Today we are going to create a oil lamp
using two common kitchen items:
an orange, and olive oil.
[1 minute orange lamp]
The first thing we need to do
is to create a vessel
to hold the oil that will be burning off
We can do this very easily
by carefully cutting into an orange
just beyong the peel.
Once you’ve made a careful incision
across the circumference of the orange
put your finger under the peel
and liberate the delicious treasure from its orangy prison.
Put it aside for later eating.
Now you gonna want to do this part very carefully
because you wanna keep the stem of the fruit intact.
Grab some olive oil and fill
the orange peel up about half way.
Make sure to get some oil on the wick itself.
The orange stem will suck the oil
up to the tip on its own
via the act of capillary reaction
but this is gonna help you
light it on a little bit easier.
Now if you are looking for
extra shielding from the wind
you can even take the top potion of your orange peel
and cut it into a makeshift airshield.
This also gives the lamp a nice glowing effect.
It will take a good 20 to 30 seconds to get the lamp to light
so be very patient.
Once lit if you look close
to the end of the stem and the flame
you’ll notice a small gap in between the two.
This is actually will makes the wick last
in the oil based lamp.
As the oil vapors travel to the top of the stem
they ignite slightly before the wick is fully engulfed.
Of course the wick won’t last forever
due to its close proximity to the flame.
but a simple lamp like this should give you
a good 6 to 8 hours or possibly more.
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