An Emergency Candle That Noah Would Be Proud Of

by Monday, November 12, 2012

We have roughly 12 hours of natural light from the sun and the rest of the time we simply flip a switch and out pours a flood of artificial light. But what happens when the switch doesn’t work anymore?

Since the advent of electric lights, candles have become more of a decorative item than a tool. But anyone that has ever been caught in a blackout knows the real value of a candle.

You can purchase many “survival candles” that last 12-120 hours, but did you know that you can create a candle that will last for up to 45 days using something that you probably already have in your kitchen?

All you need is:

a 48oz tub of Crisco or smaller. The large tub will get you the 45 life span and anything smaller will burn significantly less
a spoon
an old candlestick or something else that can be used as a wick

There are a few options when it comes to creating a Noah candle.  One of the first things you need to decide is if you want a candle that will burn brighter or one that will last longer.

For a longer lasting candle you will use only one wick and for a brighter candle you will use anywhere from 2-4 wicks depending on the size of the container.

Regardless of how many wicks you decide to use or the size of the Crisco tub that you choose, the directions are the same.

Take your spoon and remove a small portion of the Crisco directly in the center (for a single wick candle) if you are using an old candlestick. Then simply press the candlestick down into the shortening until it touches the bottom.  Use the shortening that was removed previously to fill in any divots.

Smooth the top of the Crisco down until it is completely flat, then trim the excess candle and wick until you only have about 1/4” of wick sticking out above the top of the shortening.

Light and enjoy.

If you are using a standalone wick, you may need to dig down to the bottom of the can in order to get the base of the wick to lie flat against the bottom of the tub.  Then simply melt the shortening and use it to fill in the hole that was left.

As a caution: the container of the Crisco is made of a paper material and as such may catch on fire if you place the wick too close to the outer edge of the tub.

Want to know more? Check out these related articles from our site:

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lux17
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lux17
3 years 8 months ago
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Impressive. But I prefer to eat the Crisco.

I prefer a long run time flashlight. This modified five dollar flashlight will get you over 360 hours of run time:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Flashlight-Mod-Increases-Run-Time-36X/?allstep

Or go micro-solar for 24/7 lighting or a fan:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-For-Dead-Car-Batteries-And-Sealed-Lead-Acid-B/?allstep

Frank Kempster
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3 years 8 months ago
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Hey Luxy great info , thank you very much. I don’t have a ton of money and I am disabled so I cannot work. I have been talking to my family and close friends regarding prepping. It is not a matter if problems are going to happen but when it is going to happen. Very tough convincing them. Thank you again, Frank & my family too.

Paul
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Paul
2 years 4 months ago
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Great use of fat, I’m working on a simple thermopile ( copper/iron wire) and was looking for along lasting candle to supply the heat. I will probably try ghee/ clarified butter as I can buy it in cans and I like cooking with it.

lux17
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lux17
3 years 8 months ago
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This reminds me of some experiments I did with candles. I was able to heat up a can of ravioli with a single candle flame. Also I pre-heated water with a candle flame before boiling with a propane stove. I was able to reduce my propane use by about 40 percent. The next set of experiments will be with 3 flames and hopefully no propane. I just have not gotten to it yet. I suppose you could use bacon grease as well.

john
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john
3 years 8 months ago
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Maybe you do this all ready. I found years ago when cooking my rice to go with my c-rat meat that the water will boil alot faster if you pour small amounts of water into the container rather than tryng to heat a whole container at one time. Just a thought, may help some one.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth
3 years 8 months ago
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who would have ever thought about that, thank you it is a great tip

Janet
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3 years 8 months ago
0 You have enLIGHTened me ! Thank you. I have seen at a Prep Rally candle instructions where wood bark/ mulch was washed in hot wax then packed into a tin can surrounding a wick placed in the center of the bottom of the tin can extended to the top for continuous light. The container was sealed with hot wax poured over the top. This Crisco candle sounds easier, less messy and last just as long. Where I live in FL if it rains there is a power failure, not long, but long enough to make you appreciate life after… Read more »
Carol Crow
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Carol Crow
3 years 8 months ago
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What a wonderful idea! Really novel concept! Thanks so much…

Butch
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Butch
3 years 8 months ago
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What a novel idea! Making a candle out of something you cook and eat.

LilJo
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LilJo
3 years 8 months ago
0 Interesting idea, but I have some concerns about the safety and it seems to me that as soon as this Crisco candle burns down below the level of the rim it will only produce light straight up since the container is opaque. Another concern. As the Crisco becomes molten from the heat of the burning wick, a candle, which would melt slower than the shortening, would be at risk of falling over against the side. If it does, would risk igniting the paper container. When I was a kid, Crisco came in metal cans. We filtered and poured the… Read more »
AixSponsa
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AixSponsa
3 years 8 months ago
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If you are worried about the paper can, drop by the local paint store and buy new 1 quart or 1 gallon metal paint cans. Also your local deli or restaurant might have food grade plastic buckets they have emptied.

Craig
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Craig
3 years 8 months ago
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Refill your used candle containers with crisco and put a wick in it.

Nancy
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Nancy
3 years 8 months ago
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Thanks! Great idea!

Ron
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Ron
3 years 8 months ago
0 Reading about the candle reminded me of something that I experienced forty two years ago. Stainless steel waterless cookware had just hit the market and I was a proud salesman of this beautiful cookware. My wife and I would put on a cooking party in a hosts home for the guest they would invite, and I did all of the cooking. The key point was to demonstrate how little heat it took to cook an entire meal just by stacking smaller pans above the ones on the bottom while using one burner. On one occasion, we had a party… Read more »
Doug
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Doug
3 years 8 months ago
0 What you can do with instead of the container that “Crisco” came in is to purchase a clean empty gallon paint can and use this instead of the original Crisco container for your candle. I would leave the Crisco in the container that it came in and transfer it to the paint can when you will almost need it. Also purchase more than one clean paint can. You should be able to purchase them at a quality paint store only because they mix paint to the color that you want and transfer them to clean cans. If not go… Read more »
Tracy
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Tracy
3 years 8 months ago
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Good idea, but one of those used #10 cans should work, too, and since I already have a bunch of those, I do not have to go buy a paint can.

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