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.
Step 1: Supplies
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
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
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.”