Emergency Light and Fire-Starters


CRAYON

As a candle (crayndle), stand the crayon vertical on the flat end of the crayon on a non-combustible surface and light the pointed end.

As a fire-starter, break it in small pieces (save the unused pieces for later), place a piece in the tinder bundle and light it to get the fire started.

Naturally, crayons can also be used for writing and to mark things.

CRISCO (Shortening)

Press a natural fiber wick (like a cotton t-shirt shred or a mop strand) using a forked stick to the bottom of a can of Crisco.
Remove the stick after pushing in the wick.
Smear the top of the wick with Crisco to get it to burn better.
Place the can on a non-combustible surface
There; you’ve got one of the longest burning emergency candles on the planet. It's been said that these can burn for more than 30 days straight!
YUMMY!

CAUTION: Consideration must be given to the foil-lined cardboard tube container as a fire hazard. If left to burn long enough, the melted oil of the shortening can make it's way into the cardboard paper, making it perfect fuel for fire.

As a fire-starter, smear some Crisco on a small piece of wood and place it in the tinder bundle and light it to get the fire started.

CAUTION: Candles, in general, have a bad reputation of causing house fires. Makeshift improvised candles are even more dangerous. There are much better options that work better. But, if you find yourself in a cabin in the woods in the middle of the night with no electricity and the batteries in your flashlight are about to die, then something like this will work. However, for everyday home use when the power goes out, anything from candles to a battery powered lantern is preferable. The truth is, with a bit of wick and pretty much any oils, you can make a candle or lantern out of anything from kerosene to tallow to paraffin or lard. But they all come with a high flammable risk, so be careful. Use only as a last resort, burn only on a non-combustible surface and keep close watch on any makeshift candle.

See Also:
Water Jug Lantern
Battery-Less Devices
Emergency Lighting Products