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Pretty much everything that lives produces fat, fat is fuel for the body and your lamp or stove, rendered animal fat has been used as a fuel since before recorded time. If you have ever seen a grease fire in a kitchen you have seen the destructive potential stored in fat, but it’s not all bad news.

Rendered fat remains edible for a long time it was used to preserve meat before refrigeration and although I wouldn’t eat it, an oak barrel full of butter, estimated to be roughly 3,000 years, old was found in a peat bog in County Kildare in Ireland.

In places like the Artic it is still used as food and fuel today the ultimate survival tool.
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Step 1: Supplies

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For a fat candle you want fat or oil, pork fat, beef fat, lamb, or any lard will do, fish oil, fowl fat, and vegetable oil will fuel a fat candle, so for this fat candle I am using bacon fat.

For a wick I am using a 100% cotton shoe lace but any cotton or hemp string or cloth will do, and to hold the wick in place I am using a pencil however anything like a stick will work.

For the container I am using an aluminum pop can but any heat tolerant container will suffice.

Step 2: Making the Candle

Tie the cotton string to the pencil.

Cut the top off the pop can and suspend the string in the center of the can.

Then render the fat you can do this by cooking the bacon in water and then separating the fat after the water cools or since my boys like there bacon crisp I cook the bacon until almost all the fat is rendered and then pour it into the can and let it cool.

When the fat is cool and congeals remove the pencil and trim the can to about ¼ of an inch above the top of the fat.

Step 3: The Finished Candle

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Although the candle will burn like this as you can see the fat melts and the wick can fall over putting the flame out. To prevent this you need to make a boat to float the wick this can be made of almost anything that floats but heat tolerant material is best for my boat I used aluminum foil.

If you want to use corn oil or the like you will need a wick boat to float your wick and for those of you that have ever wondered where the term came from, “Whatever floats your wick.”
bmkowen8 months ago

I have some bacon fat left over from the bacon on Kendall's "grocery list" I'm going to try this out.

Almost seems cruel to put that intoxicating bacon smell in the air without any bacon reward to those who come down to investigate!

Josehf Murchison (author)  bmkowen7 months ago

Sorry for taking so long to reply as long as the fat is clean it wont smell.

It was an old trick at the barn to use bacon fat to cover wounds on the horses. Does anyone know where this "logic" comes from and if it works?

I am surprised it doesn't smell like bacon when burning; that's good though or I would be craving bacon all the time...!

I know pork fat was used to preserve venison before we had refrigeration and other animal fats can keep for a long time.

2,000 year old butter as an example.


So my guess is it would keep the wound clean and moisturized like Bag Balm.


Creative way to make a candle. bravo!. However, I would like to know whether does it produce any smell while burning?
Josehf Murchison (author)  candlemaker1 year ago
I was out for the weekend so I am replying just now.

There is no smoke and there is no smell.

rimar20001 year ago
Genial, congratulations.
Josehf Murchison (author)  rimar20001 year ago
My wife was surprised at how clean it burns it not only is quite a bright candle but you can cook with it also.