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
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.