Report So when do we get to see what the Whistler cauldron looks like? in Vancouver 2010 Ceremonies Discussions Posted February 14, 2010 On a slightly related matter, has anyone seen how badly burnt some of the torches look to be once they've been used? In TV footage of the relay shown here I've seen several scorched or blackened torch 'heads'. Is this a design issue or just a little superficial marking. If other relays are considered, torch bearers were offered the chance to purchase their torch. If so I wonder if any are a bit cheesed off that theirs looks like a burnt offering... It's not burnt, it's just a bit of soot that is normal when burning anything. I think it's more obvious with Vancouver's torch because the flame goes down the side rather than just on top. In any case, it wipes off easily with a cloth, but most people I've seen leave it there, makes it more authentic I suppose.