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How to attach Tiki Torches to a Deck Rail

Add outdoor lighting with tiki torch stands around your deck (and prevent mosquitos, too)! Learn how to easily install a tiki torch deck mount in minutes.

Though I love to spend time outdoors during summer evenings, the mosquitoes eat me alive. So, I’ve decided to fight back against the pesky bugs by wrapping our deck with citronella-scented tiki torches. Using an easy-to-install tiki torch deck mount, this project was completed in minutes.

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How to Install a Tiki Torch Deck Mount

Before you order the deck clamps, measure the thickness of the deck rail and determine how many tiki torches you’d like to install. If you’d like to print the directions, click here to jump to the instruction card

Supplies Needed

Instructions

  1. First, loosen the large metal screw on the deck clamp. tiki torch deck clamp
  2. Next, slide the clamp onto the deck rail. place tiki torch deck mount, deck clamp
  3. Once the clamp is in place, tighten the metal screw. 
  4. If needed, use a set of pliers to tighten the screw further. 
  5. Once the clamp is in place, loosen the small screw. loosen tiki torch deck mount, deck clamp
  6. Next, slide the tiki torch through the hole until well seated. 
  7. Finally, tight the metal screw to hold the torch securely. tighten tiki torch deck mount, deck clamp

Tiki Torch Stands

How many deck tiki torches do you need? We decided to install one tiki torch holder per each side of the deck (except the house side, of course). Therefore, 3 tiki torches and 3 clamps met our needs.

It’s easy to install more tiki torch stands later, since the clamps don’t damage the deck. There are no screw holes, which means the spacing between each torch is quick and simple to adjust. 

tiki torch deck clamp

FAQs: Deck Tiki Torches 

Can tiki torches prevent mosquitos? 

Yes! Purchase a tiki torch fuel which includes citronella in order to prevent mosquitos.

Can a tiki torch stand be mounted on the outside of the deck rail?

Yes! In fact, this is the preferred option. Mount tiki torch holders to the outside of the deck rail so that:

  • the torch is further out of reach,
  • floor space is saved inside the deck rails,
  • the base of the torch can’t be easily kicked or bumped.

Safety Tips for Deck Tiki Torches

  • Never leave tiki torches burning without supervision.
  • Ensure that torches are securely mounted with a tiki deck mount so that it cannot topple over.
  • Do not burn tiki torches under tree canopies, patio umbrellas, deck roofs/coverings, etc.
  • Consider investing in stainless steel tiki torches for a safer, more durable, and more stable deck tiki torch.

Outdoor Lighting: Tiki Torches around a Deck

When planning outdoor lighting, try to incorporate several lighting types. For example:

By combining a variety of lighting solutions, you’ll create ambiance and depth in an outdoor space. It provides several layers of defense against mosquitos (candles and torches at various heights) and improves safety (by brightening the home’s exterior and walk spaces).

tiki torch lit

How to Install a Tiki Torch Deck Mount

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Add outdoor lighting with tiki torch stands around your deck (and prevent mosquitos, too)! Learn how to easily install a tiki torch deck mount in minutes.

Tools

Instructions

  1. Measure the deck and determine where each tiki torch mount will be installed.
  2. Loosen the large screw to fit around the railing or spindle.
  3. Place the clamp onto the railing or spindle where it will be installed.
  4. Tighten the large screw until snug. Use pliers to tighten further, if needed.
  5. Loosen the small screw in order to allow the tiki torch to fit into the hole.
  6. Insert the tiki torch at least 1/3 of the overall tiki torch height.
  7. Tighten the small screw until snug. Use pliers to tighten further, if needed.
  8. Fill the torch with citronella scented tiki torch fuel.

Notes

  • Make sure to measure the mounting point in order to ensure it will fit within the dimensions of the deck clamp.
  • You may need scissors to open the deck clamp packaging.
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