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.