Cooking Oil as an Additive Component of Candle

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Abstract

This study tries to find out the feasibility of the used cooking oil as an additive component of candle. This study aims to produce a low-priced but high-quality candle by using used cooking oil as a major component. The researcher would like to test the feasibility of cooking oil. The following materials: 500 mL used cooking oil, 1 kg paraffin wax, strings cut into 5 inches long, serves as, wick, crayons in different colors, kettle, beaker, stirring rod, mold made from bamboo, the researcher conducted the experiment. The measured paraffin waxes will be cut into small pieces to facilitate melting. It will be placed in a clean and dry kettle, together with a small piece of colored crayon, to produce a colored candle candle. The kettle will be heated in low fire until the waxes and crayons melt. The melted wax will be added with different percentages of used cooking oil. Before the mixture solidifies, they will be formed into molds, wicks suspended in the middle of the container. They will be air-dried until hardened. The melting rate of the different preparations of candles will be tested by the measured initial lengths of the candles and allowing them to burn for 15 minutes. The final lengths of the candles will be measured again. The melted candle will also be collected and measured. The intensity of light produced by the candles will also be tested using the photometer.

The table shows that the candle A has a very dim type of flame while the candle F has the very bright type of flame. It only means that the more used cooking oil in the candle, the more bright the type of the candles' flame. Also with the lifespan of the candles. As shown above, the more the used cooking oil in the candle, the more it lasts long.

The researcher would like to recommend that the study will be re-conducted to gather authentic results. It is also recommended to have further analysis of the composition of the candle.

Background of the Study

Today, candles are made not only for lighting purposes but for many other uses such as home decor, novelty collections, as fixtures for big occasions such as weddings, baptismals, birthdays, etc. and as scented varieties for aromatherapy. Candles are made from different types of waxes and oils.

Cooking oil is a major kitchen item in Filipino households. It is also used substancially in fast-food outlets, where it used in different stages of food preparations. Ordinarily, used cooking oil is discarded. This waste oil pollutes and clogs canals and sewerage systems.

Statement of the problem

This study tries to find out the feasibility of the used cooking oil as an additive component of candle. This study aims to produce a low-priced but high-quality candle by using used cooking oil as a major component.

This study aims to answer the following questions:

What would be the candle compositions to be used?
What would be the procedure in making the candle?

Hypotheses

It is feasible to make candles out of used cooking oil. Candles out of used cooking oil can be comparable to candles out of paraffin wax (commercial candle) in terms of:

-life span
-type of flame

Significance of the Study

In our country today more ways are now made to utilize common things in order to make products easier and cheaper. In this research study, used cooking oil is used as an alternative for paraffin wax in candle making. In the field of Science, this study contributes a lot for the reason that we can find alternative for paraffin wax as main component in candle making, besides paraffin was derived from petroleum and the later is much expensive. This study contributes knowledge to the researchers and also to the community in the sense of finding an alternative way to utilize used cooking oil that may pollute and clog canals and sewerage systems if not recycled in essential ways, instead of chemically synthesized sources. It also improves the human condition physically through...
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