Are you a campfire person? I love to sit and watch the flames and the odd time, roast marshmallows and hotdogs.  When my kids were younger, we purchased those Campfire Colour Changer packages at the gas station, but adding a box for every late-night campfire can get expensive.

You can easily change the colour of a campfire. If you do it right, you can repeat the process for every bonfire. All you need is a drill, a drill bit, a piece of copper pipe, an old garden hose, a coat hanger, and a vice. It’s so much fun changing the campfire colour or any backyard fire.

How to Change Campfire Colour


materials-needed - Campfire Colour

Home Materials Needed to Change Campfire Colour

Ensure that your copper pipe is more significant than your hose because you will put the tube inside the copper pipe. You can measure or roughly estimate about every two inches on your pipe and mark it. Now turn it a quarter turn and make marks in the middle of the first ones on the pipe side.

  • Old Garden Hose
  • Copper Pipe
  • Wired Clothes Hanger

Directions on How to Change Colour


1. Place the pipe in a vice with the first row of marks facing up. Be careful not to tighten the pipe too much, or you will end up squeezing it out of shape—drill holes where you have made marks. The drill should go all the way through the pipe. When you get done, you should have four rows of holes in the pipe.


2. Place the garden hose in the pipe. Squeeze one end of the pipe, so it is out of shape and will not allow the garden hose to fall out. Set the pipe and garden hose aside.


3. Straighten your coat hanger, except for the curved area over the closet rod. This is done easiest if you have a pair of pliers. Once the coat hanger is straight, slide one end through a hole in the pipe. Pull that end through until it reaches the hook. Now twist this end around the base of the hook. This is your handle.


4. Once you have a fire going, slide the pipe into the fire. Use an oven or grilling mitt, so you don’t burn your hand. The pipe should go under the logs. Leave the hook out of the fire so you can access it.  And that’s how you change the campfire colour


You will notice the change of colour in your campfire almost immediately. Gorgeous blues and greens will mix with yellows and oranges.

See an Example found on Youtube. 

Remove the pipe from the fire when the colour starts to die. You’ll want to use a mitt again because the wire will be hot, and the pipe will be glowing hot. Don’t let either one touch your skin or clothing. Instead, dip the pipe in cold water to cool it off and reuse it again the next time you want to change the colour of a campfire.


Once you place the pipe in the fire, do not try to cook on the flame. The colour change is indicative of a chemical reaction. Also, never cook your food over chemicals or dyes, such as dyes found on cardboard boxes you might burn.

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