Mason Jar Oil Lamp


Mason Jar Oil Lamp

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Mason Jar Oil Lamp
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  1. * 1 mason jar with metal lid.
  2. * 1 nail, drill, or just something to puncture the top of the lid to create a small hole for the wick.
  3. * 1 bottle of olive oil or indoor non-toxic burning oil.
  4. * 1 strip of 100% cotton material to be used as a wick (an old sock, perhaps).
  1. It's important that it be 100% cotton. If there is polyester or anything else in it, it may produce unhealthy fumes when it burns.
  2. So, make a hole in the metal lid, and run your wick down to the bottom of the jar through that hole.
  3. Only expose about half an inch of wick above the lid or you will end up with a pretty big flame.
  4. The cotton material will eventually burn down and you'll have to continue to pull the wick upward. Making it a little long to compensate is a good idea.
  5. Personally, I buy scented oil and I use fiberglass wicks. I take copper freezer tubing from Lowes or Home Depot and cut off about an inch of the tube. I place my wick through the tube, and then the tube sits in the hole in the lid. The scented oil doesn't work like it does in an oil burner, but you can still smell it.
  6. Fiberglass wicks are used in everything from outdoor patio torches to designer oil lamps. They are great to have, but not a neccessity.
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