Friday, September 30, 2011

Preparedness can be decorative!

Product Details One of my collections is very practical --oil lamps.  I just adore the old glass oil lamps.  I guess I have 10 or so all around my house.They are so pretty to look at especially with colored lamp oil. Very festive for the holidays if you have the red or green oil in them.  While they are very pretty to look at, they can also be a great way to be prepared for a power outage.  They put out a great deal of light and heat. Years ago there was a power outage during an ice storm. While my Mom and little brother lived next door to us, we were not able to get them down the hill to our house during the ice storm. My mom had no fireplace and no heat source except her oil lamps.  She hung a quilt up over the doors of the living room and lit several oil lamps and they stayed warm during the outage. Now it wasn't close to being toasty, but with an added layer of clothing they were just fine for the 12 hours the power was out.
  New oil lamps can be found at Wal-mart very cheaply, as can the lamp oil and extra wicks.  I highly recommend adding these to your preparedness stash.  Cheap, easy to use, and  provides light and heat--oil lamps are worth their weight in gold and have the added benefit of being able to be displayed in your home.
  Do you have an oil lamp in your home? If so, do you have extra lamp oil and wicks?
I hope so!



  1. We have several and have used them in power outages.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  2. Our electricity was out last night. Candles don't cut it. An oil lamp is in the works.

  3. I keep my oil lamps out year round. Great for unexpected thunder storms, hurricanes, and romatic dinners for two!


  4. I just bought new wicks last week.
    I have two lamps and use them most in the winter time.