The Unity ‘Candle’ With A 30 Foot Flame


[Quinn]‘s friends were getting married, and while the couple wanted something like a ‘unity candle’ ceremony, they though simple candles were entirely unimpressive and ultimately not very entertaining for the guests. They decided a unity fireball would be a much better representation of their relationship, and were lucky enough to have a good friend that could build one.

The design of [Quinn]‘s unity candle consisted of a control box with two key switches, a giant button, and the gigantic propane fueled candle set well back from the bride, groom, and guests at the ceremony. The candle itself releases the entire contents of an accumulator tank over a hot surface igniter, creating a thirty foot fireball without a visible pilot light, or the loud jet-like sound you would get from a traditional ‘poofer’.

As with all giant fireballs in front of an audience, safety was of the highest concern. [Quinn] didn’t use a full propane tank for this build, instead, a new, purged, and never used tank was used as an accumulator, storing just enough propane for one giant fireball. All the valves, regulators, and plumbing were rated for LP, and [Quinn] even filled out the proper forms and got the local fire department to sign off on it. It’s safer than [Caleb]‘s Mario fire flower, but you still shouldn’t try this at home.

Video of the ceremony below.


  1. Brian says:

    This is amazing! I’ve always been unimpressed with the unity candle thing.

  2. jon says:

    What’s the symbolism here? Their marriage is going to be short, magnificent, and hopefully not destructive?

  3. yosh says:

    In general, the mothers are supposed to light a candle each. What would have been cool is a flame trough from each side to light up the main candle.

  4. Per Jensen says:

    I’m just going to leave this here…

  5. Hirudinea says:

    All I can say is thank God they decided to move the wedding outside at the last minute.

  6. vonskippy says:

    Nothing says “love” like a big poof of burning gas – NOT.

  7. einballimwasser says:

    And this is how germans do it:


  8. sparty says:

    My wife and I didn’t have anything so elaborate. Ours was an oil lamp drilled into a carved ornate wax candle. What got all of our guests talking (and us) was that an enterprising bridesmaid (or two) pulled the wick out an inch and fanned it out. The flame was bout 8 to 10 inches and eventually ignited the wax for a 1′ to 1.5′ flame. We were about three seconds from my awesome Father in law grabbing and dumping the “bird bath” (holy water) on the flames before one of the choir put it out. Good memories.

  9. sDUde says:

    What was really awesome was when the robotic T-Rex came out and stomped a ten foot high bottle wrapped in a cloth.

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