Bacon Candle; Fact of Fiction? How to Make a bacon candle.

Recently on I read this article on making an oil lamp using bacon grease. I did a bit more Googleing found a site where someone posted pictures of their bacon candle. I wondered how well this would work, so I set out to do it myself.

I had to cook two packages of bacon, so I got everything prepped and ready to go (admittedly, three tin cans was a bit overkill).

After cutting the lids off my cans, I used a hammer and nail to poke a hole through the middle. I fed the string through and tied it off, so it would set in the middle of the can. I just used ordinary string (I imagine for this thicker = better)

I draped the string across.

Cooking the bacon is always delicious smelling and messy. Mmmm. Bacon.

From two packages of bacon, I was able to get about half a can full of grease. It took about four hours for the grease to harden (note: the grease never gets hard...  it took about four hours to get as hard as it will get).

I poked around a bit to see how soft the grease was. Very. You will definitely have to keep it in the can. It won't work as a standing candle.

Yay for bacon candles! It worked. Not super bright; but hey, I just made a bacon candle.

Bacon is amazing. Bacon candles are fun, but not that great. It works but is not very bright. This is probably just a fun experiment to do at home, but it probably won't be replacing real candles any time soon.

As for the smell... I didn't really notice any huge bacon smell coming from the candle. Sorry :(

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

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  1. There is actually quite a bit you can do with bacon grease. Candle is a good one for guys. I would wear bacon scented cologne if I could! It's easy enough to do and a good way to keep this knowledge alive.

  2. If you blend the bacon grease with a candle wax such as beeswax or paraffin, it will offer a more stable candle. Blending also means that your bacon grease can be used to make more candles.

  3. I used an 8 oz. jam jar with a lantern wick cut length wise to about 1/2 inch (10-ish mm) thick. The flame was plenty bright. If you attempt this project again I would like to hear about your experiences.


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