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 Post subject: Candles
PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:52 am 
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Candles. Every family should have a large supply of candles. Three hundred sixty-five candles, or one per day is not too many. The larger the better. Fifty-hour candles are available in both solid and liquid form. White or light colored candles burn brighter than dark candles. Tallow candles burn brighter, longer, and are fairly smoke free when compared to wax candles. Their lighting ability can be increased by placing an aluminum foil reflector behind them or by placing them in front of a mirror. However, candles are extremely dangerous indoors because of the high fire danger--especially around children. For this reason be sure to store several candle lanterns or broad-based candle holders. Be sure to store a goodly supply of wooden matches
Save your candle ends for emergency use. Votive candles set in empty jars will burn for up to 15 hours. Non-candles (plastic dish and paper wicks) and a bottle of salad oil will provide hundreds of hours of candle light.
Trench candles can be used as fireplace fuel or as a candle for light. To make trench candles:
    1. Place a narrow strip of cloth or twisted string (for a wick) on the edge of a stack of 6-10 newspapers.
    2. Roll the papers very tightly, leaving about 3/4" of wick extending at each end.
    3. Tie the roll firmly with string or wire at 2-4" intervals.
    4. With a small saw, cut about 1" above each tie and pull the cut sections into cone shapes. Pull the center string in each piece toward the top of the cone to serve as a wick.
    5. Melt paraffin in a large saucepan set inside a larger pan of hot water. Soak the pieces of candle in the paraffin for about 2 minutes.
    6. Remove the candles and place on a newspaper to dry.



(Source: http://www.thefarm.org/charities/i4at/surv/heatcook.htm)


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 Post subject: Candle safety
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2006 3:12 am 
Candles have useful functions in an emergency (light, heat to boil water for that morning coffee, sterilize needles for splinter removal) but be sure to use them safely. It is definitely preferable to use a wide base candle that stands well on it's own. Keep it on a level surface when in use and on top of a glass plate, cookie sheet or aluminum foil with a rim created around the sides, to catch drips and cut down on fire hazards if the candle should happen to tip over. NEVER leave an open flame unattended.

Use wooden matches or one of those grill lighters to light the wicks. These are all things that can be found at the dollar store. Even birthday candles could be used in a pinch for (very temporary) lighting. Keep some around for birthdays too! In a stressful situation, the little touches can make a BIG difference in morale. Also look for sales on regular or novelty/seasonal candles in stores after major holidays. Scented candles can be used but you may want to have a bunch of unscented candles so you don't have 5 different scents buring at once. It may be overpowering to the senses - especially if someone is ill.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:19 am 
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Candle Safety Tips

provided courtesy of the National Candle Association

Candles are safe products, buy may become hazardous when used improperly or in an unsafe manner. National fire safety agencies report that the bulk of candle fire incidents in the United States are due to consumer inattention to basic fire safety or to the misuse of candles. The National Candle Association recommends the following safety tips when burning candles:

:!: Always keep a burning candle with sight. Extinguish all candles when leave a room or before going to sleep.

:!: Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

:!: Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets, Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.

:!: Read and carefully follow all manufacturer instructions.

:!: Trim candlewicks to 1/4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.

:!: Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax. Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.

:!: Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, smoking and excessive dripping. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire. Ceiling fans can cause drafts.

:!: Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

:!: Do not burn a candle for longer than the manufacturer recommends.

:!: Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.

:!: Extinguish the flame it it comes too closed to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inched of wa remains (1/2 inch if in a container). This will also help prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.

:!: Never touch or move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquid.

:!: Extinguish pillar candles if the wax pool approaches the outer edge.

:!: Candles should be placed at least three inches apart from one another. This is to be sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.

:!: One of the safest ways to extinguish a candle is to use a candle snuffer, which helps prevent hot wax from spattering. Do not extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to spatter and can cause glass containers to break.

:!: Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are much safer light sources than candles during a power failure.

:!: Never use a candle as light when you go into a closet to look for things.

:!: Never use a candle for light when fueling equipment such as a lantern or kerosene heater.


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 Post subject: Re: Candles
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 4:21 pm 
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Good Source for Long-Burning Candles

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Image Hat Tip to rightwingmom From: A comment on Survival Mom's blog
5 Dollar Preps – You CAN Afford to Prepare
http://thesurvivalmom.com/2010/05/18/5- ... o-prepare/

:arrow: 4 -5 Catholic candles ~ Remove the label. The candle burns approx. 10 hours per inch of wax. (Don't forget the fireplace matches OR lighter wand to reach the wick!)


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 Post subject: Re: Candles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:00 pm 
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:!: Using Catholic Candles-Warning!

Image Original post by Muzhik at American Preppers Network:

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the tall glass candles with images of the saints on them, BE VERY CAREFUL!! There have been reports where the glass used in some of these candles (esp. the ones sold in the Dollar stores, etc.) does not tolerate being lit for long periods of time and will shatter. There's no way to know which ones are made with this glass, so the best you can do is to not use them for more than an hour or so at a time.

If you're looking for good quality candles, try a church supply store. I've purchased from FC Ziegler before and can recommend them. Since pure beeswax candles are so expensive, most churches have switched either to liquid paraffin oil lamps or 51% beeswax candles. Here's a link to altar candles: http://www.zieglers.com/scripts/prodLis ... tegory=121. You can also buy 3-Day and 6-Day Votive candles here: http://www.zieglers.com/scripts/prodLis ... tegory=149. Remember that they last a long time by not giving out a lot of light.


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 Post subject: Re: Candles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:31 pm 
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Home-Made: Emergency 50 Hour Candles

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DIY Survival Candles
http://teotwawkiblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/diy-survival-candles.html

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Candles are an easy-to-use source of emergency lighting and a little bit of heat. I'm shocked to see some of the prices that are charged for long burning candles sold for survival or emergency preparedness - if you want to buy a dozen or so candles, the cost really starts to add up.

Never fear! You can make your own survival candles at home for cheap, using high-quality, long burning soy wax. It's an easy project - the materials are easy to buy and you won't need any specialized tools.

The materials you will need are: --- Continued at LINK, above ---


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 Post subject: Re: Candles
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 3:20 pm 
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Candles-Home Made-Dipping Your Own

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Dipping Candles the Old-Fashioned Way
http://www.askaprepper.com/dipping-candles-the-old-fashioned-way/

Candles were a common source of light in many colonial and pioneering era homes. While oil burning lamps burned cleaner and with less odor, oil was expensive and could be hard to get. Candles, on the other hand were made at home, usually setting aside one day per year, in the autumn, for making the year’s supply of about 400 candles.

Today, candles are mostly molded and made out of paraffin, which comes from petroleum or coal. However, paraffin didn’t become commercially available until the early 1800s. When it did, it revolutionized candle-making for its availability and low cost. --- CONTINUED at LINK, above ---


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