Frugal Living Oil Lamp
We have talked about Tea Light Candles conveyance of having them as a backup light source. Cheap Small and easy to stash in ever drawer they are at hand all the time. But what if you need more light or just want to find a way to use other things to make Light. Or Gasp you didn’t buy any and now you’re scrounging around trying to find a way to make some form of Illumination.
Let’s take a Page from History. Oil or Fat Lamps have existed you might as well say forever. In their simplest forms they are a container with fat and a wick of some kind to draw the fat to the end of the wick where the flame Burns and produces light.
For the Bacon Lovers out there you can use Bacon Fat and your Lamp Will smell like Cooking Bacon. This might not be a good thing if you are trying to stay out of the food storage. Plus Fat fueled lamps tend to smoke more than oil fueled lamps. And unless it is and emergency and you have no choice don’t use Baby Oil it is Very Smokey. I tried hard to make the Baby Oil work without smoking but I was not able to get it to stop.
Ok Let’s Make a Wick. I use 100% Cotton String. Butchers Twine out of my Cooking Supply’s Dose this job Very Well. Take a length about 4 feet and double it. Now watch the string will twist together by its self.
Twist it the same direction until you start to twist knots into it.
Holding it from tangling double the twisted string and let it twist back on its self.
It will now want to twist the other way. Keep twisting it until it starts to twist Knots into the string again and double it and let it twist itself together again.
You now have a nice size wick. Put this off to the side you will need it soon.
Ok let’s build a Wick Holder. This is the most important part of the lamp a good wick Holder will provide support for the Wick as well as shape the Wick. The shape of the Wick and provide more or less light
First the Round Wick Holder. Find a Good solid piece of wire I used a wire coat Hanger.
Wrap it around a something to create a loop slightly smaller than your Wick you want it to fit tight. I used a #2 Philips Screw Driver.
Use pliers to shape your wire so that it kind of looks like a Cobra ready to strike. Just a little taker than the container you’re going to use to hold your oil.
Fit your Wick and put your Wire Snake in the container and fill with oil.
Trim your Wick just above your Snake Head about 1/8in or so. to long and it will smoke.
Flat Wick Holder Is Much easyer Find a Can and cut a rectangle out of it. I am using a aluminum Beer Bottle it is made with heavyer aluminum and works very well.
Fold your Rectangle like this and Cut a Slot for your wick.
Insert your wick shaping it flat and close the slit to hold the wick flat.
Trim your Side Tabs so that it will fit in the container holding yor oil.
Put in your Container and Fill with oil Light Enjoy.
Now you can use About anything as Fuel in your Lamps. I have tried Olive Oil and it seams to Burn the Best and longest of my tested Fuels. The Cups that hold the Wick Holders are Tea Light Cups. they only hold about 2 table spoons of oil or Fat. I am getting One Hour Of Burn Time from Halve of a Tea Light Cup of Olive Oil Probably a Table Spoon of Oil.
You can also Use Fat Here is a picture of a Bacon Grease Lamp. This also Shows the importance of a Good Wick. Both Pictures are of the Same Lamp. One was made with a strip of aluminum from a Tea Light Cup it was to weak to hold the wick properly. The other is made with the Beer Bottle aluminum it is much stronger and holds the wick well. THe Only Down Side to Using Bacon Fat as a Fuel is it makes you hungry.
The Flat Wick Lamps Seam To put off more light. It is easier and Faster to make. The Round Wick burns the oil faster. it might just seam like it is burning it faster. There is less oil in the Round Wick Cup because of the Large Wick. The Flat Wicks are so much smaller I made Both the Oil and the Fat Flat Wick lamps with just a short section of the Wick. The Round wick lamp has the entire wick untrimmed.
Well there you go friends How to make Oil or Fat Lamps. Experiment Have Fun and Be careful playing with Fire.
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