There are many situations, such as prolonged power outages, where it may be helpful to know how to make a basic oil candle. This Youtube video by Jiujitsu2000 gives direct and informational steps to do just that using vegetable oil.
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If you don’t have vegetable oil, you can sub olive oil, corn oil, or lamp oil. With these supplies found at any home, you can easily create a candle that will give you some substantial burn time. Here’s how to make it.
- Reservoir for the oil candle
- Cotton yarn (just slightly longer than the bottle)
- A one-inch square piece of aluminum foil
- Clean the bottle or container intended for your oil candle.
- Fill the container with your oil, leave a small amount of space at the top.
- Fold your aluminum in half and set it over the top of the bottle to make sure it’s just enough to lightly wrap the top. Cut down the edges of your foil if necessary.
- Puncture a small hole in the center of the foil.
- Thread the yarn into the hole, leaving a small wick’s worth on one end.
- Push the long end of yarn into the bottle of oil and secure the foil at the top. The wick will be visible sticking out on top.
- Once the foil is sealed, turn your bottle over to allow the wick to become saturated with the oil. Wait until you can see that it is wet. Trim if necessary.
- Light the wick. If it burns out quickly, simply pull up a bit more to saturate a piece of wick and re-light.
If these instructions were confusing, or if you want to hear insightful tips and tricks to the process, check out the full video below: