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This is a really simple oil lamp made from a metal spacer and some rolled up toilet paper. This would be a great emergency light while camping.

This is a simple but very sweet project. I was playing about with oil and wicks on new years eve 2006 and came up with this idea for metal candles that can be re-used, and burn ordinary cooking oil or other suitable fuel like liquid paraffin.
It basically involves an easy to roll paper wick and a sleeve that holds it together and allows it to wick the oil up while retaining a constant burning area.

Simple and sweet oil lamp – Link

Related:
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Candles from scratch, CRAFT Vol. 04, page 124 – Link

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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