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This is an instructable of how to make a oil lantern out of a couple soda cans.
This is a list of recommended tools and materials. Two soda cans, scissors, pliers, pocket knife, glue, and wick material.
First step is to cut the cans, you will be using the bottoms of the cans mated together to form a fuel reservoir and burner. The first image is for re...
Punch a slit into the center of one can bottom using a pocket knife. Then using the thumbtack punch holes around the slit to serve as fill holes. Be s...
Now force the two cans together my inserting one into the other. Working with this short of cans with usually cause some crinkling but that is okay. B...
Using the pliers bend the pop tab lower edge up so that you can keep the pushed down tab in a more neutral position. Then cut the window out to make t...
Here is the finished product.
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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....
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.
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 "dead flame" design is great as a camp light or home light and seems nearly leak proof!
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.
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