If you are planning to rely on store-bought candles for when the lights go out, you may be in for a surprise. These candles are made for beauty and scent, not for practical purposes, and they will burn out quickly.

They can also be very expensive. You can easily make cheaper candles that are much better quality right at home.

One of the secrets to these candles is making them out of soy wax. Soy will burn longer than other waxes. These candles will get you a minimum of 40 hours.

Materials & Tools

  • Double boiler or a stove pot and smaller metal bowl
  • Glass funnel or lipped glass bowl (you can use a glass measuring cup)
  • Protective gloves
  • Scissors
  • 6 lbs. of soy wax flakes
  • 12 eight-ounce glass jars
  • 12 wicks
  • 12 tabs


Preparation for Long-Burning Candles

  1. Put the tabs on the wicks.
  2. Put the wicks into the glass jars and cut the wicks so they are just taller than the jars.

Instructions for Long-Burning Candles

  1. Use the double boiler to slowly melt the wax or fill the stove pot with water and bring it to medium-high heat. Fill the smaller bowl with wax flakes and place that in the water, making sure it doesn’t sink.
  2. Increase the heat slowly until the wax is melted.
  3. Put on the gloves. Use the funnel to pour the wax straight into the jars. Or, pour the wax into a glass measuring cup, or something with a lip, and then into the jars.
  4. Straighten the wicks and leave the candles to solidify.
  5. Before use, trim the wicks to a ¼ inch above the wax.

Maintaining the candles is essential to keeping them burning as long as possible.

First, you should only burn them for four hours at a time. If you need light for longer, you should light up a second one and let the first solidify before using it again.

Second, after using the candle, allow the wax to fully cool and then trip the wick by ¼ inch.

Build up your stock for a worst-case scenario, because as you know, during bad storms, it could be days before the power goes back on. Look at how many rooms you will need to supply lighting for and have a supply ready to go for at least three days without power. This should ensure your home stays lit when everyone else is out looking for batteries for their flashlight.

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