A pound of lard or shortening can be made into an emergency candle
that will last days and days. Take a heavy cotton string, crochet thread or a twist of several strands of cotton sewing thread to make a wick. Melt just a little bit of the fat and soak the wick in it. Using an ice pick, knitting needle or anything long and sharp, poke a hole in the center of the container of fat, then insert the wick into it, pushing it down to the bottom.