would suggest you contact Birdbrain directly for cup replacements. However, that does not solve the problem of an insert with a wick so you can use the fire pot safely.

      We would certainly respond with a suitable fire pot insert for the smaller fire pot if the demand were there. At this time, it is just not a viable product.

      Good Luck, Kristen, and thanks for writing.

  • desertrainfilms

    can you put fire glass in the metal container with fuel and just light it?

  • http://www.FireflyFuel.com Susan Tyson

    Please clarify your question. Thank you.

    • desertrainfilms

      is a wick necessary? can fuel just burn by itself? could you just fill the metal container with pebbles or fire glass, pour fuel over it and light the fuel? if a wick is needed, could you just put a wick in the metal container, surround it with pebbles, pour in tiki torch fuel, and light the wick? is it necessary to have some type of metal cover surrounding the wick?

  • http://www.FireflyFuel.com Susan Tyson

    Yes. The wick is necessary for our fuel to burn. The wick holder “holds” the wick in place. I really can’t make any recommendations; although, all the products we sell use a wick holder.

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