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Tallow candles and Kashrut

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There are candles that are made from beef tallow (https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/01/tallow-emergency-candles.html). If one were to burn one, residue and soot from incomplete combustion could end up on the walls, and, I assume, if one burned the candle near dishes, on those dishes.

Does residue from a beef-fat (or other treif fat) candle impact the kashrut status of dishes? Does it have to be visible? Is there a minimum amount required before one has to worry?

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Residue from such candles would be a problem for kashrus. However, as long as there is no connected 'liquid stream' from the source candle to the dishes, you can simple scrub off any residue and the dish would be considered kosher. Source: Yoreh Deah 92:9

As far as how much residue, anything practically discernible would be a problem. If it could be felt, seen, or otherwise recognized, it would need to be removed.

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Would a line of smoke constitute a connected stream or must it be literally liquid, or could it be so... (2 comments)
Would a line of smoke constitute a connected stream or must it be literally liquid, or could it be so...
rosends‭ wrote 6 months ago

Would a line of smoke constitute a connected stream or must it be literally liquid, or could it be something which looks like it flows? Would steam which condenses on the utensil count?

PinnyM‭ wrote 6 months ago

A line of smoke would not be an issue since dry particles are not considered a stream. Condensed steam would pose a problem, see Yoreh Deah 92:8