Survival Candle

Introduction: Survival Candle

I recently watched a show about surviving when lost in the arctic, one of the recommended items was a survival candle which can burn for a long time and after looking around at various websites and instructables on making one i settled on making my own design from the masses of tin cans i had lying around

Step 1: Equipment

For this instructable you will need ;

- Any size can
- Pliers
- scissors
- sharp knife or cutting tool
- cardboard
- wax (enough to fill half the can)
- wick (optional)

Step 2:

First off you will need to take the inside rim of the can off as shown in the picture

Step 3:

next cut the can exactly in half

Step 4:

now you need to crimp the top half as shown in the pic

Step 5:

then the top should simply slide into the bottom half of the can

Step 6:

next cut up your cardboard into strips the same length as the bottom half

Step 7:

next wrap them into a circle and insert them into the can

Step 8:

now melt the wax and pour it in

now leave for it to cool down

Step 9: Fire

now your ready to light

this candle in particular burnt for 3 hours in light rain without going out

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    9 years ago

    I just finished making one and it worked great. Very neat project.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice variation on a good ol fashioned buddy burner. You can also cook on this, if you rig up a pot stand or grill. Burns nice and hot for a long time. When I was a kid in the scouts we made something like this and cooked on it in camp. One caution though: sometimes this type of burner smokes, a lot! So best to use outdoors or in a well ventilated area, not in your tent or home.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I think you need some more pictures on this instructable... i know the type of thing you're building and to be honest (and i mean you no disrespect) it needs pictures, and perhaps more than three steps... If you could improve this you would have an instructable people could follow more clearly

    If you would like any help let me know :)

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    there you go, i would like your feed back on this one


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    That's alot better welldone :)

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    yh thanks i havn't finnished uploading all of them yet so it shall be done soon