While most people, when asked what their favorite movie is, would likely list something poignant like Shawshank Redemption or Schindler’s List, the flick I love the very, very best is …
Gidget. If you’re not familiar, it’s a 1959 camptacular film starring Sandra Dee as a pint-size surfer girl looking for love and the next big wave. I have every right to be embarrassed over this, but somehow, I’m not.
On many levels, I can admit this film is ridiculous:
But on other levels, it’s just so great. There’s a scene that inspired my love for all things tiki and it’s the big luau that the surf bums throw. Wild music, a big roast – and, of course, tiki torches (see, I finally got around to the point of the post!).
Back when I had access to a backyard, I threw a Gidget-themed party on more than one occasion. While I can say it was “honest to goodness it’s the absolute ultimate” the crappy tiki torches were sort of duds. Not only did they go out frequently, but they had a hard time standing up on their own (posing a fairly serious fire hazard, when I look back at it now).
Someone like me who enjoys the firey blaze of the torch (and you don’t have to be a Gidget fan to like them – just think how great it would look near a hot tub or pool) would do well to pick up some Red Dragon Patio Lights.
Admittedly, these torches are not cheap – but they are built to last and are solid quality. You can opt for either the portable model (in which the torch is mounted on a small cart) or a permanent model that comes with an 18” base for installing the torch in the ground. All torches stand 7.5′ to 8′ tall, are rated up to 49,000 BTU/hr, are made of all-steel construction and are powder coated for a long lasting, durable finish. A flame adjusting valve (that you connect to your own propane cylinder) allows a wide variety of flame length and width. Finally, it’s available in five different designs (my favourite, “fin”, is the one in the top right).
For a backyard experience bound to be “the ultimate”, check out Red Dragon Patio Light Torches. They start at $260 each.