Candles and Torches
by Tom Brown Jr.
Candles and torches can be manufactured easily
in a survival situation. Take either a cattail or a dried mullein stalk, or
any pithy stemmed plant and soak it for several hours in warm tallow. Make
sure that the tallow soaks up inside the plant. After soaking, bring the
stalks out to dry upside down. Wipe off the excess from the outside of the
stalks. Now, whenever you want a candle light the stalk and let it burn. A
cattail stalk will last from 6-8 hours if well saturated. A mullein will
probably last half that time. Other pithy stemmed stalks such as sedge,
burdock, giant ragweed, etc. will produce serviceable candles that can last up
to 6 hours.
From The Tracker magazine, Summer 1982,
published by the Tracker School.
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