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#275771 - 07/13/15 02:56 AM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 02/03/07
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Interesting! I never thought of a gas lamp as a heat source when camping. (Mostly I curse the guy in a car camping site who is wrecking my evening with an obnoxious bloody supernova.)

It's true, a little heat does wonders in driving off the damp and chill. I once used my kerosene lamps in my old greenhouse to stave off a surprise frost, and it worked.

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#288857 - 05/02/18 04:29 PM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 436
Loc: Somerset UK
Here in the UK we have recently had a spell of unusually cold weather. Very tame no doubt compared to conditions elsewhere, but still significantly colder than the norm for this area.

I was glad to have a "bullfinch gas handilight" and used it extensively for both light and enough warmth to stop the plumbing freezing.

It ran for about a week continually on a 19 kilogram propane cylinder.

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#288858 - 05/02/18 11:24 PM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: adam2]
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I was an active caver during the "carbide lamp era." roughly the twentieth century up until about 1985 or so. The mechanism was a dependable source of light for long periods, as well as heat, a good thing in the typically chilly cave environment. With a loose fitting garment, one could sit on the ground, place the lamp between your legs, pull the garment over your knees, and voila! instant warmth. Also good for lighting a trail after dark, while keeping your hands warm, and a great fire starter....
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#288859 - 05/03/18 05:34 AM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
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I suppose that's the origins of the "Palmer Furnace", wasn't it?
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#288860 - 05/03/18 12:59 PM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
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I believe you are correct. I used this rig once and it was very effective.....
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#288861 - 05/03/18 06:33 PM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 08/31/09
Posts: 173
Loc: Nebraska
Cheap, over 24 hours?

Dollar Store.

https://www.dollartree.com/Luminessence-Flameless-LED-Emergency-Candles-2-ct-Packs/p357708/index.pro

LED candle- the shorter 2 battery ones do no have that fake flicker. 50 hours on 2 AA, the pack includes 2 lights.

I have a 2 pack in each of the kids camping bags as tent lights.

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#288862 - 05/03/18 06:53 PM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: LCranston]
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Cleaning out my shed just now, I ran across a pack of emergency candles, big fat suckers that together offer 100 hours of burn time - for light, heat, etc. - complete with the statement 'These candles could save your life!"

OTOH, I suppose there is the possibility, faint tho it be, that they might not save your life....

You would think they would offer a lifetime guarantee if they are any good at all.
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#288863 - 05/04/18 02:06 AM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1513
Loc: North Carolina
How old are they and do they still burn?

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#288864 - 05/04/18 02:40 AM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: TeacherRO]
LesSnyder Offline
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Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1557
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
kind of an old reply... back in my Scout days (mid 50s) we used paraffin for both candles and heating water/soup... for tent lighting, a Gerber glass baby food jar was 1/3 filled with paraffin and a wick to make a mini hurricane lantern... for heat, a shoe shine tin was filled with paraffin and either a cotton cord ring or three wicks to be used with a GI canteen cup stand... a 1/4# block of paraffin was standard supply to carry... the three wick unit could be used as light also... later the paraffin was replaced with bees wax

for power outage lighting, I now use LED area lanterns and task lights, but still have a couple of large font Dietz and the smaller Feuerhand kero lanterns and a gallon of K1 kero, just in case... an older KMart Dietz is fueled with citronella based tiki torch oil for mosquito duty

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#288865 - 05/04/18 03:00 AM Re: Long term light (>24 hours) [Re: Montanero]
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About twenty years old, and they burn quite well, as long as I can find some worthwhile matches. cleaning out this shed is definitely personal archaeology - 'many wondrous things"
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