It's really very easy to make an oil lamp out of a mason jar or really any kind of jar with a metal lid. You never know when you might need a light like this, either due to a power outage, or lights for your patio, or even a lights for camping. It is a good thing to know, just in case.
Updated for 2018!
Glass jar with a metal lid
Strip of cotton, pure linen or a premade wick
Smallish metal nut (optional)
Oil - any type of cooking oil is ok, vegetable oil, corn oil (or lamp oil, of course)
Soak the wick in oil
Drive a small nail through the lid, in the middle to create a hole
You can fill the jar with oil, or if you prefer, you can fill the jar half with water and then pour oil on top, the oil will stay on top
You must pour the oil up very close to the lid, it will help keep the wick lit
Pull the wick through the hole in the lid, and through the metal nut
Press the nut down flush with the lid (I usually glue my nut to the lid with E6000 but you don't have to)
Let the wick stick up past the nut about an inch
Drop the rest of the wick down into the oil and screw the lid on tightly
If you have trouble getting it to stay lit, make sure the wick is throughly oil soaked and the oil is close to the top of the jar, directly under the lid
It's always better if you have some type of glass globe to put over this light as an open flame is always a fire hazard. If you don't have one, I highly recommend getting a fire extinguisher, just in case.
Have a great day,
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