A couple of days ago, I posted about rendering animal fat and used deer fat as my example. There are many, many uses for rendered fat, and although I know the birds are hungry for some suet and we need more soap, I decided to take the easy way out and highlight deer fat jar candles today. So, without much instruction needed, here is how to make a jar candle from rendered deer fat:
You will need the following supplies:
- Glass jar – shorter and wider is better than tall and slim. The more air that can get to the burning wick, the better. In this example I have used a baby food jar, because, of course, I saved them. (???)
- Candle wick – this can be a true store bought candle wick or just a length of household twine, as is used here.
- Stick to hold the wick in place.
- Melted deer fat.
- Tie your string on the stick at a length that just barely allows it to dangle at the bottom of the jar. An easy way to do this is to tie the string to the stick and then trim the bottom until you have it where you want it. Make sure you have it centered because where it is will be where it stays.
- Very slowly, pour in your melted deer fat. It isn’t necessary to get the fat very hot, just enough to melt and pour it. Make sure you leave enough room at the top of the jar to have about a half inch of wick showing. Also when you’re pouring, make an effort to coat the string with the melted fat. A coated string lights and burns better once you’ve cut it to length in step 4.
- Once your candle is completely cool, cut the wick to a length of 1/4″. It’s now ready to light! **Like other candles, keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″ to keep it burning efficiently.