In this article, we will see how to make a homemade Bunsen burner or a handmade alcohol burner. This type of lighters is not that it is mandatory in the preparation of homemade beer, but it is highly recommended if you are involved in the world of liquid yeasts and their cultivation.
Usually, this alcohol lighter or bunsen burner (the original bunsen is gas) is used to sterilize sowing handles and to work with your flame. In this way, we avoid, thanks to the high temperature, that unwanted microorganisms colonize our yeast cultures.
As you can see in the image on the side, the flame temperatures of a Bunsen gas burner are very high. Also very different according to the point of the flame, the most elevated temperatures being the center and the tip of the flame and lower at its base.
The price of alcohol lighter is not expensive; around 3 or 4 euros in laboratory stores. But perhaps the delivery is more costly than the more luminous. For this reason, here we leave the instructions and photos that our colleague Crawfurd (Jorge Pizarro) has sent us so that with things to walk around the house, you can make your homemade lighter. And well, if you want to buy it, here you have a pretty good price and free shipping.
Material needed to make a homemade alcohol lighter or handmade bunsen burner
- 1 Glass bottle Preferably with a screw cap.
- One wick Otherwise, you can use thick cotton yarn, such as binding sausages. If the thread is too thin, braid several strands yourself.
- One can of aluminum soda.
How to make homemade alcohol lighter or homemade bunsen cigarette lighter
- Cut out from the soda can a square about 2 or 3 centimeters on each side.
- Make a Canutillo of equal diameter to the mouth of the bottle with the square that you have previously trimmed.
- Pass the wick through the metal joint.
- Add alcohol to the bottle.
- Insert the joint with the wick into the jar. If you sneak, you can make a few small tabs to the Canutillo.
- Homemade alcohol lighter in use.
As you can see, it is straightforward to make homemade alcohol lighter. We recommend that you have a screw cap to prevent the alcohol from evaporating from one time to the next, but some people use a tin can with a hole in the lid to get out of the way.
Bunsen Burner with plastic or glass container
2. With a piece of light aluminum, cut it until you get a comb or tube, which will have the function of hugging and holding the wick.
3. If you use the plastic container, you only have to make a hole in the screw cap with a diameter that allows passing the previously prepared tube, also taking into account the thickness of the wick.
4. If you decide to use the glass container, then, you have to adjust the tube through the container nozzle, you will not need the lid.
5. Install the tube, attach it to the screw cap or the nozzle of the glass container.
6. For the wick, you can cut a patch of gauze or make one from a thick thread such as the wick, which is long enough to be inside the container and outside the tube.
7. Pass the wick inside the tube until it reaches the bottom of the selected container.
8. Pour a moderate amount of alcohol into the container, at least covering ¾ of the container. You can not fill the entire container as it could be potentially dangerous.
9. Finally, light the wick with the match or lighter.
Bunsen Burner with aluminum container
10. If you choose the aluminum container, then with the help of the scissors, you will have to cut it in half, then the upper half of the container will cut a little more to reduce its size to fit in with the lower half later.
11. Pierce, the center of the upper half with three holes, serves to pour alcohol into the container.
12. Drill holes through the edge of the upper half so that when the alcohol begins to evaporate, the flame comes out, emulating a burner.
13. Pour the alcohol into the container using the holes in the center. Remember also not to fill it out completely.
14. To light it, since it will not be necessary to use the wick, you have to pour some alcohol on a piece of aluminum foil, and with a lighter, you raise the flame and once done, you heat the container with alcohol. Once that begins to evaporate, you will see how it ignites, and the flames leave by the orifices of the edges.