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Veggie veggy oil lamps prt 3

Well since people spell veggie/veggy both ways… that is the title.
Editors be like; O my … LOL

What we have here are two floaters,  floating two improvised veggie/veggy, vegetable oil lamps to share, kudlich. Veg oil is safe, ultra safe, easy to use, inexpensive and recyclable. (you can use veg oil from deep fryers if filtered) Soda can, soda pop can, oil lamps for the USA, Americans!

knife or scissors – thats it
material pop can
wick – natural fibre jute string

1st – quick floaters / floating wick holder
made from the bottom of pop cans
cut bottom of the can off
use scissors or knife
turn upside down, poke a whole in it so the opening is now going upwards into the freshly cut area
take your pre soaked in veg oil for 1-1.5 hr wick
insert into the fresh opening
use the lips that are there to grip the wick (do not make the hole too big or it will just fall down into the oil)
add in oil to the container
put the floating wick onto the oil
watch if float, say aw that is nice
light it with some sort of flaming device

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2nd Hurricane / pop can veg oil burner, veg oil lamp, kudlich lit in the front,
cut out a whole in the middle of the can (see pics below)
leave the wings or not it is up to you
put oil in the bottom of the newly cut pop can
take the top from one of the tops that are left over from the floaters
crimp edges (images coming soon)
see pics below
run the wet wick up into the pop tab to hold it in place
light with a flame
voila, veg oil candle substitute!
looks nice, safe, may be hung, easy to refill, lots of options here.
p.s. the Hurricane style lamp is my own creation and have never seen anyone do this before, ya me!

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I will take some time tomorrow to show how the insert is done, very simple and easy to follow along with some pics to guide folks. Stay tuned !

great for Preppers, survivalist, self reliant, self reliance, homesteaders, stuck in snow, ice storms, power outages, camping, hiking, anywhere, christmas decorations, Christmas table, table settings, substitute for tea lights or tea candles

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Doomsday Veggie Lamps

Doomsday Veggie Lamps for when the lights go out!

Ok, this is not the end of the world tonight, though I did think the title fitting, nes pas? So this will be the start of a series of primers on some Veggie Oil Lamps and Heaters. The heaters will be just how to go about doing it, not the full on create a heater, though that might change in a few days as well.

A quick how to primer on making and using assorted Veggie Oil Lamps & 2 Heaters

3 different types of veggie oil lamps

veggie oil lamps

pic of my Mason Jar lamp which I have been using now for over 2 yrs.
Use of Veggie Oil is safe, convenient as well as much cheaper than regular candles or making the candles from scratch. The price of wax has gone up and up, the price of Veggie Oil is yes going up though much slower. I also keep and eye out for deals on Veggie Oil, some are also the 2 gallon tins, which I just missed the sale two weeks ago at No Frills (President’s Choice subsidiary)
Another advantage of using the veggie oil is safety, when and if it tips over the flame is extinguished by itself. This is in sharp contrast to using Lamp Oil or Kerosene Lamp oils (there are some varieties here, all very flammable.)  You can get right creative with this, put string around the tops of the threads, and make Redneck chandelier or mount in wall scones, put inside brown paper bags, sky is the limit and so is your creative juices. I can see you thinking now, hmm let’s get started, shall we.
* pliers
* big nail or screwdriver
* mechanics wire or coat hanger, metal
* can opener
* natural fibre string, or, wicks, or, natural plant fibres, or dense paper towels, or, cotton stocks cut up into strips.. or… you’re imagination!
For the lamp bases;
* herring tin
* mason jar
* canned turkey flakes
* an oyster shell
* small cupcake shell – anything really
* big rock with a hollow!
(purchase them, eat them, clean them, use them)
Lard Lamps:
* get lard in a tub
* stick wicks in it, poke them down into it
* light them up use them!
1st. Mason Jar, been using this one for over 2 years now and it just keeps working away. Filling to the line I have now, will work without filling from 4-5 days using for 3-4 hrs per evening, or 1 overnighter, topping up the oil. My oil of preference is Extra Virgin Olive Oil or any oil really. The Extra Virgin Olive oil is the one that smokes the least and has the least odour as well. Any and all will work, even mixing them together will work quite nicely. Need to see if I can get some of the old grease from a Restaurant to see how that burns, though it will make you hungry when the oil is burning, same as veggie fuel in vehicles. Smells like french fries in the background, yummy but makes you hungry!
 veggie with tail
a, using the metal hangers or mechanics wire
* use your pliers to hold the end, wrap around the screw driver or big nail first
* once you have a few spirals
* make the bending shape to go down
* make a loop for it to sit on, in the bottom of the jar
* now, keep going and make a nice tail to raise out of the oil
* make sure your tail is below the opening of the jar, so you can put the lid back on when not in use
The tail is for lifting it out of the oil to add in another wick material (see list above) as well as to trim the wick if needed
(these pics did not turn out, so will be adding in some in the next instalment and adding them into this place-holder, sorry)
Filling options
you can put some decorative stones or marbles in the bottom of the mason jar, then fill up the jar with oil, or just fill with oil. The advantage is a little bit of looks and less oil. Disadvantages are setting the stand back in with ought some work to do so
Soak the wick for at least 10 mins or so, until saturated, this is very important as you will be impatient now to see how it will work! I suggest the first time, to get the wick soaking in oil perhaps in a small tuna can or in the mason jar while you make the wick stand.
from start to finish, O about 4 mins, that’s it!
Now I added some tin foil shiny side in to mine, you might want to make up a stand using pie plates, shiny metal bowels behind them mounted on the wall as scones, whatever works for you!
If the oil gets frozen, it does not matter, it will take a bit longer to get it going but otherwise it will burn just fine with the oil frozen, or if it has been frozen, so no issues there.

Herring Fish Tin

Buy the fish tin, eat the fish, clean out the tin!
 veglamps 099b
Now while you are opening the tin, make sure you leave the one side attaches about 2-3 cm, this will assist you in making a wee ramp for the wicks.
* use your pliers (tin is sharp) bend the ramp into position on the side where the handle is. I just leave the pull tab on for now, and use it to help keep the ramp in the can
Ok, your done the build!
natural fibre cord
plant material
paper towel
string, anything at all really that is a natural fibre and will burn
see next images
Sting 2 methods:
a. first is the simplest, measure the string to make sure it will go side to side, cut it so it raises just above the edge of the can
you can now use 2 or 4 ends to get more light
Note: you will burn more oil as you light more ends, this oil will last about 3-4 hrs., if you light all 4 ends. This is done for more light!
 veglamps 116b
b. take a small length of string, wrap around your finger, pull the end up into the middle and extend beyond the clump
put into the middle of the ramp
when it is saturated, light the end which will burn all night! Yuppers, this will burn all night unattended and safely. When it is damp and not so cold, I do this as it will provide a small measure of warmth to the air and helps to burn off some of the dampness, making it more comfortable.
wrapped natural fibre jute string to make a wick

wrapped natural fibre jute string to make a wick

AB. do the above operation with any shallow holder such as an oyster shell or metal cup cake shell, put in the same style wicks, light and enjoy!
see pics below
Option; heat option
put a tin can overtop of the flame, make sure you have vent holes along the side of the can top and bottom
this will heat up, take the dampness out of the air and provide some added warmth as well
Herring Can Heater
* do the same as above
* now use 4 string ends, or a wad of dense paper towel or a wad of plant material in the middle
* fill with veggie oil
* * * light it up, when it is going good, put the tin can with the holes over the top
veglamps 132b
This is just an expedient lamp/heater to show you the basics. This should only be used like I do on my fireproof stone pad on a solid surface beside my stove! This would be too dangerous in a tent or anywhere else like this, so this is just to show you, it is not hard. A full on heater would need to be made and I might make one soon that is much safer to use in a tent or anywhere else but a table top with a fireproof base!
+ + Legal warning, do not do this, consult a specialist, not responsible this is what I did, if you burn down or die, not my problems!
use leather gloves or hotdog tongs to remove the can from the top
Note: this should be vented outside as it creates more smoky residue in the air as well as you should have a supply of fresh air for it as well, or you might not wake up!
Oxygen Thief – carbon monoxide warning – use a detector – fresh air – venting system as well
your warned, use at your own risk!! yadda yadda yadda legal speak, use your common sense  be safe


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Bugging Out to Backup Position

So, the roads are jammed, or EMP pulse has disabled cars what do you do?

That is why I have a bicycle and a home-made cart for it. Move faster, carry more, get ahead of the herd. It worked for some miners going up to the Gold Rushes in both the Yukon and Northern BC, so it will work here. My Dog also has a pack for her and I am building a carting pack and cart for her as well.

here is a version of Dog with Cart Setup

Here is whats called a Sulky harness setup, can you see the differences?

Using bikes that way it quicker, even if all you do is load up the bike and push it, make sure it is balanced well and you can put up to 10x the load you can normally carry. WWI and WWII as well as multiple scenarios in the African Continent have seen people do this.

Another thing I am changing is Tents, moving away from the normal new design tents that use Nylon, back to Canvas Tents. Canvas holds the heat better and can be heated quicker as well. In the Sun it also takes longer to warm up, so you will not be soggy by the time you get out of the rack. Cold weather can see the use of liners, even cotton liners will raise the ambient temps by at least 10degs Fahrenheit.

During the last year alone, I have now reached my goal of 3 Canvas Tents, two that will be combined to make a mini home, the third is to be the portable camping tent. Total Cost so far is $50 for all three. One was free, the other two cost $20 and $30 each. Adding in Smoke/Fire rings will cost $40 per ring, plus $40 for the Sewing by a Canvas Shop.

I stopped using Tea lights as well as Kerosene Lamps in the tents. Have switched to making my own Lights and lamps from Veggie Oil and rolled up paper towel (commercial paper towel works better) or the Hemp/Cotton Jute String (so very cheap now).

Safety is an issue, so using the Veggie Oil is great, light it, flame it, then tip it over since it is so fire proof, it puts itself out, none of the other fuels do that.
~WildE or W.R.

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