This is an instructable of how to make a oil lantern out of a couple soda cans.

Step 1: Tools and MaterialsW

This is a list of recommended tools and materials. Two soda cans, scissors, pliers, pocket knife, glue, and wick material.
<p>I wonder, couldn't you just cut a window out of one can, leaving room at the bottom for the fuel reservoir, and cut the bottom only off of the second can to make the top of the reservoir? Then you wouldn't have to attach the top to it, it will be all one piece of the same can....</p>
Possibly. Put your idea into action and prove to us its possible. Thanks for the comment! Go make something.
<p>I used a razor blade to cut a window out of one can and then cut the bottom off of a separate can. I just pinched the bottom can a bit for a tiny crimp and , after stuffing the wick in, I just shoved the wick bottom into the window and it fit snugly. I fueled it with some lard and this is how it burns after trimming the wick a bit. </p>
<p>Iv messed around with a ton of oil lamp designs but you are a genius! id love to expand on this design and send my updates your way, this is a step in the direction I want to go with my designs but I would also include some way of giving the flame a little bit of shaping and draft like a kerosene lamp! on the other hand this &quot;dead flame&quot; design is great as a camp light or home light and seems nearly leak proof!</p>
Thanks man. If you do any updates let me know I welcome the collaboration.
whats the wick made out of<br>
<p>this was done with a sock but just braiding beef twine (find it at a grocery store) works the best as a simple no fuss home made wick and it will absorb vegetable oil sufficiently and gives enough wick size for decent light without a smoky flame.</p>
great work bro...mind if I alter it and post as one of my own.....ill give you credit for the idea
Could you put the reflector between the two halves of the reservoir? <br>Or (harder) could it be a one piece with the bottom of the reservoir? like: you cut a square window in a whole popcan, cut and prepare the top part of the reservoir, place the top part of the reservoir inside the window cut into the other tin and slide it to the bottom? saves one can
wow! good job my friend! very well made instructable. very detailed
What kind of Fuel do you use in this?
I use WVO(Waste vegetable oil) or SVO(Straight vegetable oil). However, It is a pretty standard wick lantern so I suppose you could use parafin, kerosene, or any type of lamp fuel. Thanks for the great question!
Choice of fuel depends on smoke pruduction, avoid gasoline of course. Keep the wick well trimmed or the tank will get too hot and fuel will boil I wold fill the tank with steel wool to reduce fuel accidental pouring as i did in alcohol hobos stoves. Inserting the wick in one or two inches of any suitable metallic pipe or winding the wick with some copper wire or wrapping aluminium foil could help to control the flame. The whole thing once lighted gets very hot as you can easily find out.
you can add a wind screen by cutting a plastic water bottle and popping it into the opening
keep the wick trimmed or the screen will dark, melt and burn quite easily , plastic fumes are a health hazard. As in middle age metal wind proof blind lanterns it coul be possible to cut small triangular holes, one cut on two sides, the free vertex of the lap downward and lifted a bit so that little light comes out but little wind gets inside
Wouldn't that melt?
Could possibly melt in the one demonstrated here, it gets very hot. If you were to lower the wick enough I think a plastic screen would work.
there is always that possibility but i have used one with a tea candle lantern made out of pepsi can and it has worked perfectly for a year now
You could also scratch the inside of it with steel wool to make it more reflective
Also a good option. Thanks for the comment.
Worked quite well. I think I made a to large container, since my lantern stop burning after a while, even though it's still quite a lot of oil in it.
Nice work. Yeah if you make the fuel tank too large the oil doesn't wick as well. If it burns out and you leave it, it will eventually fire back up. However, as the oil burns out of the wick it will start to consume the wick so you'll end up going through wicks pretty often. Good job though, I like the Red Bull cans.
What would you call it??
Locally, Pop is used. I use both soda and pop. If I leave the midwest, I use sodapop or soft drink :D
Haha...i use either Soda. usually from where im from we us the proper name of the drink (ie. Dr. Pepper, Coke(or coca cola), pepsi, Mountain Dew, ETC.)
Mine smelt up my garage gonna try different tinder
Nice build! I bet this would look killer with some green fire! I think that might be next on my to-do list. I'm sending you a patch for the inspiration!
Thanks. I appreciate the inspiration and the patch.
How does the glue hold up to heat? great design by the way.
So far I haven't had any problems, burned for a couple hours without issues. I haven't burned it for any longer than that. If it starts to release I will rework with JB Weld.
Thanks guys!
great reuse!
So simple and yet elegant. Really well done!

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