Hempwick is an amazingly handy thing to have on hand. Is an easily renewable fire source that imparts no flavors as it lights cigars (or other smokables of choice), or char/light the edge of something. It also saves the butane in your lighters, can be stretched out to keep your hand a safe distance say with lighting a camp stove or grill, and waterproof ta-boot! Basically anything a match can light, this can and not worry about burning your fingers in the process.
Step 1: Things You Will Need:
Thankfully you don't need a lot of things for this, and the stuff is cheap, too!
- A clean glass vessel like a jar that you can dedicate to dipping things in wax (you'll be surprised how many things benefit from a dip in wax with a little research)
- a thin utensil to bring things out of the wax when done
- Beeswax (You can pick this up at your craft store of choice usually for $10-$12 for a pound, which will last you a VERY long time.)
- Hemp cord (Again something you can pick up cheap at your craft store of choice. Best buy is 400 ft balls of it for $5. )
- a sheet of paper or drop-cloth (not shown)
- Something to wrap it on or in (Usually this will be the lighter you'll be using the wick with)
Step 2: Cut Your Cord!
First measure out how long a piece of hempwick you want to make. You usually want to start doing this with 5-9 feet, depending on what you want to wrap it on. The length you see in the picture was roughly 9 feet. You will likely want to start with shorter lengths while you get used to using it.
Step 3: Prep and Melt Your Wax
Here is where you make your dipping jar. You will take your jar or glass vessel and break up enough of the beeswax so that the jar is half to three quarters full and place it in the microwave. Run it on high first for 2 minutes, and then use 1 minute increments until the wax is entirely melted like you see in the picture. Remember to use a towel or thermal pad, as the glass will be VERY hot!
Step 4: Dip Your Wick
Here is where we really get going! take your hemp cord and drop it into the wax, us your utensil to make sure the cord is entirely submerged and let it soak in the wax for at least 30 seconds. Once that is done, use your utensil to fish out your now wax infused cord and spread it out on your piece of paper or drop cloth to allow it to cool and the wax to solidify.
Step 5: Start Your Wrap
Once the wick is cool, now you take one end of it and make a slip knot. This is what firmly attaches the wick to what your wrapping. Tighten the slip knot to lock it around the wrapping object and begin slowly turning to spool the wick around the object, try to keep the wraps as tight as possible.
Keep working your way up until you reach the top of the object or until you run out of wick.
Step 6: And It's Ready!
Once you have it wrapped, you're all set to go! To use it, just unwrap a length of the hempwick and light the end with the lighter. Once lit, it will continue to burn until you extinguish it with a shake or a quick puffed blow of air. just like the wick of any candle.
Now you have a slow burning small lighting flame ready when you need it, daily, or to throw in your emergency supply kit. You have one of those, right? :)