How to make a trench candle with your own hands

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A trench candle is an item that will definitely not be superfluous in difficult conditions. It can burn for 5 to 8 hours, is not afraid of wind, and can even heat a small room, according to the News.LIVE article.

How you can use the trench candle

This “gadget” is suitable for:

  • heating;
  • lighting;
  • heating food;
  • water heating;
  • drying things.

What you need to have to make a trench candle

You will need the following tools:

  • metal ruler;
  • knife;
  • a kettle or a convenient saucepan (to heat the paraffin);
  • a metal jar (a can of canned food will do);
  • cardboard (corrugated cardboard from boxes);
  • paraffin (you can use old unnecessary candles).

How to make a trench candle

1. Cut the cardboard across the corrugation into strips slightly less wide than the height of the can (3-5 mm).

2. Screw the strips tightly and insert them into the prepared metal can.

3. Insert a strip of cardboard wick inside, which will be slightly higher than the “snail” (you can make several in different places of the candle).

4. Finely chop the wax and melt. It is advisable not to mix natural and artificial waxes.

5. Stir the wax constantly during melting to prevent it from burning and do not bring it to a boil.

6. When the wax has melted, pour it into the tin with the cardboard. You don’t need to go all the way to the top – the wax will set anyway.

7. You can fill the jar three times to make it burn longer.

8. It is advisable to remove the wick, but if this is not possible, you can take it out of the hot wax.

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