Fire "Beacon"





Introduction: Fire "Beacon"

These are two Beacons which make a bright flame and can be used for anything you need that uses a bright flame but I use them as a replacement for lamps while camping. They are light and easy to make and fire is always more comforting than a propane light. They will go for at least
three or four hours and you can also cook on them if you don't mind dirtying up a pot or two.

Step 1: Things That You Will Need and Probabally Already Have

You will need:
1) A can of some sort (if making a cooking one use a tuna can).
2) Wax can be any kind of wax but candle wax is best. Keep in mind that you will use about the same amount of wax as the volume of your beacon so you might need a lot.
3) Cardboard. Can be any kind of card board but I will be using corrugated card board.(again if using it for cooking use card stock)
4) Newspaper. (it gets messy)
5) Something to melt the wax in as melting wax in cookware probably is not good for you and at the very least it will make cleanup easier.
6) an assortment of tools (tape measure, hack saw, pliers)

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Can

Now we need to measure and cut the can, I chose two inches but you can successfully go plus or minus half an inch.
The trade off is between duration (being too short) and being too heavy and not burning all the way ( too tall).
Cutting a can can be frustrating as putting it in a vice bends it and holding it means you might not get a straight cut but I found a way to fix that in the next step.

Step 3: Round the Edges

If you made a bad cut in step two you now have a chance to redeem yourself.
I found a way to round the edges and correct any cutting errors you may have made in one easy step.
Use pliers to bend the edges in and then crimp them down solidly. Bend the edges more where you cut too high and vice-versa where you cut too low. This will also move any sharp edges away from you and leave a nice rounded feel.

Step 4: The Cardboard

next measure cardboard to the height of your beacon and coil it inside your can.
I did it in several strips and I let the strips uncoil on their own so that there are many spaces for the wax. I built these before and I packed in as much cardboard as possible and they slowly went out because of ash build up from the excessive cardboard. the cardboard will act as a giant wick for the beacon and will let it get hot enough to melt the wax.

Step 5: Melting the Wax

Now it's time to melt the wax. Spread out the newspaper because melted wax is nasty stuff and does not clean off anything easily. You can melt the wax any way you like but I suggest to use a double boiler in which you put your jar in a pot with a bit of water in it and boil the water. This stops the wax from boiling and possibly catching fire. As the wax melts put more in so you can do the melting process fewer times as it takes a while to melt all the wax. Use the stick to stir the wax and push unmelted pieces to the bottom to get melted.

Step 6: Pouring the Wax

Pour carefully and let it overflow slightly to ensure the can is saturated.
I put candle wicks into my beacons because there was a long wick in the candle I melted down and it will be easier to start.

Step 7: Last Step

You are almost done!
Now to finish up you can pack some extra wax which over flowed into the beacons.
Now you are done and can go out and enjoy your very own Beacon.



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    Use parafin. It works best. And wind as tight as you can. It will go through the holes in the cardboard anyway.


    If you freeze wax, it becomes extremely brittle & will easily come off of anything it can not soak into. IE: clothing it will soak into & you will never ever get it all out. but porcelain, glass, etc., it will come off easily(usually anyway) after it's been in the freezer.

    ok, a double boiler is used for safety when melting wax as you well know(or should anyway)....

    what about doing this outside(so you do not burn down the house), and have the can sitting atop a candle warmer, which will keep the wax in its liquid state as you continue to fill the can?

    My reasoning behind this is to saturate the cardboard INSIDE the can....

    Or is my idea just plain wacky?

    I have yet to figure out how it can be done, but I was thinking about soaking the cardboard in the wax till it's saturated, then rolling it up & placing it in the can....

    But like i said, I don't have all the details worked out yet... :0(

    I'll have to work on that... ;0)

    I made something similar just with a kiwi shoe polish tin. Works well becuase you have a lid/snuffer.


    If tou light it, let it catch, then put on the lid, it would stay warm for a while, kind of like some kinds of hand warmers. ???Maybe???

    not a bad idea for the short term....

    melted wax = not very nice

    good idea but i think it would be tricky making a heat resistant water tight lid

    another idea: put some cotton swabs in the tin instead, and put some kind of cooking oil in ex.olive oil,corn oil,etc... and then light it. then it is easier and quicker to refill and you dont dont have to melt wax and all that. but then it would not be as portable because there would be liquid inside it.


    And, it would burn up a lot slower producing a lot less brighter flame, making it hard to see if you wanted to read at night.


    if you can get a tuna sized can with a air tight lid, it would make it more portable.....