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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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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
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So that's why they call it a wick.
because it’s wicked sick?


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


LegendInMyMind
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
Another quiz: what were these candle holders called?




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Kimist
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
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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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LetTheTigerOut
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
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Betty Lamp


I knew what this was not only because of some knowledge about candle-making, and its history in colonial times, but also because it was a charming symbol adopted in the 20's by the American Home Economics Association. I collect a lot of books from the Deco era, and so have seen this reference many times.

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The lamp derived its name from the German words "besser" or "bete," meaning "to make better."

In colonial days, the Betty Lamp provided light for all household industries. Representing the light in the home and the light of the mind.

Early in the 20th century, the Betty Lamp was adopted as a "symbol of learning."

The beam of this Betty Lamp symbolizes the following:

The need of exact knowledge
The appreciation of beauty
The spirit of joy
The power of strength
The blessing of fellowship
The satisfaction of achievement
The value of service
The bond of cooperation


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LetTheTigerOut
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what were these candle holders called?


These were "courting candles" and were used by fathers to set time limits on a suitor's visit with their daughter. When the selected time/amount of candle was extinguished, the visit was OVER! That's of course if Father wanted to give'em the boot. If he like the fella, he could add more time, or even add another candle.

I think we need these to make a comeback.

Here is a modern version of the courting candle:

Short Youtube of Candle by the Hour









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ksayetiger
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re: Do you know how a candle works without looking up the answer?
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CARBON DIOXIDE!!!!

AHHHH!!!!

CLIMATE CHANGE!!!!

GET RID OF CANDLES!!!!



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


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Dominate308
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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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