All you need is a jar with a lid, a cotton wick and some lamp oil. Make a hole in the top of the zinc lid with a nail and pull the cotton wick up through the opening. Fill 2/3 of the jar with lamp oil and secure the lid. Let the jar sit for about one hour before lighting so the oil would soak up into the wick. You only need about 1/4" of wick sticking out of the top to light. *Tip~a cotton shoelace works great as a small wick.