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My Homemade Shortening Candle Experiment

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    My Homemade Shortening Candle Experiment

    I have dozens of 80 hour survival candles, flashlights, and other lighting options in my stores, but I have been wanting to try this homemade vegetable shortening candle for a while. I lit it at 8AM CST this morning. I will keep you posted on my thoughts.


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    I thought all you had to do to shorten a candle was light it. Or cut it in half...

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    Your right Stick, but this time I just turned the candle sideways in the pic..... same effect.
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    I have made those before, they work well.
    The first one I tried I scooped it into a jar, messy, next I melted it and poured it in.
    Used a washer on wick bottom and a rod across the top to hold the wick in place
    Today, when the veggi oils I have expire, I mark them for lamp light only.
    They are no longer stored with the edibles but with the fuels.
    There are olive oil lamp wick kits on Amazon, all you need is a clear jar such as a Ball canning jar.
    The oils work well and are not wasted.
    I think I have about 15 gallons held for that purpose, if it ever gets that bad out there.
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    Now guys if you get bored try olive oil next.
    Shortening gives off way too much soot IMHO.

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    Or, you can use used fryer vat oil and have French fry smelling light.
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    probably much cheaper than candle wax when you have to pay full price for both

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Watchman View Post
    I have dozens of 80 hour survival candles, flashlights, and other lighting options in my stores, but I have been wanting to try this homemade vegetable shortening candle for a while. I lit it at 8AM CST this morning. I will keep you posted on my thoughts.


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    Nice experiment at least if someone actually need this someday at least they will know what
    to expect. -- And you used stuff that you might have or able to find after TSHTF Nice

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    How is the experiment going? Is it giving you a craving for pastry?

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    Light smell, not really detectable unless you put your nose in the jar. A very bright light....maybe the thick string wick I used. No sign of slowing down anytime soon.
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