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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Wondering what ya'll opinions and preps are on re: candles. They're simple, never go bad, are a bit safer indoors if used in a lantern. Can produce a decent amount of heat if used in the right size: supposedly, a 3.5in candle can produce ~1800BTU, more than a medium sized kerosene lantern...
  2. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I doubt there is a prepper out there who does not have candles in their stockroom. They are simple, effective, and last forever. Candles will certainly have great barter potential as well. I have long ago decided I will never pay retail on another candle. There are just to many ways to attain...
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Does anyone have a solid online source for inexpensive bulk candles? Say in the neighborhood of 0.25 to 0.30 per? Basic white candles. I did take a look at the E-Bay offerings, but there were so many listings, most of them junk or inappropriate for SHTF, (i.e. I'm not interested in something...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have always liked tea light candles for some reason. Anyway, I found some on sale yesterday for 1/2 price so I bought six boxes. That gives me 600 tea light candles. They are obviously good for light if the power goes out. I prefer to use the lantern style holder like the one in the video. The...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I am fond of the extra large tea candles (bottom of the picture) but when they didn't have them recently I found the candles in a can. They seem like a good fit for the car/van emergency kit. They also have an 8 pack of towelettes that you expand by adding water. The seem a bit larger than the...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    You Can’t Have Too Many Candles I have always liked candles. In a dark room, a single candle will provide enough light to safely move around without showing much from the outside. Lately I have been buying candles at garage sales and thrift stores for 25 cents, 50 cents, or a dollar for the...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I've been reading the different threads about candles - pillars, tea lights, votive, beeswax, etc. I do tend to agree that the taper style throw the most light for power outages. The fatter candle tend to hollow out and throw a glow than direct light. I'm wondering if anyone has had any...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    If you are ever at wal mart take a look at the candle section there you will find the religious candles. I know a lot of you don't want those but the pictures come off also they sale the candles with no picture on them and they cost around $1.25 to $1.75. I have keep a record of when I lite...
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    A week or two ago I posted requests for ideas for uses with old baby food jars. Thanksgiving weekend my daughter and I made candles with the baby food jars. We put the wax into a mason jar and boiled the water in the pot until the wax melted. We purchased three pounds of wax from Hobby...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    which is the better choice? A - Basic survival candle B - Newer multi wicked candles C - Liquid candles D- Stick candles looking for candle ideas not "buy a flashlight!" or "install solar panels that cost 14K bucks, i did!" or "remember opsec! dont use any that will give...
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was thinking about making some of my own candles. I have never done this except when i was a kid @ camp at age 10,,, any how.. how much makes what? how many quart sized jars will a pound of wax make? what is a good burn rate? what is the best wick? thanks.
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Ok I came up with this idea last night. I was looking at my wifes old candles that were burned out with no more wick and i got cheap. I decided to melt the candles back down and reuse the wax. The only problem is I am cheap and didn't want to buy wicks. Ok enter phase 2 of my thought...
  13. British Isles and ROI
    I'm sure many know how to do this but for them that don't here are two SHTF candle's I just made, the small one has been burning a good hour now and the large one around 40 mins. You will need jar or tin, I used cotton wool wrapped around barb q sticks, cocktail stick would work, I used...
  14. Urban Survival
    What candles are best to have for maximum light . Or how can a person make homemade candles for maximum brightness for indoor light in disasters. what makes a candle brighter than another anyway? is the wick thicker or longer ?
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