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100 Hour Candles for Pennies!

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rightwingmom (Mod) --- 9 years ago -

I'm always on the look out for back ups to my back ups. When I found this video, I HAD to try it for myself.


My alternative was to try this two different ways:

1) I took a glass votive, filled w/ generic plain vegetable shortening and inserted an old birthday candle in the middle.

2) I took an old pickle jar, also filled it w/ shortening and inserted a short tapered candle in the middle.

Both have burned for 3 hours last night and 3 hours so far this morning. The shortening is BARELY gone! I'm timing them to get a total number of burn hours. I'll get back to you on the results....

Side note ~ I placed one of my traditional votive candles next to the shortening votive candle and the light appears to be brighter!

Hope my fellow Texas Preppers find this useful.


5 Rah --- 9 years ago -

rwm - thanks for sharing another great idea! Love this one. Having enough light is one of my big concerns :O 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 9 years ago -

Pretty impressive! My votive w/ birthday candle burned for 16 (non-continuous) hours before the birthday candle floated and extinguished.

I've made a second votive, this time anchoring the birthday candle with an old votive metal base. We shall see....

The pickle jar candle, with an old taper candle centered in the shortening, has also burned approximately 16 (non-continuous) hours and only consumed about 1/4 of an inch of candle and vegetable shortening. We are continuing to burn both candles today. DH is measuring the "official" usage of the shortening.

Updates to follow.....

p.s. I have watched videos of people inserting everything from twisted newspaper, typing paper, to cotton string. While very economical, I'm using the birthday and taper candles because I have them stockpiled and it seems a more efficient use of them. 

MYSTRY UNLEASHED --- 9 years ago -

And should it get chilly modify this 100 hour candle in this manner...


rightwingmom (Mod) --- 9 years ago -

^^^ Mystry....you beat me to my next thread!

MYSTRY UNLEASHED --- 9 years ago -

I'm Sorry. Both will be great though. 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 9 years ago -

I'm Sorry. Both will be great though.

No worries. Glad you're posting!

Agree...both ideas look promising.

I'm have the best success with the shortening by placing it in tall narrow jars and inserting taper candles cut to fit the height of the jar.

So far I've been burning:
a) an used over-sized Glade votive holder
b) an wide mouth 16 oz. Mason jar
c) an old Classico Alfredo sauce jar.

(The yellow discoloration is remnant from the bday candles.)


The small Glade votive has approx. 20 hours of burn time and has only consumed about 3/4 of the candle and shortening. Pretty impressive!

I'm skipping on the b-day candles. They worked well but with prolonged burning they became soft, would fall into the liquid shortening and extinguish themselves.


rightwingmom (Mod) --- 9 years ago -

^^^ The winner is...the candle on the far right!

I've burned the Classico Alfredo jar, several nights a week, for most of the winter. (On some cold days I burned it all day, easily 12 + hours.) It only recently needed to be refilled. It's relatively clean burning with only some mild soot build up near the end of the candle's life. That soot was easily wiped off the lip with a damp paper towel. I didn't keep track of the hours, but an estimation of 100 hours of burn time would be very plausible! 

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