Prepper Book Festival 12: Alcohol Mantle Lamps

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When it comes to emergency lighting, I am the first to raise my hand to try out the newest and bestest lighting gizmo out there.  It is not that I am a gizmo-junkie but rather I don’t like pitch black darkness.  As a result, I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting and who better to learn from than my pal Ron Brown, author of the The Non-Electric Light Series of books and e-books.

Today I introduce Book 8, Alcohol Mantle Lamps.  I do believe this is the final book in the Non Electric Lighting Series but with Ron, you never know. 

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Probably the best introduction I can provide for this book is to quote what I wrote for the foreword:

There is indeed always a blackout somewhere. It might be local and affect just your city. Or it could be big, manmade, caused by war, and impact your whole country. Or it could be humongous, a natural EMP event (electromagnetic pulse) that shuts down your whole continent. For life.

But, big or small, there’s always a blackout somewhere.

Alcohol mantle lamps, the topic of this book, produce light on par with a 100-watt electric light bulb. And alcohol, not being a petroleum product, can be produced locally (like moonshine whiskey). That’s what happened in Europe during World War Two. With petroleum rationing, high-proof bootleg was produced and used in lamps and lanterns.

I know. I know. What a waste.

But still, you don’t have to work by candlelight even in the worst of times. You can have the equivalent of a 100-watt light bulb. That’s certainly worth knowing how. This book reveals how “ya do the doin”. I suggest you read it and tuck it away for future reference. I agree with Ron that alcohol is perhaps the ultimate survival fuel.

Because I feel the Non-Electric Lighting Series is so important to our understanding of emergency lighting, I have asked Ron to give away a copy of the complete, eight book series to two lucky readers.  Please note that this giveaway is for the eBook version which, using the free Amazon App, can be read on a PC, Laptop, eReader, or smartphone.

By now you know that Ron writes with wit and humor and this interview is no exception. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Ron Brown, Author of Alcohol Mantle Lamps

Was there one single event or point in time at which you decided to become a prepper?

Interesting question. I retired at age 62, in 2002, and began collecting Social Security. A year later I was pleasantly surprised with a job offer I couldn’t refuse . . . in Toronto. So at the start of August 2003 my wife and I picked up stakes and fled the country. In a manner of speaking.

The company wanted me to hit the ground running and not waste time on personal trifles like housing. So they put us up in a furnished condo – furnished right down to bedding on the beds and silverware in the kitchen drawer – plus pool privileges and maid service one day a week. We brought nothing with us but our clothes.

My start date was August 1, 2003. Two weeks later, on August 14, the lights went out all over the northeast U.S. and much of Canada. My wife and I had no lights and no backup lights. Not even a candle. When it got dark we went to bed. We had very little food in the cupboard. We didn’t have enough gas in the car to make it back to the border. We couldn’t buy anything because the cash registers didn’t work. Not to mention we didn’t have much Canadian cash.

Going from Social Security to $10,000 a month had been heady stuff. But suddenly we didn’t feel so rich any more. My wife later confessed how close she had been to begging me. “Let’s go home. I don’t care about the job. I don’t care about the money. I’m scared. Let’s get the hell out of here.”

Fortunately the lights were back on in a few days. And that was a good thing, a wonderful thing, because I was getting a little scared myself.

We got through it without incident but I realized how foolish we’d been to settle in a foreign country with no preps whatsoever. We were at the mercy of the power grid and the ATM’s. I was determined to never be in that position again.

It was an epiphany of sorts, a religious conversion. I became a prepper on August 14, 2003 at 4:10 p.m. EDT. Halleluiah, Sister! Amen.

Most preppers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry). What items do you carry with you at all times?

#1. Being a man (meaning I don’t carry a purse or handbag), all EDC items must fit in my pants pocket. And some stuff I’ve carried for many years. One such item is a small LED flashlight on my key ring. The 2003 blackout when I worked in Canada? Well, that little flashlight guided me plus three other people to safety through a pitch black factory, around silent fork trucks and stalled conveyor belts, and out to the parking lot. It was daylight outside but inky black inside. Thank God for keychain LED flashlights.

#2 “Papers please,” was the old Nazi phrase. You do have a driver’s license, Social Security card, credit card, passport, birth certificate, insurance papers, and deed to your house . . . yes? So let’s take those documents and scan them into our computer . . . and save them as jpeg files . . . and put them on an SD card (such as is used in a digital camera) . . . and put the SD card (in its own plastic case) inside a “smalls” Altoids tin (to protect against EMP as well as physical damage) . . . and carry that tin in our pocket.

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It’s doubtful, even in a crises, that the entire world will be blacked out. There will be a computer somewhere with which to access those jpegs. And you’ll find it comforting to have those documents with you . . . when you’re at work and a terrorist attack forces you to flee and it’s months before you make it back to your house . . . whereupon you discover that squatters have taken up residence. “Oh. This is your house? Prove it.”

My own Altoids tin, in addition to an SD card, holds a bit of medicine (prednisone, hydrocodone), a $50 bill, and two pieces of .9999-pure silver wire (with which to make colloidal silver if necessary). I’m sure I can scrounge the other stuff (batteries and wires) but the silver itself is irreplaceable and indispensable.

#3 A Swiss army knife. One with lots of tools and gadgets, the more the merrier.

#4 Knowledge. This is the real Every Day Carry. How to deliver a baby. How to improvise an olive oil lamp. How to kill and pluck and eviscerate a bird. How to check for appendicitis or testicular hernia. How to jump start a car. How to read a compass. How to speak a foreign language. How to sharpen a chain saw. How to use a spreadsheet. How to refill a one-lb. propane cylinder from a 20-lb. tank. How to swim, ride a bike, harness a horse, drive a standard. Edible wild plants. Hobo symbols. Nixtamalization of corn. Morse code … — …

KNOWLEDGE is your primary EDC. Don’t leave home without it. Think of it this way. If somebody swiped your cell phone, if it just suddenly and totally vanished – and all the aps that go with it, from Google to Facebook to GPS – what would you be left with? Answer: What you would be left with is what you already carry between your ears, nothing more. Second question. How far will that get you?

Have you ever lived through a real disaster and therefore had to live on your preps?

Have I lived through a “real” disaster? Not as most people would define it. I live in an area of the country (upstate New York; not to be confused with New York City) where the weather is rather blah (lots of gray skies) but neither does it have great extremes. We don’t have earthquakes, volcanoes, or tsunamis. Nor, so far, have we seen war or the meltdown of a nuclear plant.

The closest I’ve ever come to a “real” disaster was back in my early twenties. We had a power outage that lasted a week. It was winter. I was single, at home with my parents. My girlfriend and her mother (a widow) moved in with us for the duration. Blackouts, I discovered, can be very . . . uh . . . educational. Fun even.

Does that count?

Bugging out poses a major dilemma for many preppers. Family obligations, money, jobs, and health considerations all play a role in the bug-out, bug-in decision. What advice do you have on the bug-in, bug-out issue?

This is a tough one. My personal inclination is to stay put, to bug in. This is where I have a stash of food, tools, books, and friends. On the other hand, I know that bugging out might someday be a necessity. In 2011 there was serious flooding throughout our entire area. As a result, our car was packed and ready to go. Another 24 hours of rain would have seen us perched on a hill overlooking the village, sleeping in the car.

Down the road from us are some railroad tracks. Not much used these days but a simple accident with a spill of toxic chemicals would see us evacuate PDQ.

We live in an area with fracking potential. There are neighboring farmers who, until recently, were paid $1000 per acre per year for fracking rights on their land. Then New York State banned fracking. For now. But I suspect it will someday make a comeback. So here I am on my snug little homestead. Until fracking poisons my well or causes it to go dry. I can’t live here without water.

On the other hand, if my basic plan was to bug out in a SHTF scenario, I could well face insurmountable problems. Roads clogged with stalled vehicles that have simply run out of gas. Or my wife’s water just broke and she is giving birth as we speak. Or my mother is in a local nursing home. Am I really going to abandon her?

So I guess the message is to not put all your eggs in one basket. Sometimes you will be forced to do one thing; sometimes another.

For bugging out, pick out a few destinations and, for each one, make the actual drive. How long does it take? Can you detour around bridges and other potential choke points? Check ’em out, up close and personal. Preposition a box of clothes and shoes at each intended destination. And talk it over with the people involved. Ahead of time. You don’t want to evacuate to your sister’s house a hundred miles away only to find out she’s now waiting for you at your house.

For bugging in, your original choice of housing is very important. In hi-rise condos, for example, I’m advised that home invasions don’t occur above the fifth floor. But higher is not always better. Most cities use water towers to supply water. A pump runs 24 hours a day to keep the city’s tower full, then the water to your home is supplied from the tower by gravity. If you live in a hi-rise, there will be some floor or other equal in elevation to the water tower. Above that point, gravity-fed water will not exist. And, in a blackout, the pump located in the basement of the hi-rise will not supply you with water either. A few questions to the building’s management or maintenance crew should clarify.

Personally, I think that ten floors is far too far to carry food and water on a daily basis. And 25 floors……? You gotta be kidding. At the very least, make some friends on lower floors or that live in the suburbs in single-family dwellings. Repeat after me: “You’re only as strong as your friends are.”

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What specifically would you like Backdoor Survival readers to learn from your book?

What do I want my readers to learn? Well, in the vernacular, I want them to embrace the notion that there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

If your objective is to produce LIGHT, then the generation of light should be the criterion by which a lighting method is judged.

But more than one reader will object that my method is no good because it’s not the way Grandpa did it. Well . . . my objective is not to match Grandpa. My objective is to produce light.

Many, many people cannot extricate themselves from this mental puddle of glue in which their thinking gets stuck.

The book under discussion here is Alcohol Mantle Lamps. The typical American thinks of “alcohol lamps” as little heaters with all-but-invisible flames that operate under test tubes in Gilbert high-school chemistry sets. You want me to read a book with that? Don’t be ridiculous.

But in fact, mantle lamps burning alcohol can produce light equal to a 100-watt lightbulb. Europeans know this (e.g. Titus-Landi lamps of France and Primus lanterns of Sweden). But Americans don’t know this. We’ve lived in the shadow of Standard Oil for generations.

And alcohol doesn’t degrade in storage as petroleum fuels do. And alcohol produces virtually no carbon monoxide when burning; it’s the safest fuel to use inside. So, in essence, it’s now it’s my job to convince an American reader that he doesn’t already know everything. How fun is that?

The Giveaway

For this giveaway, Ron has reserved two complete sets of the e-book version of his Non-Electric Lighting Series, including today’s featured book, Alcohol Mantle Lamps.  There will be two winners.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Kerosene, propane, Coleman gas, and alcohol are just some of the fuels that can be used to power emergency lighting.  There are also various other lamp fuels, common household oil, candles,batteries and of course solar panels that can be used to power flashlights, lanterns, and other forms of emergency lighting.

All I can say is this: whatever the source, plan now so that you are not left in the dark!

lFor more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

This is Book 8 in The Non-Electric Lighting Series. The series as a whole is aimed at people who want to survive whatever Mother Nature throws at us – blizzards, blackouts, or Carrington events.

Unfortunately, when we get to “alcohol lamps,” the term conjures up a vision of a lab-type lamp with a small wick and almost invisible flame. Alcohol MANTLE lamps, the subject of this book, are a different animal altogether. Lanterns that use mantles produce light on par with electric light bulbs.

As a lamp fuel, alcohol has some advantages over petroleum-based fuels.

For one thing, alcohol does not degrade in storage. For another, alcohol produces less carbon monoxide than a petroleum-based fuel (ANY petroleum-based fuel) making it a better choice for indoor use. Third, in an emergency situation, alcohol (as lamp fuel) can supply a solution that most people are not aware even exists. You can pick up some rubbing alcohol while they are searching for propane cylinders. (Although you do need the appropriate lantern, of course. You cannot just dump alcohol in your Coleman and burn it.)

Lastly, alcohol is perhaps the ultimate survival fuel. In Europe, World War Two saw many restrictions on petroleum products. So farmers made what was essentially high-proof moonshine and burned it in their lanterns.

This information in this book is something you should have tucked away for future reference. Are you interested in prepping? This is prepping.

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When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
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Prepper Book Festival 12: Alcohol Mantle Lamps — 72 Comments

  1. We have tried to plan for various methods of lighting, cooking, heat, etc. We know it’s better not to count on one thing. We also try to have portable applications along with more stationary methods. Thanks Gaye – have a great day. – Keep Looking UP

  2. I have never seen or used an alcohol lamp and find it fascinating it will produce 100 watts, which is much more than I expected. Ron’s book sounds like a real winner and I need to learn more about this type of lighting.

  3. I want to learn how to maintain my lamps How to make wicks (if its possible) when things go south. Wont be able to run out to the nearest sports store and pick them up. What is the best lamp, How much fuel can I store and how long I can store it for.
    IF it’s in the book, how to make the shine to fuel the lamps. No one left in my family that made it and ran it in the 20’s and 30’s,:) LOL Rumor in my family was Great Grandfather “helped” get booze from Canada across the Detroit River and supposedly made beer as well.

    • Kathy, you ask some very good questions. Unfortunately, how to produce moonshine or “shine” is not in the book. It was just too much of a tangent. You can, however, Google for “How to make moonshine” and take your pick from 7 million results (literally). How much fuel can you (legally) store? That depends on the kind of fuel and on the containers you use and on your local zoning laws and on OSHA. Google, Google, Google. How long will the fuel last? Depends on the fuel. Alcohol does not degrade. Gasoline degrades quickly. What was that word again? Oh yeah. Google. How to make wicks? Book 4 (“Kerosene Lamps”) of The Non-Electric Lighting Series tells how to improvise wicks. Of course “wicks” are not the same as “mantles.” But you knew that.

      What is the best lamp? For my money, you need to think about what kind of FUEL you are most likely to have in a crises (white gas, diesel, kerosene, alcohol, etc.) and then gear up with lanterns (and spare parts) that will burn that fuel.

      Again, regarding the “best lamp” question, please know that all new lanterns made today are of junky, made-in-China quality. Lamp design is not the issue. Quality is the issue. Buy a lamp only where you can for-sure return it (e.g. Walmart or on Amazon with an Amazon credit card). You may be better off with a used lamp from eBay (where the seller has a 100% satisfaction rating). When you get any new lamp, try it out immediately. If you don’t like it, return it. If you do like it, keep it. THAT is how you’ll get the “best” lamp. Look at the lamp’s actual PERFORMANCE and not the hype/advertising/propaganda surrounding it.

      • Thank you Ron
        Appreciate the information Was intrigued about being able to produce the fuel for the mantle lamps and thought it might have been touched on in the book.
        Yes I meant making mantles, sorry I was thinking mantles and typed wicks. I was having a brain drain today. I have been trying to hit some of the “farm” estate sales looking for different types of lamps for my “stash” AND how to use them efficiently.

  4. I agree that knowledge is your most important asset. It provides you with solutions to problems, and makes you an asset to your group or another group that you want to join. As an individual with a chronic illness, I know that my greatest area of value is my knowledge in multiple areas, and my ability to improvise solutions to problems. This lighting series would be of great use to any individual, and a huge asset to any group.

  5. I would love to learn about any and all emergency lighting. I am new to prepping but scared that all I’ve done won’t be enough. I’m learning and growing!

  6. I’d like to learn which kind of alcohol is best to use (booze, rubbing alcohol,etc) & how an alcohol lamp differs from an oil lamp.

    • Barbara, I think your question about the kind of alcohol to use is answered in my response to Mylinda (below). Regarding your second question on how an alcohol lamp differs from an oil lamp, please know that the “alcohol lamp” under discussion here is a pressurized lamp with a mantle, similar to a Coleman lantern. It is not a wick-type lamp. With a wick lamp, you see by the light of the flame – actually by specks of carbon in the flame glowing from the heat of the flame. With a mantle lamp, you do not see by the light of the flame itself. The heat of the flame makes a mantle incandesce or glow. You see by the glow given off by the mantle. (Same principle as the glowing filament in an incandescent electric light bulb.) There are no pressure lamps made today with alcohol as the intended fuel. The purpose of this book is to help the reader convert a pressure lantern, a Coleman-type lantern, designed for petroleum-fuel, to alcohol. The key lies in changing the fuel-air ratio.

  7. I am a bit confused are we talking about drinking alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Maybe both? I think this is a very interesting book.

    • Mylinda, thanks for your interest. If you’re a bit confused then I’m sure other people are as well. As explained in the book, there are four kinds of alcohol we can use as fuel in a mantle lamp: (1) methanol or wood alcohol; poisonous, (2) ethanol or grain alcohol; the stuff you drink, (3) denatured alcohol; poisonous, and (4) isopropyl or rubbing alcohol; poisonous. For lighting, I’ve achieved the best results with 91% isopropyl. The more common 70% isopropyl will burn but not hot enough to incandesce a mantle. 91% isopropyl is equivalent to 182-proof whiskey. The whiskey brand “Everclear” is 190-proof but would make for expensive lighting. In addition to isopropyl, methanol and denatured alcohol will also work in a lamp … though I must add “usually but not always.” Fair enough?

  8. Thanks for this information. It’s easy to think of only the common means of emergency lighting…candles, flashlights, oil lamps. I always appreciate new information!

  9. We have various forms of lighting stored, but am not aware of alcohol mantle lighting – so that’s what I’d like to learn more about. Always open to learning!

  10. I need to try this. Particularly since I just bought another book about the legality of distilling, which led me to some very nicely made (and inexpensive!)stills on Amazon. This would seem to be a solution to “free” lighting forever.

  11. I really like you common sense style of preparing for SHTF.
    I just bought a 15 acre farm 20 miles for any town with a 2 acre pond
    stocked with fish and I love it out there in the quiet country…

  12. Great article! I already have several mantle lamps but they burn either coleman fuel, gasoline or propane. Never knew about burning alcohol in them but now I’m on the bandwagon. Got to find a source of alcohol in bulk. (Up to 5 gallon jugs). Going to look into cooking oil lamps as well. Thanks for the info.

    • Check Amazon and run a search for medical supplies or online drug stores. Here you will find places that you can buy large amounts of first aid supplies, like bandages, etc and there should be large bottles of rubbing alcohol like gallon jugs or maybe larger. The more you buy the cheaper it is priced. We always bought gallon jugs of rubbing alcohol for the physician offices.

  13. I would like to be sure of some form of light that doesn’t depend on something that may become impossible to get or non existent (such as batteries could become after a while). And I didn’t realize that alcohol does not degrade over time.

    • Noreen, propane is the only other fuel I’m aware of that does not degrade with time. The metal tanks and the metal/rubber valves will eventually corrode and leak (talking years or decades here), but the propane itself will last for eons. Once consumed, of course, your stored propane is gone forever. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a fuel that MacGyver could replenish if necessary (given a little creative assistance from his script writers).

  14. I really want to learn about , inexpensive, convenient, safe, easily accessed alternative to electricity and solar power. I live in Seattle where it is dark 9-10 mos. of the year and very expensive to live.

  15. Different areas of the house and yard have different lighting requirements. In the winter, we need a light at the house door and along the path to, and at, the wood shed. We like to keep a “nightlight” going near the stairwell, especially in the dark of winter. How do I hang a lamp over my kitchen sink that I will not bump into and will not heat up the cabinets surrounding it? There are so many questions!

    • Sue, for a nightlight-type application (where the light will be on for an extended period without human supervision) I recommend you do not use a liquid-fuel or gas-fuel lamp or lantern. The fire hazard is simply too great. Please consider “The New 2000-Hour Flashlight” by yours truly, available on Amazon. You can make, at low cost, a light that will run non-stop for 2000 hours. And it’s not a glowworm; it outputs a respectable amount of illumination. There are 168 hours in a week (7 x 24 = 168). So a 2000-hour light will run, non-stop, for nearly three months. (And it really will; I’ve tested it.) Two batteries would run 12 hours every night for a year. No fire hazard. Will not start a fire if it’s knocked over or dropped. Will not blow out in the wind. Worth a look?

  16. I’d like to learn more about liquid fueled lamps. Why choose one fuel, lamp oil, propane, white gas (Coleman fuel), or, kerosene, over another. Also what’s the proper maintenance for each fuel type.

    • David, if you are interested in lamp fuels then I strongly recommend Book 3 “Lamp Fuels” in The Non-Electric Lighting Series (written by yours truly; available on Amazon). “Lamp Fuels” is written in simple English and is only 50 pages long (plus a glossary) so you can read it in one evening. Although simply written without a lot of technical jargon it is authoritative; it was reviewed by two petrochemical engineers, a college physics professor, and a chemical engineer prior to publication. I wish EVERYBODY understood the stuff that’s in this book. Internet forums are totally dominated by people who flunked high school chemistry . . . and who will preach the Truth to you with fire in their eyes. Fail.

  17. If anyone is reluctant to buy the series, don’t be. They’re excellent! I bought the CD, and I have his propane chapter bookmarked. (I’m still entering the contest!)
    Ron, I know some of the pressurized lanterns, like the BriteLyts and similar models, can run on alcohol, but what about something like an Aladdin? Also, are there any fumes associated with using denatured ethanol, or is the 91% propyl still a better choice?

    • These are important questions, David, because they are safety questions.

      BriteLyt (brand) is a Petromax knockoff. The two most common Petromax sizes are 500 candlepower and 150 candlepower. The larger size will not burn alcohol (for reasons given in the book; it’s too much to go into here). The smaller size will burn 91% isopropyl but it’s a bit risky (akin, say, to driving with one headlight). Again, see the book for reasons why….

      For all practical purposes, kerosene does not evaporate at room temperature. But gasoline and alcohol (methanol, ethanol, denatured, and isopropyl) DO evaporate at room temperature. That means there are fumes floating around in the air at all times. Which means you can’t use alcohol (or gas) in a wick-type lamp. The open flame would ignite the fumes.

      A pressure lamp is a sealed system. It has to be sealed else you wouldn’t be able to pump in pressure. Being sealed means that vapor (to be burned) comes out the tip ONLY. There are no fumes floating around at random. That makes pressure lanterns safe on gas and alcohol whereas wick-type lamps (and that includes Aladdin) are not safe on gas or alcohol.

      • Hi Ron, I bought your Books and really enjoyed them. Thank you!

        I could not find your email adress so I will post here.

        A Petromax 500 can be easyly converted to burn alkohol with a kit available from Pelam Germany. In the German Pressure Lamp Forums you can find a lot of howtos for diy alkohol conversions. With the righ combination of airflow reduction, nozzle size and generatot tuning a PX500 will only need a couple of pump strokes to be quite bright indeed. The ultra low pressure is a major safety benefit and the noise while running is reduced to a whisper.
        It is very important to always empty the tank when not using the lantern. The support frames in the tank are made of steel and the alkohol mixtures used contain water. Rust could clog the Generator and rapid preheater.

        The rapid preheater can also be tuned to burn alkohol.

        Cheers,
        Götz

  18. I would like to learn more about olive oil lamps. Especially since the fuel is readily available, easy to buy and store and has multiple uses.

    • Hi April. Check out Book 2 “Olive Oil Lamps &c.” in The Non-Electric Lighting Series (by yours truly with a Foreword by Gaye Levy; available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats).

  19. Some 40 years ago I had and used a kerosene based mantle lamp – effective, relatively simple, and inexpensive. I would love to get this book and learn more and return to that serenity of knowing – I got light!

    • Hey bob. I appreciate your concern as well as the sentiment (“I got light!”). If it’s really kerosene you’re interested in, check out Book 6 “Kerosene Pressure Lanterns” in The Non-Electric Lighting Series (by yours truly with a Foreword by Gaye Levy; available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats).

  20. I have concerns about oil lamps because I’m not sure I would be able to get more oil if the situation arose where we would need it. I think I could probably make alcohol or get it more readily for an alcohol lamp. I would love to learn how to make one.

  21. I need to know about the lamp that will burn on what will be available long after the crap hits the fan. We need a lamp to burn on what we can come up with in the back yard.

  22. I would love to have this collection in my collection of books, I have both hard back and E books in my collection. I am in the of getting different types of lighting going. I have battery operated lights, solar lights, propane lanterns and propane to go with them. I also have a couple of oil lamps.

  23. Something I read in the post caught my eye. It was about carrying Hydrocodone (the pain medicine called Lortab) in an EDC or small pack. Please be cautioned that taking a scheduled drug OUT of it’s original container is a felony, at least in Florida where I live. Narcotics have to be kept in the original container, or a smaller prescription bottle with your same information on the outside. Just ask your pharmacist to give you a smaller bottle with the same label so that there is not any issue. I was never aware that this is against the law, but it really is. Until SHTF… it matters. After SHTF… nobody’s going to care. Even the little weekly med boxes labeled for the days of the week… illegal to put your narcotic pain meds in.

  24. I don’t know anything about alcohol lamps and would like to know how to safely store my emergency lighting items so they are always ready for an emergency.

  25. My wife has owned an oil lamp for 40+ years that she inherited that feels like it weighs 10 pounds even when it has no oil in it. Very robust and well made. Does anybody make a heavy duty one like that today? Most of the new ones I’ve seen weigh next to nothing and the glass seems paper thin. Thanks!

  26. My husband and I have wondered about other options for lamps using something other than kerosene or lamp oil, so this book will certainly be a good read.

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