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A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in [[tallow]] (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a candle.
 
A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in [[tallow]] (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a candle.
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*[[lighting]]
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*[[candles]]
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*[[oil lamps]]

Revision as of 16:25, 10 September 2003

Rushlights were the lighting choice of the poor - very low cost, but not very bright, and may be smelly (because of the tallow). Used from ancient times through to post period.

A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in tallow (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a candle.

see also: