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If you like to go camping or relax outdoors you know that flash lights can be boring and candlelight can be fun (or even romantic *wink*)

I made this simple and easy to do instructable so that you can use it outdoors, while camping, in your house, for power failures, or even just for fun. Enjoy : )
The thing I like about this is that it isn't easily blown out and you can carry it around and even hang it

If you make this or your own version I would like to see your pictures in the comments thanks...
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Step 1: What you need

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*A small baby food glass jar (Gerber)
*A Medium sized Aluminum can (I used an evaporated milk can) that is not open
*A coat hanger
*100% Cotton rag
*Olive Oil
*JB Weld
*Scissors and other cutting tools (dremel...pliers...)

Step 2: Cut the Jar

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Get your unopened can an mark a small window on the side of the can with a sharpie.You can change the size of the window based on how much light you want to shine through.

After it is marked cut  a small hole with a hobby knife and pour out the insides. Then with your knife or even easier a Dremel, cut out the window.

On the flat bottom part of your can drill a hole in the center to allow your wick to pass through. It should be about 1/2 an inch in diameter.

Step 3: Add the handle

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On the top of your can drill 2 hole on either sides  of the can. They should be about 1/8 of an inch big.

Grab your coat hanger and cut about a 9 inch piece of wire from it (or more depending on how you want it) with some cutters.

Bend the wire into a U making sure it is even. Then bend the tips of the wire facing each other (see picture)

Take the U you just made and push it slightly together so when you put it on the can you can snap it in without it falling off.
this is a great idea. but how in the world do you get olive oil to catch fire? I've tried and I can't get it to work... Suggestions???
Im using canola oil and it smokes alot. Do any other oils work better?
That just means the wick is sticking out too much. You either have to pull out less wick, or wait for the excess to burn away.
TALLJ294 years ago
Good idea, by the way i think thats a steal can. The only thin made out of aluminum now is soda cans. just thought i'd let you know
Tux0r TALLJ294 years ago
A)Its steel B) Those cans are actually made out a tin and steel mixture if I remember right.
Earths_hope4 years ago
l8nite4 years ago
Unique idea with epoxying the jar and can together. I usually just place the jar inside the can. Punching or drilling holes in a design around the can is another way to allow light out and can cast some neat effects on the surroundings
I'm not so sure about putting the jar inside the can. The heat build up might cause the oil and air inside to expand and put pressure on the lid resulting in a hotter, higher flame. You would use up the oil more quickly and I think it would be less safe. Besides, the constant heating and cooling of the vegetable oil may make it goopy, rendering the jar, the wick and the lid unusable. Again, not sure, but that's what I think would happen.
blodefood4 years ago
This kind of lamp could burn for a long time. Great choice of materials!

The only thing I would suggest is a more squat jar. Because vegetable oil, particularly olive oil is heavy, once the oil level goes below a certain point on the wick, it is hard to light because the oil can't get up the wick fast enough.
bruc33ef4 years ago
Excellent. Can't see any reason why this wouldn't work. It recycles common throw-away items into a useful appliance that should last years.
norbizzle12 (author)  bruc33ef4 years ago
Yeah and you could probably use recycled cooking oil but i haven't tried it
Sure, the used cooking oil is a good fuel. I use it to fire the BBQ coal.
You might try peanut oil. It burns a little more cleanly than olive oil.