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supadave3
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
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LegendInMyMind


Is it some kind of ‘wick puller?’ Heat the spike, stick it through a wax block and attach piece of wick and pull through?



Ryan3232
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So that's why they call it a wick.
because it’s wicked sick?


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Is it some kind of ‘wick puller?’ Heat the spike, stick it through a wax block and attach piece of wick and pull through?

Nope.

It is a whale oil lamp, or what was commonly referred to as a Betty Lamp. It could burn any oil or tallow. The wick was long and laid in the oil/fat and came out the spout part with a length of the wick outside the oil.

The spike was used to hang the lamp from a beam or log wall/ceiling. Some of them, particularly later types, were covered like the one in this video:

Lighting a Betty Lamp (YouTube)

And if you would like to learn one way they were traditionally lit, Paul Sellers will tell you about the Spill Plane:
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Lou the Jew from LSU
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
It’s a scale

Oops wrong! Oil lamp, wick lays in the notch.
I should have known. There is a similar one that is several thousand years old in a synagogue I once visited.
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There is a similar one that is several thousand years old in a synagogue I once visited.

Churches are one place that really developed lighting throughout the centuries. Those lighting designs/advancements found their way into the homes of the average person. They kept the local blacksmith busy. Here's another interesting type:
Image: https://i.postimg.cc/Z0zk5Dx0/download-jpeg-29.jpg


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Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
In other news, the sun is giant ball of flaming gas


Except that it's not.


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CARBON DIOXIDE!!!!

AHHHH!!!!

CLIMATE CHANGE!!!!

GET RID OF CANDLES!!!!



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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
Technorogy


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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
I’m amazed the OP didn’t know this. They did not pay attention in 6th grade science class.


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LSUFanHouston
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
I've always been amazed that such a small flame can melt enough of the wax to use as fuel.


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