Candles are an easy-to-use source of emergency lighting and it provides a little heat. More than just a good idea to have, relying on candles as a source of lighting can save your life any night. If you do use power electricity in your home, you never know when your power could go out.
As you may know, disasters do happen and it could be several days or even months before power is restored at your home. Learn how to make your own 50 hrs. off-grid survival candles.
Now, there are several types of wax that are used for candle making such as beeswax, carnauba wax or soy wax. However, in this article we will be focusing on survival candles made out of soy wax.
This soy wax candle is purported to burn 50 hours, and that is a lot better than using little decorative tea candles which usually burns out in just four hours.
Homemade off-grid survival candles are easy, fun, and affordable to make. You can always get really personal and creative with the containers and fragrances for your candles. While making candles is mostly just melt and pour, you can also formulate a blend of essential oils to create your preferred special scent.
Importantly, prices for long burning candles sold for survival or emergency preparedness at stores are shocking. You can make your own off-grid survival candles at home for cheap, using high-quality, long burning soy wax.
Being an uncomplicated project you can buy the materials easily and you won’t need any specialized tools.
Supplies List To Make Your Survival Candles
5 Pound Bag (Or Less) of Soy Wax Flakes
8 Ounce Clear Glass Canning Jars (Amount depends on the Soy Wax Bag)
Wicks and Tabs
Tools To Make Your Survival Candles
Scissors, Double Boiler or a Tall Pot and a Smaller Pot, Pouring Device, and Protective Gloves.
The Off-Grid Survival Candles Making Steps
–Get Your Wicks Ready. You can find wicks in spools at your locally owned craft supply store. You’ll need to use a sizing chart on the packaging to find out which wick to use for your container size, since the wick size is determined by the diameter of the container.
However, you’ll want your wicks to be a bit longer than your candle container’s height.
Remember: Buying the wrong size wick could result in an uneven burn that will create a pit down the center of your candle, rather than burning from the top down evenly. Certainly, with the wrong size wick, your candle may burn out before making it through all of its precious wax.
If your wicks are way too long for your container, you can always trim them down to approximate size.
–Insert Your Wicks Into the Tabs. If you buy pre-tabbed wicks then you can skip this part. Put your wicks in the jars. Don’t worry if they’re not centered. We’ll fix that after we pour the wax.
–Melt the Wax. Soy wax flakes are commonly used in making scented candles and are sold in craft stores. A pound of wax will fill around a 24 ounce container. You can use other wax, but soy wax is affordable, typically has a longer burn time than other waxes and has some other beneficial qualities.
For melting the wax a double boiler helps by doing it gently, avoiding risk of it catching fire. If you don’t have an actual double boiler, get a large pot, fill it about 1/3 to ½ of the way with water, and then nest a slightly smaller pot inside where you will be melting the wax.
–Transfer Melted Wax. Carefully transfer the meted wax into your pouring container. You can use a Pyrex measuring cup as your pouring device. Then, pour the melted wax from the pouring device into your container, and don’t worry about a mess.
Soy wax is all natural, non-toxic and clean up fairly easy. Beware if you have a soy allergy though.
Don’t fill the jars up the whole way. Leave some room between the wax and the top of the container. You’ll want to center the wicks at this point. Then, take a break and let the wax cool and harden up.
–Trim the Wicks. After the wax has cooled, trim the wicks as needed. The wick must be about ¼ above the wax. Then, screw the lids on and store your candles away.
In conclusion, you can make these off-grid survival candles at a cost per candle around $1.70. If you do use recycled jars they will be under a dollar! Huge difference since at local stores their cost are about $20 per candle!
The materials you will be using aren’t low quality, they’re the same quality of materials use for high-end aromatherapy candles. The combination of soy wax’s lower melting point and the protective glass jar make this a safer source of light when compared to other candles, oil lanterns and so on.
For eight ounce candles you’ll get the most life out of them if you burn the candles four hours at a time. Since you would only use the candle for about four hours every evening, a single candle should last for around ten days of regular use.
You can always use different sized jars-bigger for longer time, or multiple wicks for more light. When storing candles, add a booklet of matches inside each jar, it makes sure you’ve got a way to light the candle.
For easy clean up, after using your double boiler or pot, cover a pan with aluminum foil or wax paper and place on the bottom rack of your oven. Put that double boiler or pot upside down on the top rack.
Turn the oven to 180° F and allow it to sit for an hour or so. All the wax will melt down onto your pan, mess free! This is also a good method for prepping your used candle containers for reuse.