Heat, light, and increased visibility in total darkness are the reasons that an emergency candle is worth having around. While it is simple enough to go to the store and purchase a store-bought candle, they are bulkier, do not often offer a wind shield, and burn poorly when wet. If you are a backpacker headed into rainy country, or a well-prepared individual putting together an emergency kit to last you through the long haul, versatility and innovation matter.
Building a D.I.Y. emergency candle is a great project that is easy to pull off and will serve you well in the future should you ever find yourself someplace cold and dark with minimal resources. Here’s how to pull it off with minimal resources.
Tampon or Toilet paper
- Fill a large pot with water.
- Place a candle in a sauce pan. Make sure it is a saucepan you aren’t very attached to, as things can get messy when you melt down wax.
- Place sauce pan on top of pot. Turn the stove up and heat the wax at 250°F. Melt the candle down until it is completely liquid.
- Carefully pour liquid wax into the Altoids box.
- Wait 5 minutes for wax to harden.
- Place wick (toilet paper, tampon, wick) in center of wax.
- Wait 10 minutes for wax to finish hardening.