Survival Candles – Everything You Need to Know

My wife has always been a lover of candles and we have tons. Whenever a power outage occurs our house it lit up with flickering lights and being able to see to get around is not a problem.

Whether a disaster is short-term or long, candles can play a role. When the power goes out – generally most people think of flashlights. Flashlights are great but require batteries which will eventually run out. In a long-term situation – candles can provide hours and hours of light.


So – for this weeks assignment: Check  out your current inventory of candles and see what you have. Go to your local Dollar Store (I did) and spend $10.00 on candles. $10 can get you many hours of soft, gentle light.

emergency candles
taper candles
pillar candles

 Alright – you had to know I would do this: Be careful!!! Candles can tip over and catch stuff on fire. Nothing will ruin your day like being in the middle of TSHTF and your shelter turns into a charcoal briquette.


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8 thoughts on “Survival Candles – Everything You Need to Know”

  1. Rourke, I have quite a few candles already around the house in different storage areas. I also supplement the candles by having 5 different oil lamps. The lamps put out quite a bit more light and the oil lasts for days at a time even if you are burning them almost constantly. I also bought 3 gallons of lamp oil for them. When the power goes out I like to sit down and read and need enough light to ready by and the lamps do the job with ease. I am following your advise and going out and buying another 48 pack of tea lights today though just to have extras around just in case. Great series of post on prep’s by the way. I follow your lead and remember to go get the stuff when the post come out. I now have a crap load of batteries put back. lol keep up the good work Bro.

  2. I’m a long time lurker, first time poster. This really resonates with me since every year like clockwork we have issues with power outages over the winter. My husband and I started prepping a year ago and candles are a definite on our list. We had a few days over the winter when our power was out for a few days and those candles came in handy. I would also suggest that one invest in a good oil lamp or few. The flame will be protected by the chimney better than a candle. They can be surprisingly inexpensive and I have a bit of a nostalgia for them myself, but they are great to have in a lights out situation.

  3. If you live within striking range of an IKEA store, the big bags of tub candles are even cheaper than Dollar stores (they make great fire starters in damp weather)

  4. While I also store candles for such a reason I wouldn’t recommend most people rely on them–or should at least be a last resort–because of the huge fire hazard they pose, especially post-disaster. I once read a statistic that stated candles are the leading source for accidental fires after a disaster.

  5. Candle have been a staple in my house since I was a kid. We also have several oil lamps as backup too. I try to pick up a couple bottles of lamp oil each month and whenever I have a few extra bucks in my pocket, I stop at the Dollar Store and pick up tea candles (I have a lantern for them) and tall ones in glass (when available).

  6. I second the tall glass candles at the dollar store. I just bought a few (wish I had gotten more). Look for them where religious things are sold. They are actually Catholic devotional candles. Really tall glass, burn a long time, and unscented (Which is important if anyone in your posse has allergies. Also, scented candles can mess with the taste of food, which isn’t cool when shit+fan food is already sub-gourmet.)

    We also use LED hand-crank lanterns and flashlights. Sure, they require a little effort and the bulbs won’t last forever, but it’s nice not to have to worry about batteries.

    And, of course, you can always make a small lamp from a fireproof container, olive oil, and an improvised wick.

  7. I don’t know about you, but the dollar stores around me have mostly crap for selection when it comes to prep supplies, or whatever you are buying is not worth the dollar you are spending. Maybe that’s just my bad luck.

    Anyway, I picked up packages of 50 tea lights for $2.25 at Wal-mart. I like tea-lights because you can dramatically improve the safety of the candle by putting it in something like a mason jar with a ventilated lid, so you don’t have to worry as much about it tipping over or something getting into the flame (though still not fool-proof). They can also be used (albeit not very well) with some camp stove cookers, but that’s not something I would rely on as my primary cooking source.



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