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.
<p>Use the inner stem and peel of half an orange (carefully peeled off so the stem remains attached inside and stands by itself). Pour bacon fat into the half orange peel leaving a 1/8&quot; of the stem visible. Light it. It may take a little longer the first time, but it makes a fantastic all natural candle.</p>
<p>I think I saw that on facebook.</p><p>That is neat.</p>
<p>Wow. Amazing, well it smelled so good, i ate it. Is that bad for my health?</p>
<p>Can you mix fats. ie. beef, pork, chicken, turkey? I have made a candle with all these fats. The candle always goes out. I have tried several different wicks with no success. I fasten the wick to the bottom. I will try a #10 wick next. It seems fat candles need large wicks </p>
<p>Yes you can mix fats.</p><p>Don't go to large of a wick or the fat will burn out of control.</p><p>What king of wick did you use?</p>
<p>Every fat based candle I've ever made has lost it's wick during burning. Thanks for the wick float idea. I'm going to try that the very next time I make a lard/tallow candle.</p>
<p>You can do the same with vegitable oil.</p>
<p>Thanks. I don't use vegetable oil, but that's good to know. I've got a tub of rancid lard to experiment with, no good for eating but perfect for candles. It occurred to me just now looking at your wick float, that it would be a feasable to cut out the bottom curve of a soda can and punch a hole into it to pull the wick through. it would float when the fat gets hot enough to liquify, and it might actually preserve the wick because it'd sink as the fat is burned away, pushing the wick down with it instead of the exposed wick burning away. Don't know if that would actually happen but it'd be fun to try and observe.</p>
<p>I have some bacon fat left over from the bacon on Kendall's &quot;grocery list&quot; I'm going to try this out.</p><p>Almost seems cruel to put that intoxicating bacon smell in the air without any bacon reward to those who come down to investigate!</p>
<p>Sorry for taking so long to reply as long as the fat is clean it wont smell.</p>
<p> It was an old trick at the barn to use bacon fat to cover wounds on the horses. Does anyone know where this &quot;logic&quot; comes from and if it works? </p><p>I am surprised it doesn't smell like bacon when burning; that's good though or I would be craving bacon all the time...!</p>
<p>I know pork fat was used to preserve venison before we had refrigeration and other animal fats can keep for a long time.</p><p>2,000 year old butter as an example.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_butter" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_butter</a></p><p>So my guess is it would keep the wound clean and moisturized like Bag Balm. </p><p>Joe</p>
Creative way to make a candle. bravo!. However, I would like to know whether does it produce any smell while burning?
I was out for the weekend so I am replying just now. <br> <br>There is no smoke and there is no smell. <br> <br>Joe <br>
Genial, congratulations.
My wife was surprised at how clean it burns it not only is quite a bright candle but you can cook with it also.

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