About ten years ago I was in the unenviable position of having gone into the bush with no flashlight during a late fall campout. Aside from the fact that this was a pretty stupid thing to do when camping alone, I needed to come up with some kind of light or go to bed at 6:00 pm when full dark came on.
I tried a few different things with varying levels of success, then I remembered something I’d read in one of my survival books about making a lamp out of a bowl shaped rock and some oil. Well, I didn’t have a rock that fit that description, but I was camping on a lake, so I looked around on the beach until I found a couple of clamshells that weren’t broken.
For a wick I tore a small piece off my cotton towel about two inches long and laid it in the shell. Then I cooked up some of the bacon I’d brought for breakfast and poured the grease into the lamp on top of my make-shift wick.
Bingo! Instant light. I made a couple of these and they burned quite well through the evening with just a refill or two.
In the video I found some mussel shells, which are better than clamshells because they’re a little thicker, and used a piece of cotton t-shirt as the wick. It made a beautiful flame and I’m looking forward to trying it out soon.
Have you ever made your own light in the field?
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