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Making a Survival candle that is really useful

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Candles are the best emergency lighting and heating because they are simple you need fire and a candle. but a single candle is not going to help much. Instead of using precious fuel to keep warm I decided to have a couple of alternative methods I have heat packs a propane torch it has a piezo striker and a couple of 1 pound propane bottles and a cookie tin candle.

Since it is near to the holidays I remember making bees wax candles in a cookie tin, one reason is they are wide and shallow you can put in a lot of wicks but you only need to light enough to satisfy your need at the moment I have kept them under my vehicle seat with a BIC lighter taped to the top.

I liked bees wax because it had little but a good scent it melted at a reasonable rate, better than soy or paraffin and we had plenty as we kept 10 hives or so all the time. Compared to paraffin wax it smells better burns a bit cleaner. I don't like scented candles to heat or cook over as they transfer flavor to what your cooking. as far as what I have researched petroleum or paraffin candles are not toxic and have a limited threat to humans if burned in a reasonable space I just prefer bees wax to make mine with and make them in a roughly 6 inch cookie tin and leave about a half inch of space between the wax and lid my wicks I keep about 1 and 1/2 inches apart slightly tighter in the center as I heat my cup there. you have to be very careful of fire but if your stuck in a vehicle in the cold just level it up not too close to the back of the seat light it and it won't take long to kill the chill.

bees wax has dozens of uses look them up I used it on decking screws makes them sink in fast and easy into old wood good for waterproofing leather / gloves

uses for bees wax

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just a question what is the trade off between having a flashlight that lasts 6 months or 1 year and a few candles that may only last 2-3 weeks? from the light aspect of it all...

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Wally, as far as illuminuation goes, give me a good flashlight or solar powered lantern like a Hybridlight PUC ANYDAY over candles. 

However, if you're relying on the light as a small source of heat,  you'll do far better with the candle. You could probably heat the inside of a pickup truck cab with a big multi-wick candle enough to keep you from freezing to death . Just gotta crack a window for carbon monoxide evacuation.

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