Electricity Out? A Can Of Tuna Is All You Need To Light Up Your House!


We all go through these awkward moments. Imagine you’re out camping with friends or the love of your life. The whole trip has been enjoyable with lots of fun things to do and so much to see. We all love camping; experiencing nature at its best with wild animals chasing each other across your tent doors and all kinds of birds flying above you. So, you’ve been out for two days now and will be returning home the next day after an experience of a lifetime. Then late in the evening as you prepare to cook and spend the last day telling stories and having fun, the light goes out! No one expected it. Actually, you have no clue what’s going on. Maybe you run out of fuel so the generator died. The fact of the matter is that you need a light as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you could be home enjoying the best dinner in a long time. Maybe it’s those once in a while dinners where you invite the extended family and enjoy a good moment. Then in the middle of the event, the lights just go off! These things happen. You’ll need a source of light immediately or risk spoiling a good party.

Fortunately, you can create your own light just in time. And the best part of it is that you’ll be able to do so using readily available materials; a can of Tuna and a paper towel!

The use of animal fat to produce bio-fuel is a well-documented topic. Although the interest has mainly been on land animals as opposed to aquatic animals like Tuna, you can still get enough oil to burn as fuel from a can of Tuna. In commercial processes, the conversion of fish fat to bio-fuel is a rather simple process. After the oil has been produced from the leftover waste of the fishing industry, the oil is simply cleaned then purified with the addition of some caustic soda and methanol. Before you know it, you have bio-diesel for use in the home. A kilo of fish waste can produce up to 1.13 liters of bio-diesel.

This just shows that you can indeed burn your Tunas to produce light in the home. Often, the tuna in those tuna cans contain a significant amount of fat. In fact, one tuna is said to contain up to 8 grams of fat.

As you will see in the video below, you only need to bore a hole in the center of the lid of your tuna can. Then, insert the paper towel through the hole, pushing it right into the tuna. Once you’re done, place your “lamp” at a convenient location and light the paper towel! Check out the video below to see how it’s done.

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