How To Make Olive Oil Candles. Photo – littlehouseliving.com
Olive oil candles are a fantastic way to make your own candles at home! 🙂 The link to the full tutorial follows after our comments.
Olive oil is well suited to making a candle or lamp as it burns slowly – and as it has a high flashpoint, and the oil will not catch fire if it is knocked over – unlike a kerosene lamp. The idea has been used for thousands of years and was popular with the Ancient Romans!
There’s also the option of adding some essential oils of your choice to fragrance a room – these candles are great! You wouldn’t believe how good they smell! It’s possible to use any kind of cooking oil to make these but olive oil has very little scent so is the best choice.
There is growing concern over the use of paraffin in candles as it can be quite smokey and give off fumes similar to burning diesel. Alternatives that use plant waxes from soy or palm oil are available but often cost a lot more so this sounds like the ideal solution!
Related: How To Make Homemade Beeswax Candles
Making candles at home with paraffin wax can be dangerous – if the wick is too large, the melted wax can overheat and could catch fire over its whole surface (I experienced this once myself!) If this happens it’s crucial that you extinguish your candle by covering it with a very damp cloth (as you would for an oil fire in the kitchen) and never to pick it up or throw water on it.
There’s an important tip to remember with olive oil candles that tutorial at the link fails to mention – although they burn cleanly in normal use, if you blow them out they will produce a fair amount of smoke; so it’s better to extinguish them either by putting the lid on your jar (to starve the flame of oxygen) or to douse the flame with a spoonful of the olive oil.
Canning jars (or pyrex jars) work best and are safer because they can withstand higher temperatures. The length of the wick is important too – if it is too long, the flame will be smokey, so adding more oil or trimming the wick will put this right – the ideal wick length is around an eighth of an inch (3mm).
Ok here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.littlehouseliving.com/olive-oil-candles.html
Check out our useful list of 23 Ways To Make Fire.
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