What if you couldn’t make a fire in a blistering cold night in the wild?

Supplies For DIY Emergency Tuna Oil Lamp

Estimated Time To Complete: 5 minutes

If you didn’t have any supplies at all, except a tuna can. Sounds unrealistic? You and both know when we’re out in the wild camping or backpacking. There’s junk everywhere left by other people. You find random and bizarre items.

DIY Emergency Tuna Oil Lamp: Survive the Night With Nothing But A Can Of Tuna

Finding a tuna can is more likely than most things. Tuna in a can is something you would bring with you in the wild or in your bug-out bag in case of an emergency.

I like to eat the tuna first out of the can. There is plenty of oil left over after eating the tuna. So instead of letting the oil and the can go to waste. This is a great way to make the most of resources. Every seemingly small method or tactic that contributes to being more sufficient helps.

The oil in the can of tuna is the essential ingredient. So make sure to get oil canned tuna, not water.

The cheaper the can of tuna, the more oil there will be. Meaning the better it is for this project.

DIY Oil Lamp In 3 Easy Steps

Step 1

Punch a hole in the center of the lid.

Step 2

Thread the string through the hole.

Step 3

Light the string. Let there be light.

That’s it, three quick and easy steps.

Watch this video for the visual guide so you can see exactly how to do it.


It’s a good way to light a candle for light or even a small amount of warmth if supplies are limited. Or if you just want to make the most out of the supplies you had.

Have you ever had to make a candle in an emergency?

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How to Make a Tuna Oil Lamp
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