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Have you ever wondered what you would do for light in an emergency situation where you have no electricity or candles, but you do have a plentiful supply of bacon?

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.
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Step 1: Assemble your Materials

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Here's what you'll need:
- 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

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This lamp uses bacon fat for fuel. I guess you will need about a quarter of a cup of fat. 
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

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Cut your stick to about the same length as your tin can is tall.

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.
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willnate1 year ago
if you have no electricity than do you melt the bacon grease?
cammers (author)  willnate1 year ago
With your bacon powered stove of course.
but how do you make that one then
instiger3 years ago
I' ve learned this by reading novels about northern territories where they used seal lard. Always nice to see old techniques revived by technogically enhanced stonetent inhabitants. If you wanna have a cleaner burn sieve and filter the grease and take steel/copper wire to fix the fabric, control flame height by simply pulling the wick out/in with pliers. Before that make sure to burn the zinc coating of your can completely away cause the fumes are to cause harm, especially for kids it could be lethal.
Keep up your good work, like them all,
Re: "...and take steel/copper wire to fix the fabric, control flame height by simply pulling the wick out/in with pliers." Are you saying to use wire in lieu of the stick?
Hi winniekate,

sry for replying sooo late. Not in lieu of the stick but making a twisted holder embracing the wick with a spiral pattern foot ending in a spike which can be stabbed into the sand. Provides the wick with stability until fat is completely burned. Hope this description helps understanding the principle. Keep on trying and let me know if it worked for you,

cammers (author)  instiger3 years ago
Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you have enjoyed my work, I have certainly enjoyed doing it.
And I'm looking forward to doing lots more - I'm just waiting for the Autodesk lawyers to open up contests to international entries again.
arikira3 years ago
This is absolutely disgusting, from a olfactory and moral perspective.
cammers (author)  arikira3 years ago
Thanks for your comment.
If you are disgusted by using animal fat you could perhaps try vegetable oil.
Personally I found the smell to be mild. And since the fat would normally be wasted I consider it morally Ok too.
Sadly there are not too many energy sources available to the majority of us that are morally perfect.
winniekate3 years ago
how long does it burn? Is it faster than a typical wax candle?
and, about adjusting wick length - is that in direct correlation with the amount above the grease? I'm assuming that everything above the liquid would be flaming, correct? If that's the case, would it work as well to adjust the levels of sand / grease, or push the wick deeper into the can? Just want to make sure i'm understanding this. Anyway, looks pretty cool, and i'll try this, since I always save bacon grease, and I save tin cans for shooting BB guns in the backyard. Thanks for the instructable!
bayyagg3 years ago
Do I have to buy bacon just to have a torch?

Why not use any cooking oil and water, oil is lighter than water thus the upper part will be oil and put any cotton cloth an put it on the rubber to float and light it up!
apender bayyagg3 years ago
I know vegetable oil works. thats what oil lamps use in midle east. i've used one too. and bacon just releases so much fat, i colleced it a long time ago and made a candle out of it. and it burns for a long time. what else to do with it?
Most vegetable oils from the US smell awful when burned, which is why I use olive oil. It has almost no smell. (I tried several oils in a lamp like this once.)
cammers (author)  chuckr443 years ago
I only chose bacon fat so I could enter the bacon themed contest. I was surprised how well it worked.
kbreen3 years ago
Would these be a good thing to take camping or would they draw in unwanted critters and bugs into my campsite???
cammers (author)  kbreen3 years ago
I think they would be ok to make on the spot out of any fat you can get.
They might be a fire risk in dry country.
I don't know about bears. Do they like bacon?
A bacon lamp would certainly attract raccoons, bears, opossums, who are scavengers and omnivores. Try olive oil instead.
cammers (author)  chuckr443 years ago
My lamp hasn't yet attracted any of those creatures. But then I guess I'm on the wrong continent for them. I really would get a shock if a bear turned up uninvited.
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KittyF3 years ago
No, NO don't waste yummy food!! burn vasaline. teehee
You don't need to waste anything. You only need to collect up the fat that drains off the bacon as it is cooked.
LOL, I knew what you meant. don't you like to cook your eggs in bacon fat? I do, double yummy

my brother did that once. it gave me the poops.
you didn't have enough eggs in your bacon grease. the eggs can absorb a lot of grease if you let them, but they shouldn't have any on the outside to make them look greasy. mix the grease and eggs well and you won't have any trouble, just good taste.
yeah, he made an entire pack of bacon and there was a half inch of standing grease in the pan. then he made the eggs without removing any grease, and there were like, 12 eggs (it was a family dinner). I'm sure it would have been great if there was less grease, but it was real gross.
AH, sounds like fried eggs rather than scrambled eggs. I agree, fried eggs are not nice with a heavy coating of grease.

When I make scrambled eggs, I find two large eggs, stirred vigorously in the bacon grease can totally absorb the grease from three strips of bacon. but that's scrambled.

the action is that the lecithin in the egg yolks facilitates the blending of fat and liquid (water/egg white/ or other liquid) you can't see or feel the fat at all if it's all mixed well early in the cooking.

Those who are low carbing find this not only adds to the flavor but helps with their diet.
and potatoes too!
Oh yes Brian, take a baked potato. cut into one inch cubes. brown nicely all over in bacon fat and then serve with scrambled eggs. AND BACON. and a nice cuppa coffee. I love coffee with bacon. The nicest thing about being diabetic is a low carb diet. and bacon.
crobson KittyF3 years ago
and that folks.
is propper boss. crisp the bread in it too!
KittyF crobson3 years ago
it's been done, and it's yummy. my grandma (during the depression) used to send dad to school with sandwiches with bacon fat spread on them when they didn't have butter. we use all our bacon fat for food uses. LOL we'd hate to waste it as fuel unless heat was more important than food I guess.
thats great news i love bacon and would rather live in the dark lol
goaly DamionLee3 years ago
We pop our Popcorn in bacon drippings! Add real butter and a ton of salt for a heart attact treat.
origprod3 years ago
I'd love to vote for you, but I don't see your entry in the Bacon Challenge. Do you have a link?
cammers (author)  origprod3 years ago
I think you should be able to vote now. Thanks for support.
Done! Good luck!
cammers (author)  origprod3 years ago
Thanks Ogripod,
I don't think it has been accepted into the competition yet. That takes a couple of days I think.
I'll try to post a link when and if that happens.
cammers (author)  cammers3 years ago
New Just In... This Instructable has been accepted for the competition. Users can vote from May 9 - May 12.
Thanks so much for your support.
The contest is moderated, and it is likely it just hasn't been reviewed by the person over-seeing the contest. You should be able to vote once the contest closes on May 8.
Civicalized3 years ago
You should build a small cooking rack and cook some bacon with it. Double-Bacon Whammy!
yeah, and make the liquid bacon grease from the cooking bacon drip down and refill the lamp! genius! also, this is a great lamp.
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