How to light your garden oil torch

As we are reaching that time of year when people start venturing out into the garden we thought it would be a good time to share our knowledge on caring for your garden oil torch.

For those of you who are new to garden oil lamps or have just purchased one for the garden, here are a few how to’s for you.

These instructions are generally based on the use of our garden torches. But can be used as a rough guideline for others.


  1. To access the oil container, push down the metal wick holder and turn in an anticlockwise direction. Then simply fill with a suitable outdoor oil. Do not over fill the container as when oil heats it will expand slightly. Then screw the top back on. Allow the wick to soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. To ignite you can then simply place a lit match to the wick.
  2. To fuel the torch you will need some good quality oil – We recommend the selection of Barrettine lamp and torch oil. This is sold through our website.
  3. All of the staked oil lanterns come with a spike which can be placed into soft ground. If you have a patio or terrace you can also place the stake into an oil lamp stand. Our stands are made to fit all of our oil torches except the Lucca range.
  4. For each oil torch we have provided the oil capacity and estimated burn time on the website. If you are purchasing from elsewhere, read their product information or contact them directly.
  5. All of our oil lamps come with a snuffer to put out the flame and a filter to help pour the oil.
  6. If the wick gets wet this will affect the flame’s ability to burn.
  7. It is always best to put the snuffer over the wick when the lamp is not in use to protect it from rain and damp.

Our illuminating range of high quality outdoor oil lamps and torches will add a special glow to any occasion whether it be a wedding, dinner, event or simply a relaxing evening in the garden. They are all made from high quality stainless steel or copper making them strongly durable for outdoor use.

Remember to be careful when using the oil torches, keeping the flame away from children and placing them securely in the ground or using a strong oil torch base.

17th April, 2019