From: "zoomkat" <Zoomkat@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 6:29 PM
> Been working on ways to make good quality
> candles for use in the commercial pop pop boats.
> I've always used olive oil in my boats, but find
> that olive oil is a bit messy and complex for
> those who I give the boats to. The mix of olive
> oil and olive oil soot makes a high grade prison
> tattoo ink. The candles supplied with the boats
> are usually poor quality, and when gone the
> boats are probably abandoned. I figure if I
> supply some good working low mess candles with
> the boats, the boats will provide more fun and
Good for you.
When the original candles are gone I use birthday
cake candles. With a large family getting ever
older I have a never-ending supply of part-burned
ones. The ones that relight themselves are more
It won't work with all boats, but what I have done
in small tinplate Indian boats is this.
- find a tea-lamp candle with a loose wick
tethered to a metal plate
- withdraw the loose wick and fix it in the bottom
of the hull in the best place for the flame
- break the wax from the candle into small pieces
- float the hull in simmering water
- add the wax pieces to the hull gradually until
the boat is floating comfortably with a pool of
molten wax in the hull
- turn off the heat to let the wax set.
- use the boat as normal with its new long-life
- remelt adding wax, and a new wick if necessary,
once the pool of wax stops working well