Problem Scenario

This experiment will be testing which one burn longer, a lantern or a candle.
Broad Question
Does a kerosene lantern burn faster than a candle?

Specific Question

Does fuel type affect burning time?


My hypothesis is that a lantern will burn longer than a candle.

Graph of Hypothesis



Independent Variable:

fuel type .

Dependent Variable:

burning rate

Variables That Need To Be Controlled:

environmment inside, amount of fuel

Vocabulary List That Needs Explanation

a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons obtained by distilling petroleum, bituminous shale, or the like, and widely used as a fuel, cleaning solvent.

a long, usually slender piece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick that is burned to give light.

a transparent or translucent, usually portable, case for enclosing a light and protecting it from the wind, rain.

General Plan

First, determine mass of candle and oil to be used. Measure the oil. Next, put oil in to the lantern.
Then light the candle and the lantern at the same time with a lighter. Note which one burns out first.
Record the data in note book.

Potential Problems And Solutions

Wind (air flow),flame going out

Safety Or Environmental Concerns

getting burned or burn down school. burning me and other people and thing
be careful not to do these things.

Experimental Design

Comparative Study

Number Of Comparison Categories:

two types of fuel

Number of Comparison Samples:

two of each fuel

Number Of Observation In Each Sample:

four: each time the fuel runs out

When data will be collected


Where will data be collected?:

in Mr. Biche room

Resources and Budget Table

Number needed
Where I will get this
home or school

Detailed Procedure

First I measure the lantern oil.
Next I measure the candle.
Then I put oil in to the lantern.
Next I will light them at the same time.
Then I see which one goes out.
See what time candle or lantern went out.
Put my all of the data in to my note book.
Put it all on my poster board.


Photo List

Each wax candle (3)
lantern, lantern and oil

Time Line

2/26 complete experiment

3/7 analysis due
3/15 discussion due
3/22 poster due
3/29 K.M.S science fair

Data Table

Data Analysis

All Raw Data

look at data table.


mibo12-1 results graph.png


mibo12-1 lantern 1.jpg mibo12-1-timecandle. .jpgmibo-12-1-candleburn.jpg


the lantern went the longest time from


at the begging i thought the lantern would burn long then a candle and was right. the lantern did last longer then the candles. so when you go camping you should bring a lantern instead of candles. the lantern is much more safe then a candle because if you take a candle and you are i the tent and you knock into the tent then your tent will burn down the tent and then would have to go home or sleep in you car until morning.


it shows that the lantern last longer then the candle. so the same the scented candle went out first then the non scented candle went out last. yes i answer my question at first i thought that the candles would last long but then we had to cut the candle then i change my mind. when i did the experiment there were no error in my project. my project went smooth throw the entire project. we had a little problem with it when we fix it. the problem was we had to finger out how to measure the oli and candle to gather.

Benefit to Community and/or Science

it benefit the community because when they go camping then they know which one is better to bring. then the don't make the a mistake of bring the wrong thing.

Background Research


A candle is a solid block or cylinder of wax with an embedded wick, which is lit to provide light, and sometimes heat.
Today, most candles are made from paraffin. Candles can also be made from beeswax, soy, other plant waxes, and tallow
beef-fat rendering. Candles are used for various purposes.They carry mythical and religious symbolism, purposes as well as practical but above all they are the symbol of light, of God and of good. Candles will be used forever regardless of all new technologies and ways of providing lighting.

lantern oil
Kerosene is an oil distillate commonly used as a fuel or solvent. It is a thin, clear liquid consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons that boil between 302°F and 527°F (150°C and 275°C). While kerosene can be extracted from coal, oil shale, and wood, it is primarily derived from refined petroleum. Before electric lights became popular, kerosene was widely used in oil lamps and was one of the most important refinery products. Today kerosene is primarily used as a heating oil, as fuel in jet engines, and as a solvent for insecticide is also used for lights.


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"How Products Are Made." How Kerosene Is Made. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.

"Lantern.", n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

"Kerosene", n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013
"Candle", n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013


This is to compare two different kinds of fuel. I compared kerosene lantern and little wax candles. The lantern kerosene fuel lasted longer than all four wax candles. The candles went out before the lantern Kerosene . What I did was I lit the candle at different time they went out almost at the same time. The lantern kept going when the candles went out. Then we put out the lantern out because it would have gone on for hours.