Coiled Beeswax Candle and Holder, a Primitive Timer

The Candle by the Hour is sort of a primitive auto-shut off feature for times gone by when people read by candle lights.

The coiled beeswax candle is fed through a clamp and then lit - so you choose how much candle to burn: every 3 inches provide about an hour of candle light and the entire coil will give you 144 hours. At $27 for a refill, it'll cost you about $0.19 per hour to burn this baby!

Link - via gadgets

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Jake.

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Monique, Thank you for posting the link, and you are right the beeswax candle is also called a courting candle sometimes. The ones I make are not reproductions, but my own design of the original idea. I have been making them for over twenty years, and saw my first "real" one in a museum in Oslo, Norway. I'm sure there are variations all over the world.
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