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I have a good supply of LED flashlights/headlamps, and also oil lamps to use as light sources. I estimate that these will be adequate for all but truly major disasters (far, far, worse than the current impending situation). Other than use to start fires, are there practical, frequent uses that I'm not considering that I should have a supply of candles on hand for?

Also, in your own experience, are "emergency" candles really better/longer burning, or is that just good marketing?
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gnbrotz;30868 Wrote:I have a good supply of LED flashlights/headlamps, and also oil lamps to use as light sources. I estimate that these will be adequate for all but truly major disasters (far, far, worse than the current impending situation). Other than use to start fires, are there practical, frequent uses that I'm not considering that I should have a supply of candles on hand for?

Also, in your own experience, are "emergency" candles really better/longer burning, or is that just good marketing?

Good questions.

I have 10 of these on hand for "last resort" situations;

http://beprepared.com/product.asp?pn=CL%20C700

Looks like I have something else to test if we lose power.

However, like my aquapod, I may light one off for funsies and see how the fumes are, how much heat and light, and if it really burns for 100 hrs.

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#3
Well, you can't get the aroma of "Autumn Harvest", "Spiced Pear", or "Iced Cinnamon Bun" with an emergency candle.

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We could land a plane with all the friggin' candles in this house.
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Well, you can't get the aroma of "Autumn Harvest", "Spiced Pear", or "Iced Cinnamon Bun" with an emergency candle.

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We could land a plane with all the friggin' candles in this house.
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Exactly! Nothing says Hurricane like the delicious scent of "Farmers Market" by Yankee Candle co.

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#5
Candles for masking the smell of rotting food? We have a ton on hand. Ive found that we tend to use the candles in effort to conserve the flashlights and lanterns. I cant give you a practical reason other that that's just what we tend to do in our house when we lose power.
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#6
Don't forget, if you are going to be lighting candles then you also need to have this song playing on your emergency radio.

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#7
I've been a longtime fan of UCO candle lanterns. Does everything a plain old candle does but better.

http://industrialrev.com/candle-lanterns/

I like the original model.
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#8
So the recent storms allowed me to answer my own question.

We were without power for about 60 hours. We don't have a generator yet. I did employ lanterns, and while they do offer more light than candles, they are also more expensive to use. I did find that candles were a decent 'force multiplier'. One lantern and two candles, placed in front of a mirror, made a decent level of light in the bedroom.

So while I still think lanterns are a great idea and very useful, candles will indeed become a part of my supply stash as well.
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#9
Found a few recipes for making your own emergency candles.

EMERGENCY CANDLES
6-7 c. sawdust
3/4 - 1 c. melted wax (old candles or candle wax at hobby shop)
1 (12") string or wick
Empty 3 lb. Crisco can with lid

Place sawdust in around string taped in center of can. Melt wax and pour on top to seal. Cool and replace plastic lid and store. You can cook on top of these.

http://thewelcominghouse.blogspot.com/20...siest.html


http://bettylamps.blogspot.com/2011/05/i...y-jar.html
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#10
I have a stash of candles for use as a last resort. Fear of fire from either falling adleesp with one lit or forgetting to put it out is what stops me fukm using them.

To be honest you can get a lot of light for a fairly long period of time out if an LED lantern. I've been using one 2 hours each evening for the past four days and it has shown no sign of dimming.
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