Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by islandwoods, Apr 19, 2013.
By the time i finished the first one will be going out
Walmart has a 50 pack of tea light candles for $2.33. 100 pack is $3.97.
I saw a video of heating a small room with ceramic pots and tea lights. You can google it. I use them to light my pumpkins at Halloween. Also keep a few in the bathroom in case of power outage.
You can make a pop boat.
My Hobo cookset with babyfood jar lantern
My hobo MRE's:
I always have a supply
That guy is a genius.
She mentions that she has a Dutch oven, so I wonder why she would go to all that effort to make a tea light oven. She specifically mentioned casseroles and cookies, and those can certainly be made in a camp Dutch oven, plus brownies, cake, bread, cinnamon rolls, pizza -- anything.
I bought some of those recently. The were naff. They only stay lighted for a short while, and then the wick drowns in melted wax and goes out. Maybe a bad batch? I don’t remember them being this naff in the past.
Not really anything new to add... but lots of good suggestions.
I have an UCO mini lantern, and found that you can stack about 4 tea lights inside the globe (not that you'd be able to burn them all up on even a weeklong trip).
I carry one in my "bag o' stuff" as an extra fire starter... you can set it under a pile of damp tinder to help get it going, and then fish it out when you have a fire underway. with my egg carton or rolled/dipped cardboard ones, they just sort of have to get used (very hard to 'blow out' when they're on fire all over, vs a tea light.)
For cool weather, I have an anorak (you might remember the thread... modded USGI Night Camo Parka) with some added patch pockets. On the left side, I ran a stitch down one of the pockets to create a place to stash a Bic lighter. The resulting dog-leg in that pocket is perfect for holding a mylar emergency blanket and a tea light, all for the purpose of making a Palmer Furnace.
I also have a couple tea lights on my two workbenches. If I need to burn something, like the end of several pieces of paracord, or heating a nail to melt through some nylon straps or whatever, I prefer to light a candle vs burning up a Bic and doing it one-handed. This has also come in handy when I trip a GFI circuit breaker in my windowless garage or dark basement, and need a quick light (I kinda know where my lighter and candle are... no, I can never seem to remember where my flashlights are.)
I use them as firestarters also........or just set one in with your wood on top of the tinder. The parafin will blaze up quick...........I bet I have a hundred of those little tea candles
Use them to set the mood for one of mankind's most primitive skills!
This makes me think there is money to be made (figuratively) by designing a small alcohol or micro-hobo stove that can be turned into a sweet little luminary or lantern to enjoy with a tea light candle in the evening hours... when it gets dark and the frogs and crickets are going, the stars are peering down... when a campfire would be out of place but at the same time it would be a crime to crawl into a tent with the night unfolding so all about.
Plus, a tea light candle is a worthwhile addition to a fire kit. I carry a little beeswax candle in a screw lid tin that is essentially an overpriced tea light candle.
What Panzer said. With less-than-perfect tinder, they're a Godsend way to start a fire.
Don'r forget the cheap space heater. 2 terra cotta pots. One upright with 3 lit in the bottom. The other pot turned upside down to hold the heat. 4 equal spaced holes drilled 1" up from the bottom on the bottom pot, and 4 more holes drilled the same on the overturned pot.
[<Grin!>] It's no real challenge to know where you're from...! We just bought a home in Santa Fe that we'll be renting out for the next two years until mi esposa retires. At that time it will become our retirement home. Actually, more like a lower-cost base of operations...!
I use some of mine as 'white light' ... a sacred light if you will. When asked for 'smoke' and I've no time/or in a situation/ for a Sacred Pipe Circle I'll light a white, unscented tea light candle. Say my prayers which are then carried to Spirit on the smoke. Each time I glance at the candle I am reminded of my prayer. Do not blow it out ... it is a gift ... no longer yours until it burns itself out. If by chance it goes out prematurely ... its time for you to consider that Spirit has answered your prayer ... albeit not favorable.
Yup. Enjoy Palmer Furnace before or after hittin' the hay for some extra comfort or as an emergency heated shelter.
-Snake Doc 415