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#138639 - 07/04/08 11:37 AM Re: Candles [Re: Jackal]
sourdough Offline
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Registered: 07/04/08
Posts: 3
we live in a cabin in the woods without running water but with electricity. We frequently experience power outages. We keep a
UCO camping lantern handy and buy our beeswax candle refills
from a company called Buzz Lites www.buzzlites.ca They have
many other beeswax candles that are very affordable with long
burn times. A lot cheaper and better quality than the Phoney Bheylonians.

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#138642 - 07/04/08 12:15 PM Re: Candles [Re: sourdough]
nurit Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 191
Loc: NYC
Sourdough, welcome to the forum! And thanks for the information about Buzz Lites. Good to know about another source for beeswax candles.

Nurit

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#138649 - 07/04/08 01:15 PM Re: Candles [Re: sourdough]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Welcome Newguy!

Where in the world is your cabin???
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#138722 - 07/05/08 09:03 AM Re: Candles [Re: Jackal]
tonyb Offline
For me life is my beach
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Registered: 03/27/04
Posts: 9
Loc: Australia, Cairns
Jackal,

I used to use candles for emergency power outages but found them very dangerous around children, many a house fires started this way. I have a couple of boys and as you may know they are all fasinated with flame!!!

To dangerous for this household so I rigged up 12 volt downlights and coupled it to a motorcycle battery then positioned the downlights in the kitchen, main living area, hallway and one in the electrical box (where the battery is located), they automatacaly come on when the power goes off which gives me heaps of time to switch on the genset or the backup batteries to run the house on mains, simple to install and very effective all without running around in the dark looking for candles and torches.

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#138800 - 07/06/08 04:32 PM Re: Candles [Re: nurit]
sourdough Offline
Stranger

Registered: 07/04/08
Posts: 3
These guys at Buzz Lites use American beeswax for U.S. customers and Canadian beeswax for Canadian customers.
They have a lot of unique designs along with the usual
stuff.

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#138802 - 07/06/08 04:37 PM Re: Candles [Re: tonyb]
sourdough Offline
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Registered: 07/04/08
Posts: 3
Sounds like a great set up. One reason we go with the UCO camping lantern is it hangs from the ceiling , it is always
ready with a candle installed, a spare in a holder screwed
to the wall beside it, and best of all out of reach of little
fingers. Once the power goes out we switch to " Simple " mode
and forget about electricity , relax and enjoy the quiet.

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#138953 - 07/08/08 04:43 AM Re: Candles [Re: sourdough]
Art_in_FL Offline
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Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
A trick that helps with candles, oil lamps, and other sources of flame, is to put a little Museum Wax under the base. It sticks them , in a removable way, to the surface they sit on and goes a long way toward keeping candle stick and oil lamps from sliding off or being knocked over.

http://www.aftosa.com/museumwax.html

Similar products go under various names: quake wax, quake putty, museum putty or similar. The putties seem to be more tolerant of higher temperatures.

This is also handy for other jobs. A P-38 can be stuck to the top of one can in a case with this wax to make sure you always have an opener. This keeps the opener unobscured by tape and obvious to anyone who opens the case.

This stuff can be used to keep things handy and close to where they might be needed in an emergency.

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