I don’t know about you, but mosquito’s LOVE ME. Unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual. I’m blessed to have a large covered deck and big backyard, but it’s hard for me to enjoy because I get eaten alive. Yes, I could use bug spray but the only kind that works for me contains deet. I don’t want to spray deet on myself every single day just to be able to enjoy my backyard.
So I came up with a great solution… a tabletop firepit with mosquito repellent tiki fuel. Not only does it look great as a table centerpiece, but I can enjoy my deck without having to spray myself with deet.
If you click on the supplies, it will take you to Amazon, but I purchased most of my supplies at the dollar store. The entire project wound up costing me about $20 and it’s incredibly simple and fun to make!
I first drilled a hole in the lid of the mason jar. Make sure you use a drill bit that’s big enough to fit the wick. You also don’t have to use that big of a wick. I initially drilled three small holes to fit much smaller wicks, but the flame wasn’t big enough for my liking.
Once the hole has been drilled, push the wick upwards through the hole so that an inch or so sticks out of the top. You don’t want the wick to be too tall. I used two 4 oz. mason jars because they fit perfectly in the bowl that I used, but you can use any size jar with a lid. Once you’ve placed your jars in the bowl, spread your glass beads around the jars. Ideally, you want to have enough beads to fill the bowl, but as long as the jars aren’t showing, it doesn’t really matter.
If you use a 4 oz. jar and fill the entire jar with fuel, it will burn for about an hour. Some of the glass beads may have soot on them, but they can easily be rinsed off with water. The dark soot spots are due to the mason jar lid. I’ve actually thought about pouring a little water in the bowl thinking it would help with the soot.