“ Type: Garden Lights „
I did have a number of these Homebase garden torches dotted around my back garden a few Summers ago. I used to have them around the edge of my garden during evening garden parties and barbeque's to shed a little light on the garden and for ambiance. The garden torches are constructed from a piece of bamboo which then splits out at the top end to hold a candle in a glass holder. The bamboo is re-enforced with twine to hold it together and also to secure the candle holder in place. The bright blue candles were a nice touch even during the day and unlit, but at night they really made a difference. They didn't shed loads of light, but they created a warm feeling to the atmosphere and I paid around £5 for each one, so they are affordable aswell as worthwhile. The reason I no longer have these in my garden is that if you leave them in the ground through the Winter they soon fall foul of the elements and begin to look tatty and must be removed. They lasted a couple of Summers (and Winters!) and so I do feel I got my moneys worth from them, but if you only put them in the garden when you used them they would last a fair bit longer I could imagine. The quality of the product is not the issue, I just think they are a little too delicate to withstand more than a few frosty Winters. Overall I will give the product 3 out of 5 stars, I do feel a little harsh with this rating but I don't believe they warrant 4 stars.
I've had Garden Torches from Homebase for the last couple of years. It was my father in law that first recommended them, and yeah they are ok. I can't think how much I paid for this, but it wasn't expensive. But then again there isn't much to this. All this is is a Plastic bottle which has a long Wick in it, sort of like a Rope, then there is a wicker outside and a Bamboo stake on the bottom. Although you can hold this and pretend that you are in National treasure at the end where they are all holding their Torches, I stick this in the ground by jamming the Stake in the ground. So you put Paraffin into the Bottle part, light this and then this will work like a Candle. At first you may find that this gives off a lot of Smoke, but it does settle down after a little bit. It smells a bit fumey at first as well, but that's just when it starts to burn. You get a good while out of these Torches as the Wicks in them are pretty long. Easy to use and they keep burning until all the Paraffin has been used up. A simple but effective way to light your Garden and these give off a bit heat as well.
I would like to extoll the praises of another form of garden lighting other than the electric kind, ( albeit that I am eco friendly, and love the idea of solar powered garden lights, they do seem a tad pricey). Another alternative, and not pricey at all, is the Homebase garden torch. These are made of a wicker frame on a bamboo stake, the wicker concealing a plastic bottle with a rope-like wick arrangement. All one does is simpy fill the bottle with a paraffin type substance, (oh, what a surprise, also available at homebase) and then adjust the length of the wick to produce a relatively smoke free flame. Another advantage is that the paraffin stuff available from Homebase also has a Citronella content, thus providing some relief from the horrid flying & stinging things that seem to populate an english garden whenever slightly warm. We bought two of these torches for our garden last summer, plus two bottles of the paraffin to fill them, and, despite having used them on numerous occasions, we still have one full and unopened bottle of paraffin to take us through the impending summer. This is unusually good value for money, I feel. I can reccomend these torches from personal experience, we have a small back garden, attached to our equally small terraced house, and the flares are so atmospheric after dark, and enable the evening to stretch out much longer than would otherwise be the case. So, fire these up, add a crate or two of vino potento and some friends and you have all the ingredients for some fantastic and memorable summer evenings. Now all we need is a summer to go with it . . . . .!