Of course you have! But wonder no more, I have the perfect solution.
In this instructable I will show you how to create your own Bacon Lamp , using materials that should cost nothing and are usually discarded.
Step 1: Assemble your Materials
- Bacon fat; about 1/4 cup.
- A stick, about 3-4mm thick; I used a basil stem. I thought it would smell nice but actually it didn't make any difference. Any non-poisonous stick will do.
- A small tin can. I used an empty baked beans can.
- A strip of cotton fabric. About 1/2" (15mm) wide and 6" (150mm) long.
- Some sand.
- A stove and a pan to melt the fat in.
Step 2: Create your Fuel
To obtain bacon fat...
You can simply collect the fat left in the pan after frying your breakfast bacon until you have enough,
you can do what I did and trim the excess fat off some raw bacon and fry it on the stove until all the fat turns liquid. This is a very simple process, but be careful not to burn the fat or yourself. Everything gets very hot.
Step 3: Assemble your new lamp
Wrap the cotton fabric around the stick like a bandage.
Fill your small tin can with sand until it is about 2/3 full. This supports the wick and reduces the amount of fat you need.
Stick the wrapped stick into the sand. This will be the wick of the lamp.
Pour the bacon fat over the wick and onto the sand. The fat will soak into the sand a bit.
At this point I realized my wick was too long so I trimmed it with some pliers.