Just In Case…Emergency Light & Heat, Ingenious!


In an emergency, a crayon will burn for 30 minutes…do not show this picture to your kids!!! If my son would have seen this, he would have tried it for sure!


If your power is off or worse…a nature disiaster…you can make your own “Sterno” at home for heating water or a can of Alpha-Getti (barf). It is an open flame. By that I mean OPEN FLAME! Especially when initially lit. The flame starts out tall and then gets shorter. Never to be put where it can tip over, get knocked over, be around children.
•Large metal can & its lid
•Roll of toilet paper
•Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
How To Make:
Clean The Can: You need a large clean metal can (I used Kirkland Coffee Can) and it’s lid.
The Toilet Paper: Remove the cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll. Fold the TP roll in half length wise and then in half again (you’re crushing the roll and making it as compact as possible). Insert the roll of toilet paper into the can. Wrap additional toilet paper around your hand (making a mini-roll of TP) and compact in the same way you did the large roll – use this to fill in any spaces. Repeat until you have the can tightly packed with toilet paper.
Adding Alcohol: Slowly pour the isopropyl alcohol over over the TP in the can until the TP is saturated. Approx 2 bottles.
Hold a match to the alcohol. It should light right up. This will burn for quite some time. To put the flame out simply lay the lid on top of the flame.

After several uses you see a bit of charring on the TP & some blue candle wax from lighting it.

You will need to hold the pot above the flame or use a rack (cookie cooling rack would work)(resting the pot on the flame will put it out).


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. whatthemom
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 07:45:34

    Great tip with the crayon. Our power goes out here a lot, and now if I’m not prepared, at least I know I have crayons!


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