Flash Giveaway: Ron Brown’s Olive Oil Lamps &c.

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Flash Giveaway: Ron Brown’s Olive Oil Lamps &c.

Are you ready for something new? How about a Flash Giveaway? I know what you are saying:
“What the heck is that?”

A flash giveaway is a quick opportunity to win something cool by just clicking a few links. This makes it easy for you and easy for me. Although I have shied away from sweepstakes types of giveaways in the past, I have so much stuff ready to go that I needed an efficient way to get it out to you. Who said old gals cannot learn new tricks?

Ron Brown Olive Oil Lamps BDS

Today’s giveaway is for a print copy of Ron Brown’s Book 2: Olive Oil Lamps &c. (The Non-Electric Lighting Series). Why do you want this book? Perhaps the Foreword that I wrote will give you a clue.

Foreword to Olive Oil Lamps &c (by yours truly)

Years ago, while still in college, I helped a friend move to a new apartment. Just about the time the last box was hauled up the stairs, the power went out. Fortunately for us, it was not yet dark outside but still, it was spooky as heck for this 20 year old.

Thinking this was one grand adventure, we settled in to wait it out. My friend’s apartment had a gas stove so with a little ingenuity, we opened a can of tomato soup and fried up some melted cheese sandwiches for dinner. Then it got dark.

I decided to stick around for moral support and also, because my own place would likely be dark and spooky too. What did we know? We were kids.

Back in those days, we all had transistor radios so we listened to music and gossiped while waiting for some news about the sudden blackout. The thought of the world ending or a massive EMP did not even cross our minds and ultimately, we learned that a motorist had run into a telephone pole and taken out a substation.

I do not believe the term “Prepping” had been invented yet. For college kids of the era, being prepared meant having the aforementioned radio, a bottle of Annie Green Springs and a good sense of humor.

That being said, all of the strange noises in a strange place was unsettling so we ventured outdoors to retrieve an old flashlight from the glove compartment of my car. It was pretty well run down so we decided not to use it except for true necessities – such as finding our way down the hall to the bathroom without running into a wall.

So there we were: two girls, sitting shoulder to shoulder on the couch in the dark, quietly talking, each determined not to let the other one know she was frightened at being isolated in a totally new place and in complete darkness.

How much comfort there would have been in a simple candle-sized flame! During the entire time we huddled there, it never occurred that we actually had a good source of light, one that would have scared away the boogie man we thought for sure was lurking right outside the door. It was right there all along. And so simple as I now know now. But then I had no idea.

In one of the yet-unpacked boxes, my friend had a tub of vegetable shortening and a bottle of olive oil – both perfectly good lamp fuels. It would have been so easy to make a small lamp – ridiculously easy. But we didn’t know that. We were two liberated, educated, and sophisticated college girls. We were also clueless. I look back and laugh and shake my head in disbelief.

My point is this. The book, Olive Oil Lamps &c., will only take half an hour to read. And yet, when the lights go out, and trust me they will at one time or another, it might turn out to be one of the best thirty-minute investments you ever make.

Blackouts don’t always happen when you’re home snuggled up next to your stockpile of candles and Coleman lanterns. Knowing how to create some light from ordinary pantry ingredients just might save the day as well as a few scary moments.

Oh – one more thing. Oil lamps are fun to make, budget friendly, and pretty to look at too! I love this little book and know that you will too.

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In the event you are interested in the complete series (and more books are coming), each of the Kindle books in the Non-Electric Lighting series are available for only 99 cents. Book 1 and 2 are also available in print form.

Book 1: Candles (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Book 2: Olive Oil Lamps &c. (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Book 3: Lamp Fuels (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

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82 Responses to “Flash Giveaway: Ron Brown’s Olive Oil Lamps &c.”

  1. I would love to win this book! I had never really thought about making light from something I have in the pantry all the time. Great info as always! Thanks.

  2. This book would be wonderful for someone that is just starting out prepping, like myself. There is so much information on this website, I just can’t get enough.

  3. So much to do and so little time to do it. Way to busy. Past time needing to slow down and simplify.

  4. One thing that will weigh on my mind in a large scale event is thinking out side of the box to find alternative solutions to solve problems. Using oils / fats for lighting is one such idea.

  5. I’ve been wondering how to rotate stored oil quick enough before it goes rancid. Can you use rapid oil in the lamps? Does it smell rancid?

    • Yes you can use rancid oil (or even used oil) in your DIY oil lamps. Oil does not go rancid easily where I live so I don’t have any to test but that is a good question. Perhaps Ron knows. I will ask him.

    • When I was a kid, home-churned butter sometimes turned rancid (due to little or no refrigeration). It had an odd flavor but could be eaten without harm. Rancid is quite different than spoiled. You can TASTE rancid butter (ditto for oil) but can you SMELL it? Not sure. I do remember it was a surprise to prepare a slice of bread and butter, bite into it, and discover the butter was rancid. I’m sure that if you heat rancid oil in a bowl (or in a lamp), it will smell stronger than if it was at room temperature. But the chemical act of burning should not smell. Even as I say that, I realize that different kinds of firewood (oak, maple, ash) smell differently as they burn. Probably due to different gases being released. Now, if the question is, “Will burning rancid vegetable oil drive you out of the house with its stink?” the answer is, “No. Burning kerosene will likely drive you out faster.”

  6. This is great info to know. Because if my oil went rancid I would have thrown it away! I wonder if you can use vegetable oil as well as olive oil ? I don’t use it in cooking and I have a big jug of it in my storage.. go figure. One of my mistakes.. Use what you store, store what you use!

  7. This is great I always knew I could take the kids crayons and burn them for light. Now I can learn to use what I have in my pantry.
    Thank you

    • In Book 1: Candles (of The Non-Electric Lighting Series) I have a section on crayon candles. Simply put, they don’t work. If you melt crayon wax and make a tea candle out of it (with a wick) it will give only a pinpoint of light. Or, if you light the paper wrapping as a wick, within two or three minutes the flame will be bigger than the candle and you will be at risk of burning down your house. You can check out the pictures I provide in the book or, better yet, try it. Try it now. In the daylight. Out on the porch with a bucket of water handy that you can drop the whole thing into. It’s not a diplomatic way of saying this, but I’m telling you flat out that it’s not safe. Please don’t wait for a blackout to discover that it’s not safe. Just do the experiment. You don’t have to take my word for anything.

  8. Good information on this site always and I have shared it with many. Simple ideas like the oil lamp have been around for centuries but we seem to forget with all our modern tech stuff. Back to basics will help in the long run.

  9. What’s on my mind today….rain…too much rain. My tomatoes have blight thanks to all the darned rain. We needed it in April and didn’t get it, now it’s June and we don’t need it so much, especially the farmers who need to get out in the fields and make hay. Sigh…
    Other than that, I’m sitting at my laptop, listening to the rain & thunder, and wondering when my boys are going to call me to come get them…hopefully not during the peak of the storm. 🙁

    • Raining here in SE Oklahoma too. My sis and I had been planing on building a hen house – guess what – rained out. Guess we may as well sleep (I wish!) 🙂

  10. Thanks so much for the opportunity and the info. As a widow with children, and a prepping person, this is frugal and invaluable!

  11. Thank You for the chance for this book, and all your book giveaways. Always great to read your blogs.

  12. My boys were Royal Rangers when they were young. They were ALWAYS prepared down to carrying little balls of fire starters. Even though I rely on a fire stick, I need to better prepare in case the stick is lost or???

  13. I am always looking for new ways to help with prepping. This book would really be a wonderful addition to my knowledge base

  14. I enjoyed your forward about your college experience. A great story leading into the book giveaway.

  15. (1) your college-age moving experience reminded me of a similar experience I had helping my girlfriend when we were in college (many moons ago). Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    (2) In reply to the people posting about the rain … In southern California we are in a drought with mandatory reduction of water consumption so lots of people here are pulling out their lawns, etc. There is always something, isn’t there? All the more reason to ‘be prepared’.
    (3) What’s on my mind today … our beagle girl is sick and we don’t know what is wrong with her. She is so very uncomfortable and won’t eat.
    (4) Oil Lamp: Thank you Ron for sharing your wisdom & experience with us in a book and giving Gaye the opportunity to share it with us. My question is similar to those about using cheap vegetable/canola/soy oil instead of olive oil. But after thinking it through a little more I’ve decided that since I am not willing to eat the cheap vegetable/canola/soy oil because it is not good for us, I probably shouldn’t breathe it’s burning fumes either. So I’ll stick with the olive oil. Thank you again.

  16. What is on my mind today? Two of my grandson’s are having a birthday party tomorrow. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

  17. I have not used cooking oils for lighting but have read about such things.
    I would be so grateful to learn how to safely use another alternative lighting method.

    Thank you Gaye for your wonderful informative website.

  18. This books sounds useful and fun. It’s also sounds like it would be full of safe ways to have light.

  19. What is on my mind…Well, My husband will be 61 this year, it will be time to retire soon. He does dry-wall hanging and that is hard on the body. We can’t stay where we live here in California ( Bay Area )sooo, I keep looking for the perfect place to retire.

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