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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Chanuka Consumer Alert!

Please be advised that the ready-to-light gelled olive oil candles pictured here are a fire hazard. The plastic cup can catch fire and liquefy. Please do not attempt to use this product, and please notify anyone else who may have purchased it. I personally have been using this product, which were being sold to benefit my daughter's school.

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1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for chasing down a brand name for this product. The Chaptzem blog was talking about this very topic, but did not mention a brand name.

My wife and I are using plastic here too, I'm getting glass tomorrow, בלי נדר

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have that set. They were selling it for remarkably cheap in the fruit store; just $10. It says that it comes with 8 rubber holders for travel use, but mine didn't come with it. Anyone know anything about that?

Also, I am not afraid of the fire because it self-extinguishes after 30 minutes. The wick doesn't osmosisfy the oil well.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all plastic cup models are a problem. Here in Israel there is a set with the hechsher of the badatz that I have been using for years and works fine.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all plastic cup models are a problem. Here in Israel there is a set with the hechsher of the badatz that I have been using for years and works fine.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:36 AM  
Blogger Orthonomics said...

Also see :http://aishel.wordpress.com/2006/12/18/pre-fab-menorah-kits-not-safe/#comments

for another report and pictures of a pre-fab kit.

Certainly not one incident out there.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my daudhter came home with one of those pre-fab menorahs made of wood letters that spell chanukah in hebrew. it caught on fire the first night. attention all teaches dont send home these not so safe projects b/c its us the parents that have to deal with our children why they cant use the menorahs they made in school.morahs, a little bit of brains please.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for reporting this, OM. I bought this set but the holders didnt fit into any of the menorahs I am using this year. I was annoyed, but now grateful.

Anon 10:32 - amen to that. Beware also of the wooden based ones that come home covered in aluminum foil. Been there, done that, ruined piano finish !

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and the rubber holders were under the plastic tray, btw.

Plastic, rubber, oy.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

using these short cuts is a bizoiyoin to the mitzvah of ner chanukah. one should wanrt to roll the cotton and dip it in the oil. would you use a plastic luav and esrog?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Lawyer-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

I've been using these, haven't had a problem yet because they burn out in less than an hour.

2:12 PM  
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2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the manufacturer refundindg $$??

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OTM - Did you get the email from "concerned citizens representing Gourmet Glatt"? You are going to flip out.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I returned mine to the seller in Brooklyn (Paperific) and they refunded the cost without a problem.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Looking Forward said...

Um, doesn't anyone realize that almost all plastic is extremely flamible and puts out toxic fumes when it burns? doesn't anyone in the frum world realize this?

The ONLY Things that it is safe to burn olive oil in is metal and glass. They produce a set of these made of glass that works beautifuly (or they did last year, and I know someone who has them this year).

This should be obvious, and I don't know why so many frum people just don't have a clue. Plastic+fire=bad.

how much more complicated can it get?

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, this problem occurs with both plastic and glass holders.

9:13 PM  
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7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The distributor has issued a recall on the candles and you can exchange them where you bought them.

3:13 PM  
Blogger table nine said...

Scary! Thanks for posting this...Chanukah Sameach!

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judaica Plus gave a full refund on a partially used box. Good business sense.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

We used the pre-fab oil in glass jars this past week in our Eilat hotel lobby. Worked fine, withstood the heat (surrounded by dozens of chanukiyot).

Maybe these are only a problem with those sold in the US market?

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glass jars

NY Prob is plastic cups, not glass

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. We had a fire last night and thought it was b/c we placed the cups to close together.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anyone who thinks these oil candles burn out, they don't, they just burn. A family in our community lost their pet and their house when they used these oil candles. Thank G-d that was all they lost.

9:58 PM  
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