Fire is not always advisable, for example, when you need light
to work on an out of order
is another plan for emergency light:
- Take a piece of electric cable and a 12 volt globe. Take a
flash light or brake lamp out
if there is no spare lamp. Strip about 5 centimetre of the
insulation on both ends of
the wire. Secure one end tight on the metal outside of the globe
and turn the connection
off with insulation tape or plaster but leave the bottom contact
the globe open.
- Connect the other point of the wire now on the positive
terminal of the vehicle battery.
The whole metal work of the vehicle is already linked on the
of the battery, so everywhere that you touch with the bottom
terminal of the globe
on the metal work the lamp will shine brightly. Just be carefull
for short circuit with
the electrical wire.
is another idea to make a lamp for your camp:
- Get two empty beer or cool drink tins
- Cut off about a quarter of the bottom side of one tin
- Make a hole in the middle of the bottom, just big enough to
get a wick through and
place the wick in the hole.
- Use string or a strip of cotton fibre material for the wick.
Cut a v-shaped notch on
the side edge.
- In the second tin, cut and bend an open tin or window out.
The two flaps on both
sides serves as reflectors and wind-breaks.
- Put paraffin or diesel in the bottom of the tin and place
the other part inside, over
the fuel. First wet the wick in the fuel and make sure that the
lower side of the wick
is in the fuel.
NB: Sometimes, especially when you walk in the dark, it is better
not to make local light but rather make use of the light of the moon
or stars to find your way. Consequently, your night sight will not
be affected and you will be able to see better
Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by
profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696
and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a
practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe
and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder
rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly
fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallaces
main field of interest and his passion is to transfer
these old forgotten skills to young hunters.