True Survival Candles
Introduction: True Survival Candles
In any survival pack, or just out in the wilderness, having light is essential. Though, so is having food. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have both, in one place? Welcome to the true survival candle. It can be burned for light, or, in emergencies, eaten for sustenance.
The true survival candle uses tallow (beef fat simplified down) as a burning fuel, and thus makes it 99% edible (don’t eat the wick). You can use any fat though, I also have made them from bacon fat (added benefit, the candle smell awesome).
It is relatively simple to make and besides a lower melting point than normal wax candles, is much more useful than a standard tea light. Also,
depending on how you package your candle, it can be more efficient in packing space and come with additional advantages (I wrap mine in tinfoil, which gives the added benefit of a small piece of tinfoil that can be utilized as well).
You Will Need:
1) Fat/tallow Source (beef fat from butcher or a pack of bacon from the store)3) Containers for your candles (I used children’s juice boxes).
4) A nail (or anything to cleaning poke a hole in your container).
5) Glass jar heat source.
6) Coffee filters.
Let’s jump into it! [Also, if you like this Instructable, please vote for it!]Step 1: Purify the Tallow
For beef tallow: follow the same picture steps as shown here with the bacon, but get beef fat from your butcher (they’ll sell it to you cheap . it is just the excess fat), and render it down a couple of times to make it as pure as you can get (pure white as possible).
1) Acquire your fatty substance (bacon or beef tallow)
2) Put it in a frying pan on low and melt the fat into liquid form.
3) Remove the meat parts (in the beef tallow there will be some meat that has found its way in)
i.) The best way to remove unwanted particles is to pour the hot tallow/fat through a coffee filter. This will take a number of filters, but gets it pure on the first go round.
4) Pour the tallow in a jar (you can pour through the coffee filter into the jar or through the filter into an easier bowl and then pour into a jar).
5) Let the jar sit out and cool slightly for an hour or two, then place the jar in the fridge. You can just leave it out to cool, the fridge just speeds up the process. A rectangular solid (or a box,
as it were) will form the most efficient container for packing candles into a pack. Rounded corners (in the typical candle shape) have potential to be squished and would created wasted space.