There is no real universally perfect fire eating torch that will suit all skill levels, body types and styles. For this reason it’s not fair or accurate to attribute a star rating, since different people will be looking for different qualities in a torch. After much deliberation we decided to create a simplified comparison chart that offers the most important information at a glance to help you make the best choice.
If you are uncertain about how each quality affects the use and feel of a torch there is a guide below the table that offers further explanation.
Also for those of you who wish to construct your own cotton torch there is a video to your right which will show you how.
If you’d like to have your torch design included please email me.
|Image (click to view)||Price||Product / Manufacturer||Wick Details*||Exposed Metal**||Length***||Weight****||Handle||Over All|
|$30 & $35 USD||Double-ended Fire-eating Torches by Fire Mecca||Medium Size|
Two 1.5" (3.8 cm) wicks. Woven using Fire Mecca's signature spiral MoonBlaze weave.
28" (71 cm) long, 1/8" diameter steel
A steel ring welded into the middle of the rod allows for easy spinning and manipulation.
|This torch is perfect for stage. Excellent feel for manipulation, beautiful yet simple aesthetic, and holds just enough fuel.
|$10 USD||Fire Eating Torches By Bacchanal Promotions||Small Size|
2" in length and 5/8" wide. Very secure spiral woven kevlar design.
SIngle wicked: 18" (46 cm) long, 1/8" diameter
Double wIcked: 24 inches (61 cm) long, 1/8 inch diameter
|Light||None||This torch is ideal for beginners.
Very reasonably priced and built tough to last. It is light weight with thinner wicks that are ideal for newbies and when working on new tricks. (Check the last image below to see this torch in action)*****
|$16 & $14 USD||Fire-eating Torches by Fire Mecca||Medium Size|
Your choice of 1" or 1.5" wick. Woven using Fire Mecca's signature spiral MoonBlaze weave.
16" (41 cm) long, 1/8" diameter steel
FInished wood handle optional.
|A very versatile torch. Equally well suited for experts on stage and beginners at practice.
Comfortable to hold, well built and holds just enough fuel.
|£8.95 or $15 USD||Fire-eating Torches by Fire Toys||Large Size|
1" (2.5 cm) wick.
Metal is actually a foil wrapped wood baton so It doesn't get very hot.
|Short - Medium |
11" (27 cm) long, 1/4" diameter steel
|None||This torch is very inexpensive and the kevlar is very good quality.
I would say that the torch head is too big for beginners and even most intermediate fire eaters. The biggest difference is the foil wrapped wood that is used for the rod on this torch.. It feels a bit cheap and I found that is started to go after about 30 uses.
|$35 USD for a set of 2||Perfect Torches by Bearclaw||Large Size|
1.5" (3.8 cm) wicks.
However recessed and not a problem to work with.
19" (48 cm) long, wood capped with brass
The small wood spinning ball at the end of the torch allows for easy spinning and a nice grip point.
|These torches are my go-to for photo shoots. The large, highly absorbant wicks give a large, long lasting flame. (see top 2 images below)
These are too big for beginners but, so far, can not be beat for flame power.
Reading Our Comparison Chart
To make this comparison chart easy to read, we use a 3 level scale.
Wick Size & Absorbency*
Wick Size (based primarily on diameter)
Small – Perfect for Beginners. Easily fits into the mouth, about the size of an average thumb
Medium – Comfortably fits into the mouth, about the size of one and a half average thumbs
Large – More difficult to fit into the mouth, about twice the size of an average thumb or more
Wick Absorbency (ability to soak up and securely hold fuel)
Light – Enough fuel to last a few stunts
Medium – Enough fuel to last a full set of stunts (about 1 minute’s worth)
Heavy – Enough fuel to last more than a full set of stunts (more than a minute’s worth)
Because fire eating torches come into contact with our hands and mouths it’s important that the wicks are constructed without exposed metal. This is because metal gets very hot very quickly making it a potential burn hazard.
A torch feels most comfortable when it is the right length, which is long enough to keep the hand holding it a safe distance from the flame and short enough to feel stable when holding it. A good rule of thumb is to hold the torch comfortably and have the wick portion rest in the bend of your arm.
Short -Too short to hold the torch comfortably and have the wick portion rest in the bend of your arm
Medium – Able to hold the torch comfortably and have the wick portion rest in the bend of your arm
Long – (Better for taller individuals) Too long to hold the torch comfortably and have the wick portion rest in the bend of the average arm
NOTE: At the short length there is a higher risk of the hand holding the torch becoming burned during use.
Light – Light enough to be able to comfortably perform the tooth hold.
Medium – Comfortably light, however slightly too heavy to comfortably perform the tooth hold
Heavy – A bit on the heavy side for easy manipulation
I found the type of kevlar used on this torch made it uncomfortable to hold in my teeth. If the tooth hold is a major part of your repertoire this torch may not be a good fit. Otherwise it is a fantastic value.