Candle Lanterns – By Abraham

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You should have a candle lantern in your BOB, or one should be a part of your preps.  This is a candle lantern opened.

This one is made out of brass.  Brass is good.  Notice the handle and the little hook.  Although they say you shouldn’t use flames in a tent, if you camp sometimes your tent will get damp from the moisture in your breath.  Not sure of the science behind it, but this little flame will keep the condensation down in your tent.   Hanging one of these in your tent will help to keep the tent, your gear and you dry.  Handles and hooks make it easy to hang.
You can see the spring through the opening in the base.  The spring keeps moving the candle up as it burns.  Through the window you can also see how much candle is left.  The candles that burn in these things are long-lasting.  I think each candle burns for about three hours.  They also come in citronella scented variety to keep bugs away.
To replace the candle you unscrew the base.

Here you see the base is unscrewed and removed.  Next you unscrew the black thing from where the candle sits.

You can see the stubby candle here.  When it runs down all the way you just put a new candle in the metal holder then stick the whole thing back in the lantern and tighten it up.
They don’t give off a lot of heat, but as many have blogged about, if you wrap yourself up pretty tight in a space blanket and poncho and keep one of these burning it’ll keep you from freezing to death.
They also give off enough heat to use the top of the lantern as a mini-stove.  You could definitely heat water or cocoa in a Sierra cup on the top of one of these.

This is the lantern closed up with the handle flipped down to keep it closed.  You can see how small it is, great for backpacking or a BOB.  It’s maybe 3-4” tall when closed.
These are great for power failures and because of the glass chimney they don’t get blown out by the wind.
I think the aluminum ones run for $15 or so and the brass maybe $20.  The candles are kind of expensive at maybe a buck a piece.  As with all candles you need to be careful.  Please don’t set yourself, your kids or your house on fire.

Gittin outside pics-

By now you should know this is a deer rubbing.  It looks like a little juniper to me.
And good deer tracks in the snow.

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3 Responses

  1. Ramesh

    Just wanted to say I loved the blog!

  2. Spook45

    OH YEA! Love the lil candle lantern. I have a red one like the one in the pic. I also have one thats fairly new made by coleman. It doesnt collapse like this one, which is the down side, but it works great and it is has its own design. I got it at walmart(yea I know, I try to avoid them too but sometimes….) and its glode has a cage around it. The globe also rotates and comes off for lighting and it only cost about $15. great pcs.

  3. Scott

    I used to kayak the boundary waters in the early fall. It can get cold up there. For about a decade I have used these candles in a 3lb tent with a fairly light sleeping bag. The candle does seem to generate a bit of heat. Since it folds up nice and isn’t that heavy it quickly became something I liked to carry along.

    Just be careful. Once without thinking I went to close it for the night and the lid burned the top skin layer of my thumb completely; Nasty burn, nasty smell.

    The wax run-off can be a bit messy too (to clean). You have to clean often to keep the spring system working smooth. Candle replacements make a difference too. some are not as good as others.

    Been through three units and dozens of candles. Recommended.


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