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How to Make Lamp Oil at Home

Updated March 23, 2017

Making your own lamp oil gives you a way to save money, and it can be made from your household items. Oil lamps can be used for a variety of purposes; for instance they can provide light during power outages, or even give ambience to a romantic dinner. There are two common household items available that allow you to make your own lamp oil.

Prepare a meal in which fat must be carved from raw meat, such as poultry, steak or pork.

Use a knife to separate the fatty portions of the meat, and set them aside in a pot.

Set the pot on a burner on your stove, and turn the burner to high, allowing the fat to heat until it eventually liquefies.

Pour the liquefied fat into a container such as a coffee can, and store it in a freezer until it must be used.

Cook a meal using vegetable oil. Remove the food items and enjoy your meal, while allowing the used oil to cool to room temperature.

Use a strainer to pour the used oil into a coffee can or similar sturdy container.

Set the container into the freezer and allow it to store until needed. If you leave it out at room temperature, it will retain the smell of cooked food. If you put it in the freezer, that will dissipate with time.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Pot
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Storage container
  • Straining bowl
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Marlo Peterson began writing professionally as a beat reporter in 2007. His work has appeared in "The Virginian-Pilot," "MIX Magazine" and at Gamersmark.com. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Norfolk State University in Norfolk.