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Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
Carmex Candle on 12/23/2010 16:14:21 MST Print View

This may be the most singularly useless item one could pack, or it might come in handy to a few. You decide. Take a jar of Carmex lip balm, add a wick, and presto: the Carmex Candle.

Carmex Candle

On the plus side, it smells really nice, and besides offering a bit of light, might help take the edge off any funky odors in your tent just a bit. Enjoy!


John West
(skyzo) - M

Locale: Borah Gear
candle on 12/23/2010 17:08:38 MST Print View

thats a pretty good idea, I use a tealight candle to read. It weighs very little, and gives off a lot of light. How long does the carmex burn for?

John Roan
(JRoan) - MLife

Locale: Vegas
Re: Carmex Candle on 12/23/2010 17:41:26 MST Print View

Me likes! :~)>

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Carmex Candle" on 12/23/2010 18:56:50 MST Print View

multi-use gear!!

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: "Carmex Candle" on 12/23/2010 22:11:07 MST Print View

"multi-use gear!!"

If you can exercise both uses simultaneously, I'll be impressed. ;P

Better yet, do it on video, one handed. ;)

Henk Smees
(theflyingdutchman) - MLife

Locale: Spanish Mountains
Triple use ??? on 12/24/2010 02:08:55 MST Print View

Very cool. Weight???

Thought about using it for cooking? If one flame isn’t enough, may two??? Depends upon how long the candle would last, but this could turn it into triple use. :)

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Very clever on 12/24/2010 21:06:33 MST Print View

This is an excellent idea. My compliments, Michael.

I had actually wondered in a pedestrian way about things like this before, but never tried it. Fats and waxes have a much greater heat of combustion in air than alcohol. I think Roger Caffin may have authored an article about candle-stoves that appeared on BPL a while ago.

I wonder if you could use a solid vegetable fat like coconut oil for a large candle in a lightweight container. Then it would be quadruple-purpose:

1. skin/lip protectant
2. cooking fuel
3. edible cooking oil
4. light source

Weiyi Wang
(wwyjedi) - M

Locale: mid
kudos! on 12/24/2010 21:24:36 MST Print View

I gotta try this. where can i get some wick?

Edited by wwyjedi on 12/24/2010 21:25:09 MST.

Trevor Gwynn
(gwynn1975) - F

Locale: Spokane Area
wicks on 12/25/2010 07:30:40 MST Print View

You can get wicks at most craft stores like Micheals. I've even seen it at WalMart before.

BTW: Great idea to the OP

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Very clever on 12/25/2010 13:05:32 MST Print View

Full article on candle stoves at

Explorations into Candle Stoves
Mark Hurd and Roger Caffin


James Langford
(Ekdog) - F
Fumes? on 12/26/2010 06:53:09 MST Print View

Great idea! I'm a little concerned, though, because the little Carmex containers, which used to be made of some kind of glass, are now plastic :-(. Would the flame be hot enough to burn or melt the plastic and produce toxic fumes?

Edited by Ekdog on 12/26/2010 06:54:18 MST.