Bushcraft Oil Lamp

Olive oil lamps were used on ships since if spilled, they go out instead of setting everything on fire. This video shows how to make one using traditional bushcraft skills.

25 Comments on "Bushcraft Oil Lamp"

  1. nedeljkomostar | August 25, 2010 at 1:45 am |

    Very nice lamp. I once used a coke can, shoe lace and butter to make an emergency lamp. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Storm13Cloud | August 25, 2010 at 2:16 am |

    where can i get a spoon knife?

  3. SurvivalWithBushcraf | August 25, 2010 at 2:22 am |

    @stangman767 Use sap then. Pine sap will ork just as good. Why don’t you make a video response to educate us your way?

  4. stangman767 | August 25, 2010 at 2:36 am |

    @BCNW1 bushcrat is not done at home with barbeque stuff…. you could’ve easily just gone to the bush… further more,,, oliveoil?

  5. Nice job

  6. hasanyoneseenthecat | August 25, 2010 at 3:22 am |

    Very nice video. i hope to make a few lamps like that for when im out in a large camp with friends.

  7. I thought this was a good video. A fun project that would be satifying when completed and useful. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  8. @dereinzigwahreaff

    It’s a lot easier to burn it first. Trust me. 🙂

  9. winnipegdiver | August 25, 2010 at 4:51 am |

    Very cool

  10. @andreafatica Olive oil burns without smoke, it has a very high flash point so the lamp wont set everything on fire if it spills.

  11. andreafatica | August 25, 2010 at 6:04 am |

    for how long does the wick burn with olive oil? does it release smoke? thank you.

  12. dereinzigwahreaff | August 25, 2010 at 6:25 am |

    why don´t you just carve the bowl with the spoon knife? good video though

  13. awesome !!!

  14. I was expecting this to be purely functional- but what you created is beautiful too! Really inspiring video- thank you.

  15. primitiveskills | August 25, 2010 at 8:20 am |

    Very well done. Hope to see you on the trail.

  16. TatankaOhitika1 | August 25, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    I use rendered deer fat or bear fat soaked in twisted dogbane fibers and in a large clam shell I have . Nice video

  17. hey with your spoon knife it best not to use dead wood as i blunts it quickly, as you probibley know there a pain in thass to sharpen

  18. hey with your spoon knife it best not to use dead wood as i blunts it quickly, as you probibley know there a pain in thass to sharpen

  19. HeadLessMunkees | August 25, 2010 at 10:57 am |


    Much inbreeding occurs in these Wilderness Delemas !

  20. TrutherRD2D | August 25, 2010 at 10:58 am |


    all you do is lie and bash the USA

  21. We were stuck in a cabin snowed in and had no power. Only a fireplace to keep warm. We went through the garbage left by other campers and found lots of small perrier bottles. Using paper clips twisted around cotton shoe laces (to keep thelaces from falling into the bottle) we filled the bottles half way with water and then filled with veggie oil we had. Make sure the wicks are no more than 1/4 inch out of the top or you’ll have a flamethrower! Worked well until the roads were cleared.

  22. knifecollector93 | August 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    @JoshReinholdUSMC ive always had trouble finding the right flashlights. i had a mag lite problem is i keep all of my gear ready to go anywhere. i took one dive into a river and it never worked after that. if you have a dollar general near where your at, they have a $2 disposable flashlight with a 10 hour charge. (mine took a trip through the washer and Still worked perfectly althrough a little water got stuck in it) it has a pistol styled grip and its perfect for the cost!

  23. goldenscales | August 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm |

    You the Man, brother. I never thought of using olive oil – I will now! Cheers, amigo!

  24. markrooke1961 | August 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

    Nice video that is well presented. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Nice! What’s a good “bushcraft” wick material? How about oil? Thanks for the nice presentation!

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