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Old 11-13-2010, 10:21 AM
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Was wondering what you guys carry for a candle if any in your back pack? Are all candles about the same on burn time to size ratio? Is some brands of candles better than others? I picked up a couple of the white emergency candles that I believe have a 12hr burn time. Anything better than this as far as candles go for the size?

thanks for any info in advance.
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yeah those jesus candles that you can buy for a buck last like a week of continuous burning and if your not into jesus he peels off very easy. I also use these as a method of heating my rv, i use from 2 to 6 of them depending how cold it is outside in a wood burning stove in my rv, the stove metal heats up from the candles and the co2 is directed outside in the stove pipe.
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Dollar Tree sells emergency candles, although they recently went from an 8 pack to a 6 pack and got shorter :-p
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I have these for the house C i have 20 of em stashed in garage..

I use these for my GHB...REI Candle Lantern Candles i carry 3, 9hr each...

Along with my sierra cup, instant coffee and soup mix, i can use em to cook.....
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Beeswax candles are a harder wax. They burn longer and the smoke is not toxic. In fact it is actually healthy for humans and helps with allergies - go figure.

But when it comes down to it, the best candle is one that you have!

I got some candles stubs from the church. Great find as they are at least 20% beeswax and although too short for church use, they are still around 2-3" long and 1" in diameter, which, I think, is a perfect size for the BOB.
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Was wondering what you guys carry for a candle if any in your back pack? thanks for any info in advance.
Jesus candles (those candles in a lidless jar with a picture of a religious figure painted on the glass) you can buy in most grocery stores are great for indoor (building, tent or cave) lighting and (to a lesser extent) heating but the glass jar is more weight then I like to carry when backpacking.

Short of a store bought lantern/cooking contraption I like the candle in a can concept. You take a can taller than the candle and using an old style churchkey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchkey pry/punch two or three triangle shaped holes in the bottom to let air in then place the candle inside. The sides of the can help keep breezes from blowing out the candle and the holes at the bottom of the can let air in to keep the candle burning.

In a pinch you can place the candle can between your knees as you sit in the cold, wind, rain, sleet, snow or hail under a poncho. The poncho protects the candle from wind and moisture while the burning candle in a can heats the space under the poncho.

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In case you're worried about candles melting from heat, get some Liquid Candles.
Come in different size bottles. Got a small one years back for jack o lanterns.
Only bad thing is; lids are tough to pry off, but they don't leak either.

Heard different versions of poncho trick: Sterno can, tea lights and birthday candles.
I've also got some 60 hour Sterno candles, but have never used one yet.
The prayer candles are too dim for me. Okay for night light or bathroom use.

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My Dad was a wax chemist and worked for several wax companies over the years. One of the things he came up with is a "candle in a can". Just a can full of candlewax with a wick. It had a pull-tab lid and was sealed with a pack of matches inside. I don't think it ever took off, but I have a bunch of them around the house. Taking off from that, I guess it might be a good idea to store the short emergency candle in a can with a resealable plastic lid (like a dogfood can) and a pack of matches inside. It would keep the wicks dry and you'd have matches right where you need them.

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A box of inexpensive votive candles.
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i like the idea of the jesus candle and bigger candles for at home use. what is the best bang for the buck when wanting one for a back pack? more of a BOB or 24hr pack. what I'm really looking for is the longest burn rate compared to size. not so much the price interested in the 60 hr Sterno candles but no nothing of them
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Yard sales
I buy as many as they will sell cheap.
I also will melt junk ones and reuse the wax in a new one.
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After halloween I go to the stores and buy all the disposable oil candles used for jack-o-lanterns for 25-50 cents. They are like the 100-hour lamp above, but smaller.
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think im going to buy some of the oil burner candles and one of the mini candle laterns. are the laterns worth a crap or just waste of money and space?
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I do not keep candles in my pack, but my wife and I make homemade candles from time to time.

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I don't know how long they will last,but I picked up 90 12 in" decorative taper candles at a local store that was going out of business. The price...$3.60 total. Anyone have any experience with these?
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My Dad was a wax chemist and worked for several wax companies over the years. One of the things he came up with is a "candle in a can". Just a can full of candlewax with a wick. It had a pull-tab lid and was sealed with a pack of matches inside. I don't think it ever took off, but I have a bunch of them around the house. Taking off from that, I guess it might be a good idea to store the short emergency candle in a can with a resealable plastic lid (like a dogfood can) and a pack of matches inside. It would keep the wicks dry and you'd have matches right where you need them.

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It actually did take off. It's called NuWick. It comes in a 44 hour and 120 hour version and is quite well thought out. In fact, if I had to pick a candle for the BOB, the NuWick is what I'd pick.
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Why not just make your own and store them? Much cheaper and you can make them as you like them.
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Why not just make your own and store them? Much cheaper and you can make them as you like them.
thanks for the suggestion. think im going to have to try it now after watching kevs video
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i went for tealights as my emergency candles 500 4 hour candles cost me 19.09 ($30.73). i like that they have there own foil holders and being short with a wide base relitively stable
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i went for tealights as my emergency candles 500 4 hour candles cost me 19.09 ($30.73). i like that they have there own foil holders and being short with a wide base relitively stable
Tealights are usually cheaper to buy wholesale than make yourself... mostly because of the cost of wicking. Would welcome suggestions if someone has found a way to make them cheaper from home than buy. The wax tends to be inferior and doesn't always burn completely.

I am a candlewhore. and burn them all winter long. I have learned that by covering windows and doorways, if you burn a dozen or so votive candles...it can keep a small room nice and cozy. I have weathered a storm or two that way. It isn't always ideal and you do have to be concerned about creosote so keep the wicks trimmed. Cozy pillar candles. I would say my votives last at least 10 hours, maybe even closer to 12. I suppose I should time them and see. Just keep the wicks trimmed.
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