Oil burners.

  • Advertise with us
Project by degoose posted 11-07-2011 10:18 PM 2106 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No I am not talking about old cars that have worn rings in the engine and burn oil and blow smoke… this reference me go over a few heads but most will know what I mean…

No… I am talking about fragrant oil [or wax melts] burners…the ones with a bowl for the oil [or melt] and a tea light candle underneath to provide enough heat to activate the fragrance..

Over the weekend I met a woman who sells candles and fragrances via partyplan… and she asked if I could make an oil burner from timber… she is looking to add this to her range for parties as she has regular enquiries about burners made of wood…

This is made from New Guinea Rosewood with two stripes of Purple Heart inlaid around the top and sides and an inlaid stripe of Purple Heart and Silver Ash around the front face..

The Maxwell & Williams bowl is set into a hole drilled in the top..

I tested this for 1/2 an hour in my workshop to check the safety of using a candle near timber and had no problems… and the workshop smelled great… I used Frangipani….

I will post more info regards the Party Plan Business when I know if this is to be included in their range… They are also looking at the tea candle holders I make…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

24 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


117060 posts in 3540 days

#1 posted 11-07-2011 10:33 PM

Very interesting a new item I’ve never seen. good show.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View SPalm's profile


5317 posts in 3845 days

#2 posted 11-07-2011 10:42 PM

Seems a bit dangerous to me. But hey, I am not an Aussie.

Frangipani ?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10045 posts in 4015 days

#3 posted 11-07-2011 10:49 PM

Is the Back open?

What is that stuff on Top of the pieces?

Is this just another way of saying a “Covered Candle Holder”?
... if so, if that candle is a tad too long (tall), couldn’t that start a fire & burn it up?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

View grizzman's profile


7836 posts in 3266 days

#4 posted 11-07-2011 10:57 PM

yea larry im a little concerned myself, it looks like the heat from that candle would burn the wood…the heat that comes from that little candle gets really hot…im not sure about this mate…i need some more convincing here…i love the idea..just a little weary…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View degoose's profile


7228 posts in 3317 days

#5 posted 11-07-2011 10:58 PM

Steve, Frangipani is a flower and I used a Frangipani fragrance wax melt… melted in the bowl by the warmth of the candle bellow…
Joe, back is open
Steve and Joe… not dangerous at all… as long as only tea light candles are used…
Grizz, I checked this out for half an hour… it did not even warm the timber … only the bowl.. and melted the fragrance block of wax…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

View grizzman's profile


7836 posts in 3266 days

#6 posted 11-07-2011 11:02 PM

can you give us a measurement on this…how tall is this…how many inches is that opening…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View degoose's profile


7228 posts in 3317 days

#7 posted 11-07-2011 11:16 PM

Hey Grizz… the burner is over 3 inches tall and nearly 5 inches wide and 4 inches deep… the distance from the flame to the bottom of the bowl is over 2 inches… hope this helps..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

View grizzman's profile


7836 posts in 3266 days

#8 posted 11-07-2011 11:24 PM

thanks a bunch larry, i trust ya mate, just looked a little close …good luck in making more of these…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

4170 posts in 3127 days

#9 posted 11-07-2011 11:25 PM

That is definitely unique…......amazing what can be made of wood…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View patron's profile


13600 posts in 3304 days

#10 posted 11-08-2011 12:20 AM


frangipani scent


where is this all going lol

nice new addition
to your line

you are the go-to guy
down under
it seems

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View amagineer's profile


1415 posts in 2560 days

#11 posted 11-08-2011 12:57 AM

The Frangipani plant uses it’s fragrance to attract moths for pollination. We have a similar design here for melting the wax, but it is made out of clay. I like the wood design better because there are numerous designs you could create with the colorful woods available.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

View Karson's profile


35111 posts in 4363 days

#12 posted 11-08-2011 01:33 AM

Larry: I’ll take your test, but it seems that you have a closed space for the heat to be trapped. Are there any openings between the wood and the edge of the bowl?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Sam Shakouri's profile

Sam Shakouri

1200 posts in 3050 days

#13 posted 11-08-2011 01:42 AM

How do find time to make so many things, I mean so many wonders, in that short time? WELL DONE LARRY, well done.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

View Dave139's profile


5 posts in 2355 days

#14 posted 11-08-2011 02:01 AM

Over time, wood exposed to a low temperature heat source will undergo a physical change in composition that will lower its ignition temperature. A 1/2 hour experiment is not adequate and misleading. Years down the road of “safe” buring will lead to a buildup of confidence that could end in disaster. For more information Google:
” ‘Pyrophoric Carbon’ and Long-term, Low-temperature Ignition of Wood”

There is photographic evidence there of a fire started by a hot water pipe at 170 degrees F.

View degoose's profile


7228 posts in 3317 days

#15 posted 11-08-2011 02:18 AM

Dave .. in response… I believe that it could happen with low temperature exposure over time… continuously for years… but oil burners are used for a few hours max and not 24/7…so I feel that there will be no problem…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

showing 1 through 15 of 24 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics