Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Patio Torch Fuel

Loyola University Chicago's Biodiesel Program also produces an effective mosquito-repelling patio torch fuel. This clean burning, insect-repelling fuel is perfect for replacing petroleum based torch fuel for barbecues, outdoor events, and restaurants.

“I come from The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota, otherwise known as The Land of 10,000 Mosquitos. Every summer when I go camping, or spend time outside, I feel that I spend more time swatting away mosquitoes than actually enjoying myself. Living in the Midwest, and many other regions, products such as bug spray, citronella candles, and patio torches are a must to shoo away the blood sucking pests.

Therefore I started to wonder if there were any alternative fuel sources that could be used instead of traditional patio torch fuel which is kerosene. Starting my work at Loyola’s Biodiesel Program during the Fall semester of 2010 allowed me to realize that we could use biodiesel for patio torch fuel. I decided that it was time for some healthy competition and embarked on my own process of making fuel for torches and lamps.”
—Michelle Stein, Class of 2012