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#135082 - 06/07/08 12:56 PM Candles
Jackal Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: cornwall UK
what type of candles have people included in there longterm supplies. i have chosen 4hr tealights rather than regular candles and would like to know what others have chosen to see if there is a better option.

#135085 - 06/07/08 01:45 PM Re: Candles [Re: Jackal]
Angel Offline

Registered: 06/17/06
Posts: 192
For power outs at home, I use oil lamps. They aren't expensive and give off more light than a candle. I usually keep 2 gallons of lamp oil and extra wicks on hand, more if I think I might need it. As far as candles go, I just get a variety of sizes. I haven't found tealights that last that long so my first choice is oil lamps.

#135088 - 06/07/08 01:50 PM Re: Candles [Re: Angel]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
We have a few el cheapo tea candle lanters stuck here and there, each one accompanied by a large prescription pill bottle filled with candles. I don't recall off hand how many tea candles we can get into one container, but it is something like seven or eight, enough to last for a little while if we don't keep one burning all the time...

#135096 - 06/07/08 06:11 PM Re: Candles [Re: ]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2196
Loc: Beer&Cheese country
50-pack of 2-hr tea candles from walgreen's. $5 at the time. plus about 20 AA for various lights

#135097 - 06/07/08 06:16 PM Re: Candles [Re: ]
Jackal Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: cornwall UK
i buy the tealights in batches of 2000 for £60 so 3 pence (6 cents) a light.

#135098 - 06/07/08 06:27 PM Re: Candles [Re: ]
librarian Offline

Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 34
Loc: Conroe, Texas
I second using the religious candles. I grew up on the Texas coast where part of our hurricane supplies always included those thick glasses full of slow burning wax! That way if the candles melt due to heat (like stored in the garage in the "emergency box"), there is no harm done. In fact I have one on my beside table along with matches because we have the electricity go out whenever there is a bad storm or some construction worker cuts the line : )

#135100 - 06/07/08 07:16 PM Re: Candles [Re: librarian]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2460
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
I use a 2D Mag-Lite with an LED bulb. Why add the risk of a fire to an already existing emergency situation?

Jeanette Isabelle
“Trust me, this is not gonna end well!” — Pleakley, Lilo & Stitch

#135101 - 06/07/08 07:46 PM Re: Candles [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Jackal Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: cornwall UK
i have alot of LED flashlights but cells run out of power and need recharging or replacing. my fenix T10 will run for 8 hours on low which is about 60 lumins on a single 17670 cell. i have made provisions for recharging using a fold out solar panel and chargers. but believe in the belt and braces approch and have candles to.

a candle can also be used to warm food at a pinch and shavings of wax can aid in starting a fire.

#135104 - 06/07/08 08:37 PM Re: Candles [Re: Jackal]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
UCO Candelier lantern with 8hr. dripless candles and tea lights. Just for fun I made an olive oil lamp out of a glass jar, some cotton twine, and old olive oil. Works great. Burns forever and puts out a good amount of light (equals about 3 candles). Roll the twine together and make the wick really fat for more light.


#135106 - 06/07/08 09:13 PM Re: Candles [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5338
I also use LED lights. IMO the smaller AA lights are easier to carry than D cell Maglites. A solar battery charger is a great way to keep them ready.

Candles are nice for setting a mood, but LED's are more efficient.
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