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Homemade Oil Lamps are Easy to Make

homemade oil lamps

Yesterday, I wrote about alternate uses for rancid cooking oils.  One of the ideas was to make an homemade oil lamp.  This morning I showed one of my grandchildren how easy, it is to make one.

I took a small …

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How to Maintain your Kerosene Lamps and Improvise Wicks.

 

Making the best use of kerosene lamps requires some practice, like everything else there is a learning curve.

When purchasing lamps, get extra chimneys, burners at least 2 or 3 of each and a substantial number of wicks.  …

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The Problems of Blacking Out Your Windows When Bugging In

Many of us who plan to bug in have alternate lighting systems.  Now after a major disaster or TEOTWAWKI a light will be a beacon that will draw attention to you.  If you have light, people will come to your …

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Convert Your Old Maglites to Work with LED Bulbs

I have written before about how I love flashlights.  They fascinate me.  As a result, we have more than we really need.  Everytime a new one comes out, I have to have it.  Because of this, we have several older …

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More on Flashlights and Night Vision

Today’s post is actually a comment make by C.E. Harris on yesterdays post on flashlights.  It provides a lot of additional information on flashlights and night vision. The Fenix flashlight I have on my keychain is the Fenix E01, the …

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Do You have a Good Flashlight?

Now I have to admit something I like flashlights, I have all kinds of them.  I have so many my wife thinks, it is a joke.  I normally have two on me, both Fenix’s.  In my house, it is impossible …

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Kerosene Lamps and a Little on the Petromax Lantern.

My wife has been digging out all of our kerosene lamps and checking them out.  We have some that we have picked up at garage sales that needed cleaning and new wicks.  In the past, we both have been subjected …

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A Complete Solar Light Package

I recently ran across a product called T-Lite made by Sundaya.  This has been developed for third world countries and is now available from Sierra Solar 1-888-667-6527.  It is a simple and relatively inexpensive solar powered lighting system.

It consists …

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A Handy Little Homemade Lighting System

I have written several posts on my homemade battery packs and their many uses.  You can learn how to make one at http://bit.ly/URpTwz.  Recently I purchased some 12 volt LED light bulbs from C Crane http://www.ccrane.com/.  With these …

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Use Your Homemade Battery Pack To Charge Flashlight Batteries

Easy to use

One of the many uses of the battery pack that I wrote about previously is to charge smaller batteries.  I found a 12-volt battery charger in a garage sale that charges AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt …

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