How to Improvise a Candle?
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Kevin Kerstens
(kjkerstens) - MLife

Locale: BC Canada
How to Improvise a Candle? on 02/17/2010 19:41:43 MST Print View

I was recently traveling (3rd world country) and the power went out in the hotel. My wife and I had a bic lighter but no candle. It got me to wondering how would you improvise a candle with materials other than wax, or is this even possible. I have looked on the internet but haven't had much luck, other than make and carry your own emergency candle with you. Now I know there are lots of things to do in the dark but any actual illumination suggestions would be great.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: How to Improvise a Candle? on 02/17/2010 19:48:54 MST Print View

Isn't it basically a long chain hydrocarbon with a wick? I'd try fats, oils and greases.

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: How to Improvise a Candle? on 02/17/2010 20:53:49 MST Print View

Permanent markers work, for a little bit anyway. I had a pyromaniacal youth.

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Re: How to Improvise a Candle? on 02/23/2010 10:48:12 MST Print View

I would try a butter lamp, hand sanitizer lamp, oil lamp. Liquids will be much easier to work with than anything else.

Have fun!

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: How to Improvise a Candle? on 02/23/2010 11:27:19 MST Print View

Ear Wax seemed to work in "Shrek". ;)

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: How to Improvise a Candle on 02/23/2010 11:29:44 MST Print View

A friend who grew up quite poor in the old country said that on holidays her family would make "candles" by gouging out a hole in a potato, filling it with cooking oil, then add a cloth wick and light it. When they no longer needed candles they would cook the potato and eat it.

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: RE: How to Improvise a Candle on 02/23/2010 14:03:08 MST Print View

That is amazing and multi-use! Does it work with freeze dried potatoes?