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Or: How long could a candle last if you continuously replenish the supply of melted wax?
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Sizik wrote:Or: How long could a candle last if you continuously replenish the supply of melted wax?
Wicks for oil lamps last a really long time; that's basically the same thing. They're treated with chemicals to make them flame-resistant; the fibers typically don't burn.
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Also, though it's not exactly the same thing, you may be interested in reading about the analogous structure in propane or other gas lamps, the mantle. As far as I know, it was the last major innovation in flame based light before electricity took over. It's basically a specially treated cloth mesh bag that you put over the nozzle of a lamp. When you light it for the first time, the cloth burns in a few seconds and turns to ash, which then provides an extremely efficient surface for the gas to burn on or something (I'm not a chemist). As long as you don't touch or shake it - it's very fragile - it will last basically forever.
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