|DIY Buddy Burners or Emergency Fuel Sources|
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See?! I told you I'd get these done this month! Just in case you are wondering what "these" things are let me fill you in. These are called Buddy Burners. They are emergency fuel sources that can burn for about 2 hours each. They are usually put inside a of #10 can with a small cutout, while lit, so that they can heat the #10 can's surface - creating a nice makeshift stove while camping or enduring an emergency of some kind. Because the paraffin wax is flammable, the whole top surface of these cans will light once you get them going.
They cost between $5-8 a piece if you buy them online. Or they cost about a $1 a piece if you make them yourself. We bought a 10lb. slab of paraffin wax from Hobby Lobby for $21.93, with shipping. The rest of the supplies we acquired over time (tuna fish cans, and cardboard boxes.)
A ten pound slab of paraffin will make about 20 or so Buddy Burners. (We made 16 with about 3/4 of our slab, but ran out of cans to fill.) The whole process took us about 5 hours from start to finish. Hopefully this blog post could help the process go a bit faster for you!
Here's how you make your very own buddy burners at home:
|Measure those tuna cans!|
|Strip on left side - WRONG. Strip on right side - CORRECT.|
|Cans ready for wax.|
|Or, just chisel up Daddy's workbench. That works, too. ;)|
|The chiseled paraffin wax pieces.|
Step #4: Prepare a double boiler to melt the wax. I used my pot, steamer insert, and three glass jars. Melt the wax inside the glass jars until it is completely clear.
|Just getting started. . .|
|Almost ready to be poured! Just a few more pieces to melt.|
|Keep a scraper handy to scrape up and remelt spilt wax. Waste not, want not!|
**Tips: Make sure the paraffin wax is completely clear and melted before you start to pour! I made the mistake of being too impatient, and pouring when it was only halfway there and this was the result - it dried up at the top before the wax could drip down and fill all the holes! Also, remember to just pour from the center. The hot wax will fill each round of holes and spill over to the next without you having to pour all over the place. Just keep pouring from the center, slow and steady.
|What your buddy burners will look like if you don't follow my tips.|
|See the difference between them? Have patience and pour from the center.|
|Wax-filled buddy burners, just cooling off. :)|