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R.R. Book

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A simple way to heat and light an unheated space
« on: August 05, 2018, 11:22:52 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKbFzUEWkA

All you need is a candle, a few bricks, and a terracotta flower pot...

(of course it will need to be watched carefully)


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Re: A simple way to heat and light an unheated space
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 01:31:38 PM »
Excellent!  And if one is careful, could you boil water in a very small saucepan, perched on top of the flowerpot? LOL

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Re: A simple way to heat and light an unheated space
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 03:33:58 PM »
Absolutely - that would give it a third function yet!

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Re: A simple way to heat and light an unheated space
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 06:32:16 AM »
This film demonstrates a quick and easy way to make a 72 day candle - that's right, days, not hours...that's more than two months if burned 8 hours per day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIyX4Mpq590

Narrator explains that the Crisco company historically produced candles, not food.  All the more reason not to ingest shortening?

Materials:
Can of Crisco or generic (largest size will burn 72 days; smaller sizes will burn 48, 36, etc.).  A can of lard would also work.

$1 box of taper candles

Directions:
Cut one or more of the candles down to fit the height of the shortening can.

Burn some of the wax off of the candle tips to expose wicks.

Insert candles into shortening tins.

Smaller tins with lids can be used for making bug-out-bag candles.



Drawback:
The tin can block some of the light as the wicks burn lower.

Possible Solution:
Get a one-gallon glass jar (or save one from one of those expensive gallon-sized candle jars once the candle is used up) and scoop the can of shortening into that, so that flames on wicks will be visible the entire life of the "candle."  Or use smaller jars, such as pint-sized mason jars, and insert shorter tapers.



Another benefit of shortening candles is that shortening is probably not one of the first things the public will run to stock up on en masse in an emergency, especially not the diet-conscious public.  While others are grabbing batteries, milk and bread, you can stroll over to the baking aisle at your leisure.  Or you could stock some cans ahead of time: shortening unopened has a shelf-life of 2 years before rancidifying.

Or you could spend more for palm fruit oil shortening (as opposed to palm kernel oil), which will never peroxidize.

As with the previous post, a large terra cotta flower pot inverted over the candle can function as a fairly safe space heater, so we might also want a stack of those on hand.

It might be nice to mix some essential oils into the shortening, such as oil of cinnamon or cloves.  Food coloring can be added, if desired, but not necessary.



With shortening, you're burning natural plant oils, rather than paraffin with all its toxic byproducts (and if GMO plants were used, what better way to make use of them rather than in the diet):
https://wellnessmama.com/22656/dont-use-scented-candles/

The same article points out that beeswax candles are the healthiest of all for indoor air, but they can also be prohibitively expensive unless you raise bees.



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Re: A simple way to heat and light an unheated space
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 02:12:54 PM »
Excellent.  Last night and day before I've been pondering this "lights at night" issue, especially since our charge controller has gone bust.

Now back to the barest-bones solutions to as many things as possible.  Always in the back of my mind is how a ride through the debris field of an errant cosmic body could presumably destroy solar panels.  They are made to resist hail, but hail does not usually come in the sizes and shapes that could accompany a planetoid's debris field.

Now looking for candle infrastructure!

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Re: A simple way to heat and light an unheated space
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 02:20:02 PM »
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candle infrastructure

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