Candle recommendations

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slowworm

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I also make my own beeswax candles and found "WickWell NT Candle Wick" works well from these people:


I've yet to find a cheap household candle mould but have used this one for wine bottle candles or to use the candle the other way around.

 

MartiniDave

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I don't know anything about candle lanterns, but we like candles around the house for a bit of atmosphere. We've recently been using the stearin candles from Ikea. Good long burn time, very little smoke and no wax spill. Apparently they are theoretically edible, but I've not tried!

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Woody girl

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I use IKEA candles around the home too. I find they are much cheaper than prices candles, and I do like the 40 hour ones too. Too big for a lantern such as is spoken of, but I used IKEA candles for a week in an off grid cabin in sweden for a week, and though I had to put new standard ones in each night, they lasted well for an evening. The 40 hour ones nearly lasted a week.
I think its tallow candles you can eat not stearin ones. !!!
 

lou1661

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Ill have a look at those, thank you. Do you get much mess and waste with these? I seem to spend more time chipping the hard wax off than I do enjoying the light!


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I just got 4 1/4 hours of useable light out of mine. burned right down to the follower with no wax drips
 

MrEd

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I also make my own beeswax candles and found "WickWell NT Candle Wick" works well from these people:


I've yet to find a cheap household candle mould but have used this one for wine bottle candles or to use the candle the other way around.

I cast a mould in a big yoghurt pot using 1:1 silicon casting stuff. It’s made a pretty decent mould, and has worked much better than I thought.
I used a candle to form the mould hollow
 
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wales1

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I have had a uco and also own a bushlite. I do find in all honesty, that you get more light from a bushlite (no pun intended). I put that down to the taller globe which inevitably pulls a longer flame.

I use prices candles and yes, there is some wax clean up required and the trim down factor of the candles though hardly a majoe chore and to be honest... the reason I got shot of the UCO was due to the disappointment with the functional light it throws out. Yes there maybe argument that it's the ambience it's designed for, though why not get the ambience of candlelight and a little more brightness with the bushlite :)

Steve
 

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