No worries about setting the whole house on fire with an olive oil lamp. Unlike kerosene, olive oil wont ignite if the flame drops down into the oil in fact it will smother the flame. Its quite amazing that olive oil will burn at all. Unlike kerosene or paraffin oil, there are no fumes to burn. If the lamp is tipped, the oil will smother the fame in an olive oil lamp. Whereas kerosene and lamp oil will ignite and spread the flame.
I want to do this. That looks like a thick wick. Does it have to be a jar,or can it be an aluminum can? Can you get wicks at Michaels?
Thats ingenius, Cynthia. Thanks for sharing. Ive never heard of olive oil coating the nasal passages, but it might. I would think if you were using canola or another rancid, high iodine value oil, that would be more likely. Have you tried a salt steam to clear your sinuses? Thats what I do when I have sinus congestion. (1/2 cup of himalyan salt plus a bowl of boiled water and essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, marjoram, lavender or a citrus oil for their antiseptic benefits. Im assuming youve already talked to your doctor about it.
Hi Chris, I figured out a few years ago how to take a punch glass, put some water in it and then some olive oil. Ive then took a clear plastic lid from a ketchup container for Fries, turned it upside down, made a small foil circle for the center punching a hole in both. I then stuck a stiff 1/2 inch wick that is used in Greek sactuary candles. I lit the bottom end 1st since it made the wick take up the oil immediately. Then I blew it out and let the top. It has worked like a charm and I keep it lit almost all the time. My concern is that I have had very clogged nasal passages and I am beginning to wonder if the oil diffused in the air by the flame would coat the nasal passages to create this problem. Do you know of this at all? Can you offer any wisdom here?
Ive made a lamp with olive oil in half an orange peel before and think its so neat that it will burn! I was wondering about using it in a regular kerosene lantern but cant find any stories about that online. Maybe it wont work since the wick is saturated with oil but its a fair bit away from the oil pool? Has anyone tried it or heard of it working? Eventually Ill give it a go but not until such a time as Im ready to wash out a greasy kerosene lantern if it doesnt work, lol!
Costco carries plain olive oil, right next to their extra virgin.
For burning as lamp oil you can use cheaper grades of olive oil, like pomace olive oil, rather than the expensive extra virgin oil. Buy a trusted brand, as you want pure olive oil not olive oil thats been adulterated with canola oil or other GMO oils.
Olive oil is a renewable lamp fuel. your own olive oil 
Hello, do the classic oil lamps with flat wicks adapt to use olive oil? I tried and it burned the wick quickly downlike an inch per hour.any way to get modern oil lamp to work with olive oil?.
I added a bit of eucalyptus essential oil to the olive oil today and you could faintly smell it as it burned. Thanks for your kind words.
Ive been talking to you a lot about bringing light to a dark place, this season, by lighting asingle candle. Today I want to show you the secrets of ancient lighting how they brought light into the dark places thousands of years ago. The olive oil lamp is the kind of lighting that was used in the Holy-land 2,000 years ago. Olive oil is an ancient lamp oil. It is the oil that was used in the Temple Menorah during both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. It was the oil that brought aboutthe miracle of Hanukkahduring the time of the Maccabees over 150 years before Jesus was born. It is the oil that Jesus/Yshua studied the Holy Scriptures by, in his childhood home in Nazareth. Olive Oil Lamp With just a few items that youll already have, you can put together a lamp in no time at all. All youll need to do is top up the oil to make it work as long as you need it! 
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Allow the wick to absorb olive oil to the top of the wick. This may take 10 minutes or more. Once the wick is saturated, light the wick with a match or candle. It will start with only a small flame. The brightness of the flame will increase as the wick draws up oil into the flame. This may take a minute or two.
The wick is a braided wick like youd use in an oil lamp. You can use a can. Im not sure about Michaels but Lehmans carries the wicks.
As always, use precaution around an open flame.
Place the wick in its holder in the jar. Fill with olive oil to within one inch of the top of the wick.
Using tweezers, feed your wick through the circle made by the pliers, and pull through the top as in the photo.
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I wonder if using an herb infused olive oil would add a noticeable fragrance to the room, I think Ill give it a try.
I love the simplicity and practicality of this beautiful lamp. I have cats and a 3 year old so open flame is VERY rare here but this looks safe enough for those special occasions when candlelight is just the thing, and for when the power goes out. ?
Trim the wick and pull a clean edge up into the top of the holder, each time you light it. A small amount of oil about 60mls or 2 fl. ounces will burn for several hours.
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The light from an olive oil lamp is bright enough to read by. Its as bright asa kerosene lamp,with a warm yellow flame.
No, unfortunately they dont. Lamp oil and liquid paraffin oil have volatile fumes that draw up the wick and keep the light on. Oil lamps take advantage of this attribute, that is shared by kerosene. Olive oil doesnt have any volatile oils, so the wick needs to be sitting pretty close to the fuel source in an olive oil lamp so that the wick can wick the oil and keep the flame burning.
When Jesus said You are the light of the world, He was making an analogy using the olive oil lamp a light that burns brightly in fresh oil. When he told the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, again, he mentions their olive oil lamps. Think about that for a second. A light that comes from a flame fed by fresh oil.
Roll one end of the wire tightly around the nose of the pliers 4 to 6 times. Move to the other end of the wire and wrap a circle that will fit into the bottom of the jar that youve chosen for your lamp. Wrap this circle several times with the wire to make a firm foundation for your wick.
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Olive oil burns cleanly, without smoking. It doesnt spread toxic hydro-carbons into the air. Its inexpensive and plentiful, if you grow your own olives. Even if you have to buy your olive oil, its not hard to find and not extremely expensive. Olive oil grows on trees olive trees.
Ancient olive oil lampsare shallow dishes of oil with a wick or rag held upright. These clay olive oil lamps were small bowls. They had a pinch of clay at one side of the bowl to hold the wick upright, just above the surface of the oil. If you dont have a handyclay olive oil lampkicking around your kitchen, you can make a wick holder with wire. The wick needs to be close to the surface of the oil, as olive oil doesnt have fumes to keep the wick burning, while fresh oil enters the burn zone. Plan for a flame about 1 inch above the surface.
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To extinguish the flame, snuff with a candle snuffer or a metal lid. Dont lick your fingers and try to snuff it out youll burn your fingers.
I did try it and the wick ends up being too far from the source of the oil to draw olive oil up properly. Ive used kerosene and paraffin lamp oil successfully in the kerosene lamps though. Both have fumes that also feed the flame.
Using pliers cut a 15 inch length of wire.
To make a lamp you need a wick, something to hold the wick upright and keep it from dropping into the oil, a vessel to hold the oil, andpure olive oil. The wider the wick that you use, the brighter your lamp will be. I like to usea braided wicksuch as is used in a kerosene lamp. These draw up the oil evenly, and give enough light to read by. The olive oil lamps available from Lehmans are made to use a small round candle wick and only give as much light as a candle. Ancient olive oil lamps used linen rags soaked in oil and gave a lot of light.
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I just stumbled upon your site while looking for natural remedies for goats. Lots of great stuff here to look through! Where could I get plan ol pure olive oil? Is there a brand that you can recommend? Seems like all I see anymore is extra virgin. Thank you
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Speaking of Himalayan Salt..I found a recepie that mixes 1tsp Himalayan Salt with 5 tsp. organic raw honey (or Manuka) once well blended, put small amount under tongue before sleep and let dissolve the minerals energuze & renew the body while providing deep, restful sleep!
The jar and the oil wont heat up from the olive oil flame, but keep it on a nonflammable surface as a precaution.
Thanks Joybilee Farms, happy to share. I will try the salt steam!
Scented oil is what is used in kerosene lamps. That would be a fire hazard in an olive oil lamp because the flame actually touches the oil. You could put a few drops of essential oil into the olive oil though, if you wanted scent.
I add fragrance oil or essential oils too.
Can you put scented oil in an olive oil lamp???