Science & Technology

SuperCandle starts campfires...and alarms

by Paul Wiebe
Garden Valley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba

It's quick. It's easy. And it makes a fast campfire.

Those Canadian students who like camping will love the "supercandle"; it starts campfires in seconds with a single match. It creates such a good fire it was the cause of the most recent fire drill at Garden Valley Collegiate.

The "supercandle" was created a few years ago by John Pankratz' Science Class at GVC.

"No comment" was Pankratz' response when asked about the recent demonstration that set off the school fire alarms. The candle had done its work.

Pankratz originally set down the challenge of creating a candle that could be used as a campfire and his class clearly met that challenge.

The "supercandle" is made out of a tin can, a roll of toilet paper, and gasoline. Pankratz explains that one takes an ordinary coffee tin, cuts a hole in the middle of it about the size of a toilet paper tube, and then puts the paper roll into the hole.

The whole project is put on stilts and drenched in gas. When one drops a match into the tin--presto--there is instant campfire.


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