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When were Rushlights used?[edit]

Context: when were these in common use?--Srleffler 23:23, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Certainly in the Middle ages, and probably long before that, but I know that I can't say that authoritatively. Perhaps someone else can.
Atlant 14:43, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

type of candle?[edit]

A proper rushlight is just a piece of fat-soaked plant stem. It does not really match the Wikipedia definition of a candle which says, "A candle is a source of light, and sometimes a source of heat, consisting of a solid block of fuel (commonly wax) and an embedded wick." The rushlight has no block of fuel distinct from its wick.

So, I guess the opening sentence in this article (A rushlight is a type of candle formed using the dried pith of the rush plant as its wick) is incorrect. But I'm not sure how rushlights should be categorized. As very small torches? Rikat (talk) 04:34, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Cottage Economy by William Cobbett[edit]

Described in chapeter VII how to make rush lights. Freely downloadable from Project Gutenberg. I see the article only references this described in another book - why not reference the original? (talk) 14:39, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

OK, then why not do it ?  Velella  Velella Talk   14:41, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

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