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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. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    We want to make an emergency kit to give as a Christmas gift for some close family and friends. We already know we'll put shelf stable food in it and a water filter. We're thinking enough food for the family to survive for a week. (we have our own freeze dryer so we'll make the meals and seal in...
  3. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I ran a search but could not find anything about this. My wife has dozens of scented candles accumulating around the house. Many of them are burnt so low they no longer have wicks or they are hard to reach into and light. I thought about melting them down and pouring the wax over dryer lint...
  4. 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...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    What are you doing to prepare in the category of lighting ? Personally I take 5 dollars a week to focus on lighting for all my locations! This week I did candles , the dollar tree has 100 hour candles , it very hard to find them or know when they are in stock but when I see them I get them...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I've been looking to up my supply of candles in the house, and i'm not finding what i want. Bees wax ones are just too expensive for me it seems... but are they THAT much better? Do they last their price longer? I'm looking for BIG things for the house, not to carry/BOB. Is it better to...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    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...
  15. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I had this posted in the thread on "Where to get stuff FREE or ALMOST FREE", but thought it good to be here in this section too: Beeswax: a very useful commodity to have, but can be very expensive. Lesser grades of wax can be purchased directly from bee keepers. If you are willing to work for...
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm stocking up for lighting needs and was wondering which should I stock more heavily? I have been stocking both but I need more. Thanks! :thumb:
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Ive been thinking, what's a good alternative for lamp oil and candles once you run out? you can only store so much eventually you will run out, but what then?
  18. 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...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Like many here I have oil lamps, candles but I have recently changed my focus in this area to those solar powered lawn landscaping lights. I bought a dozen of those cheap $5 ones at homedepot. I am trying to find a way of making them slighty brighter, I switched out their cheap Chinese...
  20. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was wondering, what are some of the longest burning candles, and how can I make them (what kind of wax, are there additives)?
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