Review of the UCO Original Candle Lantern
The UCO Candle Lantern has proven to be a real hit with the backpacking, wild camping and bushcraft community.
You may consider it a bit of a luxury when you are roughing it, but once you have used one you may well want to take it with you on every camp.
A very smart bit of kit that comes in some rather funky colours, one of our favourites is the red.
With it’s lightweight, and compact foldaway design we are sure you will find it a very handy and a worthwhile addition to your camping kit. This candle lantern will help to reduce damp/condensation and also gives a nice warming light.
Friends of Prepare For Adventure have used the UCO Candle Lanterns on many occasions in their tents when wild camping and we also love to use them when out in our hammock, hanging them from the ridge line and enjoying the soft glow that they emit.
Using the attached hanging chain, make sure you’ve got somewhere to position it where it won’t come into contact with anything. Not all tents have centrally positioned hanging loop inside so you may have to fashion something from a guyline etc.
The candle is slow burning and should last anything up to 9 hours. Having used them on many occasions, they are quite robust and yet quite inexpensive. Slide the glass case down to access the candle. Light it, close the glass and away you go. There are also beeswax candles that burn for 12 hours and citronella candles that burn for 9 hours.
Changing the candle is easy too. Just unscrew the plastic bottom, remove the spring and the remains of the old candle and pop a new one inside.
The spring loaded internals slowly push the candle upwards and the candle steadily melts. Don’t worry about it dripping wax on your gear, from people using it plenty of times as well as ourselves we can confirm that the UCO candle lantern is very low maintenance and not messy at all.
The candle is slow burning and should last anything up to 9 hours. Having used them on many occasions, they are quite robust and yet quite inexpensive.
If you get your hands on the citronella candles too, you not only have a bit of kit that will give you light, reduce the dampness of your gear but it will also do it’s best to deter the bugs from making you their evening meal.
It is safe to use the UCO lantern in a well ventilated tent, just make sure that you hang it in a safe place.
We’re not suggesting you can bin your camp fire, but the candle lantern does give of some heat. Make sure that you let it cool down first before you slide it shut, Yes we did find this out the hard way :o)
This review was written by www.tentlife.co.uk