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Booshway
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Hi guys,

I'm looking for someone who has specific information on how to make/obtain your own bear "oil," (not bear grease/tallow), but the stuff that remains basically a liquid at room temperature. I've found a lot of stuff online regarding rendering the stuff for tallow, but NOT for the pure oil. A search of this forum looks like a few guys have or are using bear OIL, but not much in the method of how exactly to extract it. I did read some vague directions by one that you continue rendering/cooking the tallow even further to get the actual oil...but then again they were very short on the specifics. I've done a lot of tallow rendering, and have a decent supply, so there is no issue there.

I'd like to try using bear "oil" for a patch lube and/or surface protector for my flintlock. I know whale oil and bear oil were supposed to be very common in the 18th century for lubes, lamp oils, etc.

Thanks!!
 
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Booshway
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I to am interested in the answer. I have rendered bear fat to tallow then again and again. The oil stayed liquid until it got really cold. The only oil that stayed liquid at the point is beaver fat. I rendered it once and that was it...


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Booshway
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I've rendered plenty of bear grease and it's always been grease, not oil like whale oil. If you want a substitute for whale oil rendered beaver tail fat is the only thing I can think of. I use it on my guns.
 
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Booshway
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There have been several examples I've seen specifically citing "bear oil" not tallow as an ingredient.

I've rendered a lot of tallow and it only stays liquid until it cools down...then it becomes a soap like solid, (beef, deer, bear, etc.)

The description always sounds like they are using an amber colored liquid of some type...unless the bear grease is heated up first and melted.
 
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Hivernant
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My experience has been that once rendered and bottled, the solids settle to the bottom of the bottle. Then you can pour off the oil. This is a slow process which requires repetition.


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Booshway
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I'll just have to mess around with it a bit and slowly pour off the small amounts of oil like you mentioned. Thanks!!
 
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Pilgrim
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Some folks on the Traditional Muzzleloading Forum a few years ago had a discussion on the subject. A search there might produce the info you need.
 
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Graybeard
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Any updates on how this worked out for you Night Owl? I've just come into a little bit of rendered fat.
 
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Hivernant
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Oil is a thin grease, and grease is a thick oil.
You can break down grease two ways. With temperature, or chemically with a thinner.
Turpentine is an excellent natural thinner, that can be used to thin grease into an oil.


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Booshway
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Interesting,Anyone try turpentine to thin bear grease?


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Graybeard
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Bear "oil" is the thinner oil that rises to the top as thicker more solid particlate settles to the bottom. Place yer well rendered n strained bear fat into clear glass bottles to settle. After a spell you'll notice just a tiny bit of clear liquid rise to the top. Use an eye dropper to siphon it off into a smaller bottle.Good clean rendered bear fat can be used as is for skin lotion, lube, cooking just all sorts of stuff. Hope this might help some. Just be REAL patient waiting for the actual "oil" to rise to the surface.
 
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Free Trapper
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My only problem is there ain't many bears here in NW Oklahoma! I have to settle for beef tallow. Best patch lube I ever used was bear oil!


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Free Trapper
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Darn and double dog darn!! My ole chain saw eats all the BAR oil I can get my paws around! Eeker
 
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Booshway
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Eeker Big Grin Wink


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Graybeard
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Cranbrook I near busted a gusset laughing at yer post. Been a tough week n didn't realize just how much a good laugh I needed. Feelen like a young buck chasen a hot you doe(two legged a course) but don't tell She who must be obeyed, crimany she have 32 things fer me to do over n above the rest of the honey do list rotflmao
 
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Graybeard
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If there's no bear in your area maybe contact a few taxadermy shops n ask if they can set ya up with any bear fat. It might cost a few coin n postage but at least ya can play with it if they can. Or maybe Google it up n see what may be out there you can get a hold of.
 
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Hivernant
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Good one Cranbrook


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