When an extended emergency occurs, using the resources you have available or around your property may be your only option and hope at surviving.
Emergency lighting will be a vital aspect of your preparedness provides. If you discover yourself without lighting, with a bit creativity you can make candles using bush craft techniques, or with items found around the home.
Finding a wick is also your largest challenge. You can purchase wicks in bulk to own on hand in the event that a disaster happens, or find a suitable different.
- Cotton string or twine
- Paper towel
- Torn pieces of cloth
- Shoe lace (with the plastic coating cut off)
- Old cotton sock (that is clean) torn into strips
- Cotton towel torn into strips
Whichever alternative wick you select to use, make sure the wick is a suitable size to burn the candle. Further, keep in mind to prime the wicks by soaking them in melted wax and stirring for a minute or two and allow to dry. This makes the candle burn a lot of efficiently. When placing the wick in the melted wax, …