Don't believe me?
Well, here's a quick example: Last January, my area got several feet of snow, and I was lucky enough to NOT be one of the hundreds of motorists stranded on Lake Shore Drive (in Chicago) for more than six hours. Hypothermia was a real threat for those people, and if the rescue workers hadn't gotten to them in time, they would have all perished, and some of them did.
Now, I am going to show you how to make a quick and easy MacGyver-like contraption that will keep you warm long enough to preserve your life, if you are to ever find yourself in a survival situation with minimal supplies.
Step 1: Materials
1) To my knowledge, any type of lip balm will work, whether it is based from petroleum, beeswax, or shea butter. I don't know about you, but I carry chapstick with me when it's cold outside. And if you don't, then now's a good time to start.
2) The porous material could be anything from paper to a piece of clothing. Cotton works best, but anything is better than nothing.
3) The flame source can be a lighter or matches; this is another thing you should always carry with you. A small book of matches will easily slip into your wallet, and you won't even realize that it's there until you need it.
Step 2: Make It
1) So, first, you need to coat the "wick" with a thick layer of lip balm. Leave a short section at the top un-covered
2) Then, tightly roll up the wick, and twist the end shut.
3) Now you are done; all that is left is to light it. The burn time will depend on its shape and size.
Step 3: Use It!
Make a short cylindrical shape, like a tea candle, to act as a heater in an enclosed space (but don't burn it for extended periods of time for fear of carbon monoxide poisoning). You should place this on a non-flammable surface, like a piece of metal.
Or, if you are in an outside environment, twist it into the shape of a birthday candle, and you have yourself a little torch to start trash or brush fires. This can be held in the hand.
I hope you will never have to use the knowledge you gained from this Instructable, but if you do, good luck to you. Stay prepared, and stay safe.
Thanks for viewing.