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mountain joe
12-05-2010, 11:35 AM
I made tallow candles many years ago but have forgotten what I did or how i did it. So with this years caribou harvest i had an idea to try to make a primitive candle. I wanted to try a natural wick material that is readily accessible in our area but didn't know of any for the type of candle I wanted to make. Soooo this was a big experiment. I did make this candle in my kitchen as it was minus 2 degrees F outside but this candle could be made totally in the bush from raw materials found there.

YouTube - Make A Tallow Candle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQLSvBjtMeU)

BigHat
12-05-2010, 01:21 PM
the little flame that could. had me on the edge of my seat wondering if it would make it!

xj35s
12-05-2010, 01:24 PM
What is Tallow? just fat rendered from meat or is it fat removed from the underside of flesh? How is it different from Lard?

http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingoils/ss/rendertallow.htm

Awesome, how about that! I have a friend that is a Butcher in his own shop.

Old Philosopher
12-05-2010, 01:39 PM
Great! Sand candles are a cinch in the bush. For more light, you can even make several wells in the same mold, and have multiple wicks.
Any thoughts on other wick material in your area? I found regular cotton kitchen/butcher's twine worked well.

Joe, you might be interested in this thread:

http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8380

matt.s
12-05-2010, 01:41 PM
What is Tallow? just fat rendered from meat or is it fat removed from the underside of flesh? How is it different from Lard?

Lard is rendered pig/hog fat. Tallow is rendered fat from ruminants (cattle, bison, sheep, deer...).

Old Philosopher
12-05-2010, 02:21 PM
What is Tallow? just fat rendered from meat or is it fat removed from the underside of flesh? How is it different from Lard?

Awesome, how about that! I have a friend that is a Butcher in his own shop.


Lard is rendered pig/hog fat. Tallow is rendered fat from ruminants (cattle, bison, sheep, deer...).
Besides the source, tallow cools hard, and lard usually remains soft. Lard is for cooking, and tallow can be used for candles and soap.

SnakeRiverJim
12-05-2010, 02:55 PM
Nice video Joe. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jim

JTD
12-05-2010, 03:28 PM
Great vid, thanks alot!

mountain joe
12-05-2010, 04:47 PM
the little flame that could. had me on the edge of my seat wondering if it would make it!

Don't tell anyone else but........Me too:D

mountain joe
12-05-2010, 04:56 PM
What is Tallow? just fat rendered from meat or is it fat removed from the underside of flesh? How is it different from Lard?

http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingoils/ss/rendertallow.htm (http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingoils/ss/rendertallow.htm)

Awesome, how about that! I have a friend that is a Butcher in his own shop.


Tallow is the hard whitish fat mostly on and near the upper hind quarters and backbone area of big game animals. You save this fat and "render" it out by heating it and seperating it from the impurities. What is then left is pure clean Tallow

mountain joe
12-05-2010, 05:04 PM
Great! Sand candles are a cinch in the bush. For more light, you can even make several wells in the same mold, and have multiple wicks.
Any thoughts on other wick material in your area? I found regular cotton kitchen/butcher's twine worked well.

Joe, you might be interested in this thread:

http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8380 (http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8380)

Thanks, that's a great idea about the multiple wells & wicks.

The willow bark cordage is the only one I've tried but since that works I would guess that cordage from Cottonwood bark "might" work also. Rekon I need to try that one too so I'll know fer sure.

I thought that was a cool idea with the hooves but was disappointed to hear that it stunk. I was thinking cool I gotta try that until i read about the smell. Oh well.

Old Philosopher
12-05-2010, 05:15 PM
Thanks, that's a great idea about the multiple wells & wicks.

The willow bark cordage is the only one I've tried but since that works I would guess that cordage from Cottonwood bark "might" work also. Rekon I need to try that one too so I'll know fer sure.

I thought that was a cool idea with the hooves but was disappointed to hear that it stunk. I was thinking cool I gotta try that until i read about the smell. Oh well.
I didn't re-read my post about the hoof, so I guess it left that impression. The hoof never did touch the flame. The smell was coming from the deer tallow. Not any worse than a kerosene lantern, though. Promise! :D

mountain joe
12-05-2010, 06:31 PM
I didn't re-read my post about the hoof, so I guess it left that impression. The hoof never did touch the flame. The smell was coming from the deer tallow. Not any worse than a kerosene lantern, though. Promise! :D

great. I might utilize a hoof of the next moose or caribou for that then. Thanks

Old Philosopher
12-05-2010, 06:44 PM
great. I might utilize a hoof of the next moose or caribou for that then. Thanks
If you're going to make a novelty candle as a conversation piece, you might want to invest in some real candle wick. There are so many grades that I'm not sure which would work best with 100% tallow, though.
It's kinda funny, but with tallow candles, and oil lamps, the material does most of the burning, and the wick just ensures the flame stays in one place. ;)