My Favorite Pumpkin Lighting Technique - Kerosene Soaked Toilet Paper
Last year I got an e-mail from a boy scout leader somewhere (I am sorry I didn't keep the e-mail to give the guy credit) who uses a kerosene soaked roll of toilet paper to make three foot flames that last for over 1/2 hour.
I had to put this theory to the test. To the Hardware store I went. I bought a gallon of Kerosene ($4.49) and a paint can ($1.89). The roll of TP I stole from the closet at home. According to the boy scout you need to soak the TP overnight, so I did just that. I've since learned you only need to let is soak for a few minutes.
It was awesome. The flames were indeed three feet out of the pumpkin and they lasted for about 45 minutes. If you want the best flame I have seen yet, this is it. Be warned that the smoke can be a little dark and stinky at first. Otherwise, it was awesome. Remember to be safe and all that.
Before you watch the video, you should know that before we shot it we did alot of prep work. We soaked the TP the day prior, we carved a special devil pumpkin with parsnips for horns, we waited until dark to get the best lighting. Matt was pretty excited to be on the video. Here was his chance to be a star. Oops.