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Monthly Project - February 2014
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:18:50 AM »
I would like to start with an apology, I've been working on this month's project for about 2 weeks and it's still not finished so I have a "stand in piece" until I can get it done.

February 2014 Monthly Project will be to make a Lamp.

The lamp pictured as I said is just an example of what I'm getting at.  I didn't make this lamp I got in Israel many years ago I believe it's made of terracotta, I used olive oil as the fuel and a bit of hemp cordage for the wick.  The guidelines for this project are to make a lamp it can be out of any material you want,  any liquid fuel and any natural material as a wick.



It put's out a good amount of light and heat.



I decided on this as a project when I built my Quinzhee, small lamps like this are perfect for not only lighting in such a shelter but an excellent source for heat.  I'll be posting my intended lamp for this project soon hopefully!   :-[

Looking forward to seeing your Lamps!   :D   

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014, 01:25:02 PM »
this is one i did a while back, but i'll post this for now. hopefully i can get around to making one this month. cool project WW

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2014, 01:36:21 PM »
Is that a wood burl BH? 

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2014, 01:37:40 PM »
nope, just a maple branch carved into a bowl
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2014, 01:38:36 PM »
nope, just a maple branch carved into a bowl

Very cool!   :thumbsup:

BTW, congrats on your 1000th post man!   ;)

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2014, 06:57:47 PM »
Here is one I made last year from a found sandstone. The outer shell was pretty hard with the inner part like chalk and easy to dig out. All you do is load it with pine pitch and some type of wick and lite it. If the wick falls down just add a small stone to hold the wick up.

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2014, 07:32:44 PM »
Hey, that's nice.

I've been wondering about these monthly projects. I feel like I missed the boat.

Do you care if I do some of the others, whose time has past, or should I stick to current ones?
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2014, 04:54:58 AM »
have at it weedeater. those old ones are all fair . no time requirements...
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2014, 09:38:27 AM »
Since others are showing stuff made previously, I'll throw this in.
It's deer tallow, butcher twine for a wick, and the container is a hollowed out deer hoof.


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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2014, 09:41:21 AM »
Since others are showing stuff made previously, I'll throw this in.
It's deer tallow, butcher twine for a wick, and the container is a hollowed out deer hoof.



With some twisted hemp or nettle cordage that would be pure paleo, Ol'P  :thumbsup:
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2014, 10:00:41 AM »
I have a gallon jar filled with butter and horse clam shells. Perfect for oil lamps, if you don't knock 'em over!
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2014, 02:30:23 PM »
The slope of that hoof is perfect for the wick!

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2014, 02:51:24 PM »
The slope of that hoof is perfect for the wick!
My guess is, the aroma wafting through the room is at the opposite end of the perfection spectrum. :lol:
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2014, 03:15:28 PM »
The slope of that hoof is perfect for the wick!
My guess is, the aroma wafting through the room is at the opposite end of the perfection spectrum. :lol:
:rofl: It burned for several minutes, but I put it out before the hoof started smoldering. It may be just me, but I think the smell of melting tallow is a LOT better than paraffin/candle wax!
The problem with tallow candles is they can turn to crap in the heat of summer. A 1:2 mix (wax:tallow) with beeswax makes for a good candle, and stretches the beeswax farther.
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2014, 02:54:29 PM »
I am currently trying to make one of these I seem to be having a bit of trouble cause my wick seems to be burning to fast like a candle. I thought a lamps wick lasted a lot longer


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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2014, 04:52:06 PM »
I am currently trying to make one of these I seem to be having a bit of trouble cause my wick seems to be burning to fast like a candle. I thought a lamps wick lasted a lot longer


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These types of lamps require a certain amount of 'fiddling' with to design and use.  Even a betty lamp is a learning experience and it's DESIGNED to burn correctly.  With a primitive lamp it helps to have a vertical side with a well-defined sharp edge for the wick to lay against.  The wick should be fully submerged in the fuel of choice with just the well-trimmed portion you wish to bear the flame, above the sharp edge.   This is supposed to prevent the flame from spreading down further on the wick.  Keep it full to keep the portion you don't want to burn, submerged fully......constant ly add bits of rendered fat or oil to keep it at that level.  A well trimmed or flattened end will produce a less yellow & smoky flame.  Do not expect it to burn evenly without constant tending and attention.   It ain't a Coleman! 8)
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2014, 08:55:40 PM »
Ty Wolfy!


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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2014, 03:05:35 PM »
Challenge Accepted.

Here's what I came up with.
I took a mahogany block, burned out a hollow in it, and coated the inside with wax. Drilled out a hole, and epoxied a piece of aluminum tubing in the hole. Inserted a piece of jute twine for a wick. Filled it up with some tiki torch oil...and presto....oil lamp. When filled it will burn for a long time. I got tired of waiting, and blew it out.



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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2014, 09:15:04 AM »
Nice little oil burner BD!   :thumbsup:

I gotta get my butt in gear and get mine finished!   :-[

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2014, 08:54:14 PM »
FINALLY, I finished my Lamp!

This has been a long time coming because the only time I could work on it was when the temperature out in my shop was tolerable, it was about 32 degrees F today so I committed to completing it.  A few weeks back I made a Quinzhee and I was toying with the idea of a traditional lamp that would not only illuminate my shelter but provide a decent amount of warmth so I set out to make a traditional Inuit Kudlik from a block of soapstone.  So I went out to the local craft store and purchased a small block of soapstone and some carving instruments.



I began by shaping the block to a traditional shape which seems to be crescent-like (or D shaped) with a hack saw I trimmed the corners off.



Then I used a bastard file to smooth the cuts.



The block was a bit too thick so I cut a third of it off.



Then I scribed an outline with a compass for the reservoir to hold my oil.



I used a varying array of metal implement to carve the reservoir out...  This process produced a lot of talcum like powder that got everywhere.



I finished the process this morning by smoothing the edges with varying grits of sand paper.



I didn't have any whale or seal blubber on hand so I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil as my fuel and a paper towel as my wick, traditionally Arctic Cottongrass or Moss was used.  I pounded a few wooden stakes into the snow to form a tripod to keep the Kudlik from melting the snow and spilling the oil.



I found it hard to believe that the Inuit would be able to not only heat their Igloo's but dry their cloths and brew up coffee, but after making a Kudlik and lighting it I can see this is a sufficient heat source.



I just love how the flames dance across the edge of the Kudlik, it's almost mesmerizing...



This has been a very rewarding project for me as I'm sure it has been for all of you who participated and shared this month.
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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2014, 09:52:32 PM »
FINALLY, I finished my Lamp!

This has been a long time coming because the only time I could work on it was when the temperature out in my shop was tolerable, it was about 32 degrees F today so I committed to completing it.  A few weeks back I made a Quinzhee and I was toying with the idea of a traditional lamp that would not only illuminate my shelter but provide a decent amount of warmth so I set out to make a traditional Inuit Kudlik from a block of soapstone.  So I went out to the local craft store and purchased a small block of soapstone and some carving instruments.



Very nice, I gotta try that soapstone thing.
If you burn seal fat in that kudlik, it will really put out some heat. So hot you'll be sweating in a decent shelter. I stayed in a wikiup one night with a friend in colorado and he had one with a big chunk of seal or whale fat he got someplace...it nearly roasted us.

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Re: Monthly Project - February 2014
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2014, 07:32:37 AM »
FINALLY, I finished my Lamp!

This has been a long time coming because the only time I could work on it was when the temperature out in my shop was tolerable, it was about 32 degrees F today so I committed to completing it.  A few weeks back I made a Quinzhee and I was toying with the idea of a traditional lamp that would not only illuminate my shelter but provide a decent amount of warmth so I set out to make a traditional Inuit Kudlik from a block of soapstone.  So I went out to the local craft store and purchased a small block of soapstone and some carving instruments.



Very nice, I gotta try that soapstone thing.
If you burn seal fat in that kudlik, it will really put out some heat. So hot you'll be sweating in a decent shelter. I stayed in a wikiup one night with a friend in colorado and he had one with a big chunk of seal or whale fat he got someplace...it nearly roasted us.

I'd love to get some whale or seal blubber to test it out but I don't know any guys that hunt seal or whale...   :(

Believe it or not this little Kudlik would probably raise the temp inside my one man Quinzhee too much and it'd be way too wet.  This is definitely sufficient to heat a larger two man shelter.  The heat output is so great I'm going to try to brew up some coffee over it...     
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