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Old 12-20-2019   #21
 
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- I thought it would be too small for our group of 15 people, but it really wasn't. As long as you don't need the heat, it's just something for people to gather around and focus on. Everyone on the trip seemed to love it... easy setup, compact, and no ashes to deal with.
- I came back from the GC with over 15 lbs of extra wax, but I think 45lbs was about right for my candle pot for 21 days. Some nights you don't use it, others you burn it longer than you anticipated.
My buddy who has invited me on the Main the past couple years isn't a campfire guy (hey Jeff!) and these do seem perfect to give folks something clean to gather around in the evening.


So.....2#/day as a comfortable burn/consumption rate for a 10" pot?

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I was introduced to the candle pot on a Grand trip a couple of years ago. We've made a couple as well and use it all the time. Great for a summer trip where you want the ambiance and not the heat.


Thanks for the idea Josh and Greg!
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I'm going to try and build a couple of these, I have a few cookie tins and the cardboard, I need to purchase the wax. I think they will come in handy, in more ways than one. Last time my power went out at the house, it was out for about 18 hours, these will be good for light in emergencies, camping, night time floating etc. I have to go out and shop for some supplies for my first-aid kit that I keep in the car, something leaked I think, the stuff is in bad shape, so I will pick up some wax too, 10 lb. block should do it, I believe. Thank you for the idea
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Old 12-21-2019   #24
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My buddy calls this "Campfire in a Can." I first saw his on a Main Salmon trip more years ago than I will admit. I still haven't made one.


I did make something from similar materials last week. I took drier lint that I'd been saving, put a pile in each cup of a cardboard egg carton, and poured melted wax all over them. Emergency fire starter! I put two or three each in vacuum seal bags and will stash them in various places. I kind of want to see if I can light one with a magnesium spark generator or if I have to use a lighter or propane torch.



Next time I make them, I might mix some petroleum jelly in with the molten wax before pouring. I have a huge block of paraffin, but I found some beat-up candles at a second hand shop dirt cheap and used them. Scented emergency fire starter!
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For those egg carton starters...

Use old soup can. Place wax in there.
Place soup can in pot of water. Boil water.
Take lint stuffed carton and submerge it in molten wax in can.

You will need a lighter or match, havenít tried a fire starter but I donít think thatís enough boom. They burn for a long time. You can even cut them in half.
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Last time my power went out at the house, it was out for about 18 hours, these will be good for light in emergencies

I would use caution using this indoors for an extended period. I have seen homes destroyed by the soot from candles used for heat/light in a power outage situation.


Not sure how much soot these might put out but its worth noting the risk
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That is a good point.

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I would use caution using this indoors for an extended period. I have seen homes destroyed by the soot from candles used for heat/light in a power outage situation.

Not sure how much soot these might put out but its worth noting the risk
Thank you, that is a valid point. I just steped into the house with a good chunk of wax from Hobby Lobby. Being I have all the ingredients I will continue to build them because I like the idea, for there use in camping. Ya, I had to use my fire extinguisher a few years back on some chicken wings I was deep frying that tried to fly the coupe while I was distracted with a football game.
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For those egg carton starters...

Use old soup can. Place wax in there.
Place soup can in pot of water. Boil water.
Take lint stuffed carton and submerge it in molten wax in can.

You will need a lighter or match, havenít tried a fire starter but I donít think thatís enough boom. They burn for a long time. You can even cut them in half.

I trimmed some of the cardboard away that had some wax on it and lit that as an experiment. Lit right up and burned longer than expected. I pulled the other pieces that I had trimmed and put a couple in each vacuum sealed bag because they light up SUPER easy.


Double boiler is definitely a safe way to heat the wax. I have a cheap pan I melt wax in that I've had since I used to make some home-made candles. Works great, but much safer to heat it in water than directly on a burner ESPECIALLY if you cook with gas.
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I will continue to build them because I like the idea

Agreed! I plan to make one in an ammo can. Definitely a great idea, just don't want anyone to find out the hard way using it indoors, plus us AB guys gotta stick together
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noahfecks, absolutely brother. I'm melting some wax, right now.
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