I got a gallon ziplock bag of bear fat from a friend after a harvest this past hunting season. With a snow day and time available, I took it out of the freezer, trimmed any meat bits and cut it up into small chunks and placed it on low in my crock pot with a little bit of water to prevent any scorching and resulting smell. After about 3 hours the liquid fat began accumulating on the bottom. I scooped it and let it drain through a strainer and funnel into a mason jar. From the 1 gallon bag of bear fat chunks I got 2 plus pints of clean bear fat. I may still run it through cheese cloth or a bandana as it has a few tiny bits visible on bottom. The remaining chunks can be fried for cracklings. My main purpose for all this is to share a cordage and candle workshop as part of some outdoor skills classes for kids n adults but now think I'll have some extra to play with. (And a gallon of deer fat to try). Dogbane n bear fat candle in altoids tin. Burned 45mins. Anyone use the stuff? Cooking, leather care, gun care?? Would like to hear some first hand experience.