How to make a lamp out of oil and yarn

Making an oil lamp with just a few simple things

Here’s a quick and easy way to use com­mon house­hold ma­te­ri­als to make a real oil lamp – one that can keep you warm through the com­ing win­ter nights.

Ma­te­ri­als and reagents

  • sun­flow­er oil;
  • wool yarn;
  • glass jar;
  • foil;
  • screw­driv­er.

Step-by-step in­struc­tions

Use some foil to make a small lid. Poke a hole in the cen­ter of the foil with the screw­driv­er. Draw the wool yarn through the hole. Fill the glass jar with sun­flow­er oil and cov­er it tight­ly with the foil, keep­ing the yarn in place. Wait 15 min­utes for the yarn to ab­sorb some of the oil. Light the oiled yarn.

Pro­cess­es de­scrip­tion

The thick wool yarn – the thick­er the bet­ter – serves as the wick for the lamp. It eas­i­ly ab­sorbs sub­stances such as oils and oth­er liq­uids, draw­ing them up­wards. When the oiled wick is lit, the oil evap­o­rates quick­ly and its va­por be­gins to burn. Oxy­gen from the sur­round­ing air sup­ports the com­bus­tion of the oil va­por. This same va­por keeps the oxy­gen from reach­ing the wick it­self, so the oiled wick chars slow­ly rather than burn­ing out­right. Such a lamp will burn as long as it has oil in it!

Be sure to ob­serve all rel­e­vant safe­ty pre­cau­tions when work­ing with fire.