From my column Square Root of Not at Science 2.0:

Second-hand stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and local mom & pop shops are treasure troves of things to hack or re-purpose. When you hack something you’re probably using it in a way in which it was never intended to be used so, there is always a risk that things might not go the way you planned. But since you can get items from second-hand stores on the cheap, you don’t care too much if you are disappointed with the results. Luckily, this "MacGyverism" was successful. I'll demonstrate how I converted an olive oil bottle into an alcohol lamp.

This build includes, glass, a flammable liquid (rubbing alcohol), boiling water, and fire so, given this lawsuit-happy country in which we live, I’ll borrow a quotation that appears at the beginning of every Mythbusters episode:

Adam Savage: Don’t try this at home.

Jaime Hyneman: EVER!

Adam Savage: We’re what you call "experts.”

Step 1: Bottle With Pour Tube

I found this “Olive You!” olive oil bottle at Goodwill. It reminded me of a Erlenmeyer flask. It's short and squat and stable with a wider base than top.
how did you make the lightbulb flask
You can try this Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-150mL-round-bottom-flask/ <br> <br>It was the first one listed when I searched for &quot;light bulb flask.&quot;

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