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Candle frugality

 
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Candles offer a nice, warm homey atmosphere to a dining table, or living room, etc

A simple way to make them burn longer is to freeze them before use.

A friend of our family ran a catering business that specialized in things like banquets (you know - rubber chicken events).
They would buy 'timed' candles (2, 3, 4 hour, etc) based on how long the event was scheduled to last.
Obviously, 2 hour candles were cheapest, and the price went up, depending on longevity.
Why buy $2 candles if $1 candles would do the job?

He would store them in the freezer prior to use. Claimed he could get an extra hour or 2 out of each one.



 
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I'll try this used to make my own candles great fun & cheap but blackened my walls cost more in repainting!
 
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Joe Braxton wrote:You want to get really frugal? Try sweet gum balls in lard for candles....

BTW - they work remarkable well.

http://books.google.com/books?id=v79huBKyzIsC&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=tallow+candle+with+sweet+gum+balls&source=bl&ots=gvfvyRe3nd&sig=9t_6TskGO44JOT2J1FSFyduwGm0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JTYHUaHxBIjc9AT34YCgCA&sqi=2&ved=0CGAQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=tallow%20candle%20with%20sweet%20gum%20balls&f=false



"sweet gum balls" made me think of candy gumballs! Of course you didn't mean that, and the eloquent description in your link had me wanting to see more.

Found this pic of the sweet gum balls but would love to see them lit in lard or tallow - it sounds beautiful!



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