Make Your Own Smudge Pot

Make Your Own Smudge Pot

When you are camping pesky insects like blackflies and mosquitoes can make the experience less enjoyable. Here is how you can make your or smudge pot to repel insects.

When you are camping or having a relaxing dinner outdoors insects like blackflies and mosquitoes can make the experience less enjoyable. Here is how you can make your or smudge pot to repel insects. You will need to plan ahead, unless you normally carry empty cans and citronella oil with you. I suggest making several ahead of time and bringing them with you, or storing them for the next time you want to eat dinner outside.

The things you will need to make your own smudge pot include: water, scissors, wick or cotton string, an empty soup can, two short sticks, a small ball of modeling clay, an empty coffee can, candle stubs, a heavy pot, a pot holder and two tablespoons of citronella oil. The oil is available at most drugstores, supermarkets and big box stores. Please remember to treat the citronella carefully, it is not food and can cause skin and eye irritation as well as upset stomachs if swallowed.

Step One: Cut a piece of the wick or cotton string to the same length as the height of the soup can. Tie one end of the string in the center of the first short stick. Attach the clay ball to the other side of the string.

Step Two: Fill the empty coffee can half way with the candle stubs. Set the can down inside the heavy pot.

Step Three: Add water to the cooking pot, not inside the can. Keep the water level about halfway up the side of the can. If the can starts to float spoon out some of the water until the can sits nicely on the bottom of the pan.

Step Four: Put the pot on the stove (or over the fire). Keep the heat low and let the wax melt.

Step Five: Remove the pot from the heat and carefully take the can of melted wax out of the pot and put it down somewhere safe.

Step Six: Add the two tablespoon of citronella oil to the melted wax and stir gently with the second stick. Carefully fill the soup can with the blend, keeping the mixture just below the rim of the can.

Step Seven: Drop the clay ball and string into the center of the soup can, resting the first stick across the top of the can. Allow the wax mixture to cool and harden.

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