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[pct-l] Re: [at-l] Alcohol Lantern Design Theory

vichanson@juno.com writes:

<< When it worked "right" I just got a small blue flame that
 didn't put out any usable light. The only time there was any usable light
 was when the wick was burning up, then there was a yellow flame but of
 course it only lasted a few minutes till the wick was gone. >>

Sounds like a candle would work better, especially one that is inside a
suitable chimney.  Many backpacking candle lanterns are available.

However, if you want to use a fuel that you are already carrying, have you
tried dropping a floating wick into a small container of canola or olive oil?
 No, I haven't tried it, but I've seen vegetable oil "candles" that put out
quite a bit of light.  About as much as a real candle.  Still, a good old
tallow candle seems more practical.