by Todd Walker
Three years ago I read a Survival Blog article about a company selling brass plated burners, wicks, and globes that convert a standard canning jar into an oil lamp.
Dirt Road Girl and I had already planned a trip to the mountains that year when I discovered the North Carolina company was on the same road we were traveling.
We dropped in.
Southern Lamp and Supply is run by two brothers working out of an old metal building on the side of the road with wall to wall lamps, wicks, and other preparedness lighting needs. They don’t see many walk-in customers. Since we weren’t wearing UPS brown, the first bearded brother we saw asked if he could help us. We could tell he thought we were lost and looking for directions to a more exotic destination.
I assured him we weren’t lost and said we saw his lamps on Survival Blog.
“Ah, yes. We’ve been swamped with orders since we got mentioned there,” he said with a slight grin.
I asked if he had any left. He told us to wait over by the paper-cluttered counter top supporting a computer as he wound his way deep into the isles of his dusty storehouse.
He returned a few minutes later with a couple of boxes. He opened the box tops that had been folded shut.
“How many you folks want?”
We walked out with 10 mason jar cap burners, wicks included, extra wicks, and 10 hooded glass chimneys. My memory may not be that accurate, but I think we paid under $40 for everything. That was 3 years ago with no shipping.
Now you can make an emergency oil lamp in 5 minutes with a mint tin, cotton twine, and olive oil. They’re functional and, as DRG says, just so cute.
But for long-term use, you might want to have several sturdy, dependable, oil lamps available. We pick them up at yard sales when we find them.
We gave away mason jar burner lamps as gifts to family. The rest is in our emergency lighting supply cabinet.
What’s great about these lamps is their inexpensive and screw securely on mason jars. I just checked their website and the burners run three bucks and the glass chimneys cost $7.95 each.
This a great way to add emergency lighting to your preps. They’d also make great barter items.
SmartPrepper Tip: Stock up on kerosene and lamp oil before the herd strips store shelves bare. As always, if any open flame is forced into service in your home, use extra caution – especially with young children. Always place lit lamps on a stable elevated surface.
Keep doing the stuff,
Had a great time being interviewed by Joyce Pierce on her radio show Tuesday! The show will be available the first part of September. I’ll post a link for anyone interested in listening.
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- 100 Clever Ways to Repurpose Mason Jars (brit.co)
- How To Make Your Own Olive Oil Lamp and Cut Toxins In Your Air Down (emergencyhomesteader.com)