How to Make a DIY Tuna Oil Lamp

Have You Ever Seen A DIY Project This Easy To Make?

Blackouts at your home can happen at any time. And when they do happen, flashlights and candles are always the great standby to give us the light we need to see our way around in the darkness.

But what if you can’t find any candles or you have dead batteries? Hey, that’s when a good old can of tuna can come to the rescue.

Have you ever heard of a tuna oil lamp?

A tuna oil lamp is a light source that uses the oil from a typical tuna can.

Survival/emergency situations always push us to be ever more resourceful. When darkness catches you in the middle of nowhere and you don’t have a flashlight, you can turn to the food that you brought along.

You’re definitely in luck when you have a can of tuna. The vegetable oil is flammable so it can be used as fuel for your candle. Here’s a tutorial from The King of Random on how to make a tuna oil lamp.

How to Make a Tuna Oil Lamp


You will need:

  • a can of tuna in vegetable oil
  • paper towel or cotton string
  • matches or any firestarter
  • garden scissors or hammer and nail

1. Put a hole in the middle of the tuna can’s lid using the nail and hammer, scissors or any tool that can do the job.

2. Cut a small portion of paper and roll it into the shape of a wick. If you have a piece of string, well and good.

3. Insert the paper/string into the hole, making sure it reaches the bottom of the can.

4. Use any firestarter to light up the wick. Now you have a candle for illumination and warmth. You may also use it to cook some food; and yes you can eat the tuna later. The oil in tuna can last for two to three hours.

Check out the full video tutorial below:

Via: Survival Life

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