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Old 08-24-2011, 08:55 PM
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I found an article a while back about making a vegitable shortening candle. the article says the candle will last up to 45 day burning straight.

My wife went to Wal-Mart and bought a tub a vegitable shortening. I took some twine and pushed it down to the bottem of the tub. I left about a half inch of twine at the top and rubbed shortening on it. I then lit it and it worked beautifully.

I have not burned it for 45 days straight yet, but I dont doubt it since it used so little fuel the times I did burn it.

It is a great long lasting candle at a cost of just over $3.00. Have fun making and testing out your own vegitable shortening candle.

Mike

Update: I forgot to add that if you put three wicks in a tub of shortening you can use it to cook on. Just use a light aluminum frying pan. Pancakes and eggs are easy to cook foods using this method.

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What size of twine are you using?
Thanks, in advance.
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What size of twine are you using?
Thanks, in advance.
The twine I use is about the same size as a candle wick. I bought the twine at Lowes for a few dollars.

You can also buy bulk candle wicks here.

http://www.candlewic.com/store/Produ...s-Wick-Spools-

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No issues with the paper sides of the can?

Im assuming here you purchased a Crisco can ...yes?
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No issues with the paper sides of the can?

Im assuming here you purchased a Crisco can ...yes?
My wife purchased the wal-mart brand. It is much cheaper than the crisco brand. The tub of shortening is wide enough so that the burning wick wont touch sides of the can. The bottom of the can is tin.
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You can also make smaller candles by scooping out shortening and put it in used vegitable/soup cans.
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Once the wick/flame gets below the top of the can, will it produce much light?
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You can also make smaller candles by scooping out shortening and put it in used vegitable/soup cans.
many thanks I will try this one .
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Once the wick/flame gets below the top of the can, will it produce much light?
Great point. You will still have plenty of light though it will less as the wick gets lower in the tub of shortening.
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I found an article a while back about making a vegitable shortening candle. the article says the candle will last up to 45 day burning straight.

My wife went to Wal-Mart and bought a tub a vegitable shortening. I took some twine and pushed it down to the bottem of the tub. I left about a half inch of twine at the top and rubbed shortening on it. I then lit it and it worked beautifully.

I have not burned it for 45 days straight yet, but I dont doubt it since it used so little fuel the times I did burn it.

It is a great long lasting candle at a cost of just over $3.00. Have fun making and testing out your own vegitable shortening candle.

Mike
you can use old cooking grease solidified in the cooler can even use petroleum jelly
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Great point. You will still have plenty of light though it will less as the wick gets lower in the tub of shortening.
Mason jar??
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many thanks I will try this one .
Let me know how it goes. Shortening candles are awesome.
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Mason jar??
Mason jars will work great too!
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Hpw do you secure the wick to the bottom of the can or jar?
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Hpw do you secure the wick to the bottom of the can or jar?
I just pushed the wick to the bottom with a chop stick.

by the way I updated the original post. I forgot to add that the tub of shortening can be used as a cook top. Just put in three or four wicks instead of one and use a light weight aluminum frying pan. ( the kind you would use for camping). It is great for cooking eggs and pancakes.
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Mason jars will work great too!
Any size glass jar will work. You can cut bottom off of a #10 size can tin can, cut a square hole in the base/side to insert the glass jar with lit candle and use the top of the can as a cooking surface after the candle heats it up.

You can cook eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits and fry just about anything using this method.
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I found an article a while back about making a vegitable shortening candle. the article says the candle will last up to 45 day burning straight.

My wife went to Wal-Mart and bought a tub a vegitable shortening. I took some twine and pushed it down to the bottem of the tub. I left about a half inch of twine at the top and rubbed shortening on it. I then lit it and it worked beautifully.

I have not burned it for 45 days straight yet, but I dont doubt it since it used so little fuel the times I did burn it.

It is a great long lasting candle at a cost of just over $3.00. Have fun making and testing out your own vegitable shortening candle.

Mike

Update: I forgot to add that if you put three wicks in a tub of shortening you can use it to cook on. Just use a light aluminum frying pan. Pancakes and eggs are easy to cook foods using this method.
Found the idea on this site too. Thanks for the post.... great idea!
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I'll give it a try too.

does is give off any smoke or odors?
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What about a bacon grease candle


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