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Hacker Olive Oil Lamp Crafted From Home Materials


In loom of the recent and persisting hurricane season I present a "Hacker's Olive Oil Lamp"!

YES, this lamp is ...

  • Fun and simple to build
  • Fun and simple to use
  • Easy to Cleanup
  • Gentle on environment
  • Energy efficient (1 cup ~= 16 hours)
  • Safe (flame smothers if lamp tips over)


  • Odor
  • Smoke
  • Heat near base
  • Cost (household materials)
  • Waste (Store and seal oil in lamp with jar top)


  • 1x Pickle jar with lid
  • 1x Washcloth 100% cotton
  • 1x Steel wire (salvaged from paint can handle)
  • 2x Cups of olive oil


  • Needle nose plyers
  • Scissors

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