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Here in Pakistan we suffer from frequent power outages that last hours. Since I'm a university student, I needed a portable source of light but I found that candles weren't bright enough. I came up with a simple mini lantern that takes less than 5 minutes to make but lasts for hours. I hope you guys enjoy it, and if you do, don't forget to rate it & vote for it in the Pocket Sized Contest.
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Step 1: Things you'll need:

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1. Jar: Here I used a small jar of jam from some airline. The only real requirement is that the jar have a metal lid. Ideally use only those jars with no paint on the lid if you want to avoid unpleasant fumes.

2. Wick: I happened to have a wick from an old lantern that was lying around, but you could just as easily use a shoelace (plastic ends cut off) or any rolled up piece of cloth. *TIP* You'll want to use 100% cotton shoelaces, not synthetic. Synthetic will melt instead of burn and could lead to serious injuries. Thanks to user "Sedition"

3. Knife: I used my Leatherman c305 to cut a hole in the lid of the jar.

4. Lamp Oil: This will be used as fuel in the mini lantern. You can use other fuels such as Kerosene but they produce a lot of soot that will quickly build up.

5. Matches: To light the lamp when finished.

Step 2: Pierce the Lid:

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With your knife, pierce a hole in your jar lid. Make it different sizes or shapes according to the kind of wick you're using. Use a gentle back and forth wiggling motion rather than straight pressure in order to avoid injury.

Step 3: Wick:

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In order to get your wick through the hole, carefully use your knife to push the wick in as seen in the following picture.

The longer the wick above the lid, the higher the flame will be. I recommend you leave the wick no longer than 1/2 inch.
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I like this instructable, I will file it away for future use.oh and good job.

thehbird1 year ago
Good idea
Mike1906711 year ago
Sorry pressed wrong bit now can not get off . Think this is great
i bet a baby food jar would work well
tonyscott1 year ago
nice and tiny. tony
pmarks13 years ago
Making camp coffe on my wood gasifier slash wood stove inside my bathroom!
akinich4 years ago
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xallie akinich3 years ago
Well, I guess you could, but it wouldn't burn in the same way and will probably burn out faster. Oil will give more light :) Be carefull if you're using alcohol though
akinich xallie3 years ago
Blaaken3 years ago
i tried making this with a piece of a sock and some vegetable oil, it diidn't burn at all, any advice?
i've heard that canola and olive oil works well, but you have to soak the wick (piece of sock) in the oil before lighting it. regular lamp oil flows up the wick easily, so you can just light it. since vegetable oil is heavier it wouldn't work straight away.

of course the sock might not be 100% cotton.
Laneyh Blaaken3 years ago
I don't think most vegetable oils burn well in a lamp. They're often too heavy for a wick.
Petar923 years ago
Just great!! :)
ismith83 years ago
Dryer lint can be used for the wick. Roll it tightly between your palms.
Set up similar last night, when the power went out. Had to come up with a light source to calm the natives (8 girls having a sleep-over). Worked like a charm, after throwing in a few ghost stories.
Enough light to get around. used canning jars for mine.
kampingking3 years ago
I used 2 soda can bottoms soldered togher and it works great!
the.rollie3 years ago
take the bottom off a soda can cut it to fit just around the top of the jar and use silicon to glue the bowl shaped part on the top of the jar, then insert wick and add another hole for refuleing. use original jar lid as, well, the lid
pemas353 years ago
really liked it reminded me of when I lived in the countryside, did it with diesel
ultracanery5 years ago
how do you light it
um a match or lighter what kind of question is that?
i beleive a match might work
lol thats kinda obvious
cv12843 years ago
Thank you for this.
I made on last night, think it will go well on the table after a BBQ and it starts getting dark - a nice atmosphere.
I used a thin utility knife the a screw driver to open the gap, then a clamp it back together to hold the wick.

It looks really awesome!

Thanks again. :o)
NecroVoid4 years ago
maybe there would be a way to make a "valve" to shut the hole with the wick in it by using another jampot lid section, especially if you offset the hole from the center?
You could use some cork? But it would have to be pretty small, which you can sometimes find by the bag in craft stores.
Earths_hope4 years ago
Holy crap its pretty!
kube604 years ago
There used to be a show when I was a kid called Mr. Wizard's world. In one episode, he poured some veg oil into a dish, tied a piece of string to a nut to weight it and lit the string. Instant candle. Veg oil most certainly will work. You can even run a car on it.
mattbomb4 years ago
hey do you no any were else you could get small jars like that
pleabargain5 years ago
Woh. Be caeful. Put the lid down and tap the blade into the top. No lamp is worth a bloody hand.
Ahhh relax guys its not that dangerous chill a little and grow a spine Billy "eight fingers" 1965
delusional5 years ago
What are the Physics principles applied here?

Determine what is to measured,
Organize the entities of interest,
Find  them,
What do we/they need, or provide,
Get the stuff moving,
Know what stuff is important.

Now, think backwards!

If you light something flammable, you get flames (heat and light).

akinich4 years ago
or surgical spirit?
Faquad4 years ago
Cool idea.  Could also be used for citronella, or the like to keep bugs away when camping.   Question, however... how would you extinguish the flame if you needed to?  With an actual lantern, you just turn down the wick and the flame goes out, this... well....?
You could use a lid to extinguish the flame.
capaky4 years ago
A hammer and nail would work...
JCoffey5 years ago
This is a GREAT instructable. This would be great for camping too I would think. The only problem is an open flame but I wonder how hard it would be to find some sort of glass to use as a globe
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