Here is a really quick and easy oil lamp. It will work great for emergency lighting. I walked into my garage and about 10 minutes later I was burning rancid corn oil which by the way most people just throw away. You may be wondering what rancid corn oil smells like when it burns. I could not smell anything until I stuck my nose almost right down in the glass. it has almost no smell but what little it does have smells like a warm iron for ironing clothes. The garage is cold right now so it did make my nose all toasty warm. The lamp puts out zero smoke.
The wick for the oil lamp is a used birthday candle. Birthday candles get about 2 minutes of use and then then most people just throw them away (I see a trend).
To keep the candle upright and anchored by gravity to the bottom of the glass, I used a threaded hex nut. The inside diameter of the nut was a little larger than than the candle so I wrapped a strip of aluminum foil around the base of the candle and then threaded the nut onto the candle.
For added stability and weight I dripped some candle wax onto the inside of a small used jar lid and quickly pressed the candle / nut assembly onto the puddle of liquid wax. Most people just throw away used jar lids.
Then I lowered the candle down into the glass and filled glass (with still usable rancid corn oil) up to the top of the wax on the candle but below the wick and then lit the candle.
Since a used jar (most people just throw these away) can be substituted for the glass and the candle can be attached directly to the lid with wax or to some other weight, this lamp costs $0.00 if you use old cooking oil.
Credit where credit is due. Mine is the zero cost version of this one:
See the next step (cooking).
I needed to raise the candle up a little bit so I used some old, used plumbing parts I had out in the garage. Most people just throw these away.
It helps to stir your food every ten minutes or so. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour before lunch reaches its maximum temperature.
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