In this instructable, I attempt to show how an innocuous garlic sauce condiment is turned into a beautiful oil lamp. Now Papa Johns makes some tasty pizza, but it always comes with a tub of garlic sauce. I used to enjoy dipping my crust in the sauce, but I realized it has no nutritional value except for fat, and I get enough of that from the pizza.
I hate to throw it away, so what else can I do with this oily sauce? A long time ago oil used be pretty valuable. It can be eaten, burned, used to lubricate stuff, even make soap. I briefly considered lubricating my bike with it, but decided against it. I wonder if I could make some garlic sauce soap as a gift for that special someone.
Anyway, this can probably be done with other condiment packets as long as they are mostly oil. Oh, and you should probably know how to put out a grease fire before you start, and don't leave it unattended.
What you need: garlic sauce tub, one sheet of toilet paper, pen, lighter, plate, and lid.
Step 1: Put It Together
First take the toilet paper and roll it into a tight wick. One ply is all you need, but you can experiment with different thicknesses.
The packet says shake before use, but it's best not to shake it, or maybe not. I don't know. This is playing with fire not rocket science.
Place the sauce tub on a ceramic plate (do not use a paper or plastic plate). Keep a sauce pan lid close by in case the whole mess catches on fire. Covering it with a lid should put out the fire if things get crazy.
Use a pen and poke a hole in the center of the lid, and feed the wick into the hole. Work the wick around a little bit so you can see it wicking up the oil.
Step 2: Light It Up!
Light it up!
It should burn for 2-3 hours. There may be a little smoke at first, but it should go away. At some point it will sizzle because the wick is absorbing some moisture. When it absorbs too much, it will go out. Thin wicks seem to go out easily when they suck up moisture, while a thicker wick seems to burn hotter and tolerates it better, but I'm just guessing.
There you have it. What could be more romantic or classy than a night of pizza, movies, and your own garlic sauce lamp. Enjoy!