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Terra Cotta Space Heater

Ok, I have to admit, this is pretty thrifty. This space heater is a clean and cheap energy alternative and also a pretty fun looking little piece. If you live in a place where one room tends to get colder than others, or you want to save a little cash money, or are like me and live in a space where you can't control your heat, this is great! This space heater is made from some simple terra cotta pots and hardware and can really heat up a space on the cheap.
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Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $10-20 Difficulty: Easy
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-6" Terra Cotta Pot
-6" Terra Cotta Saucer
-5" Terra Cotta Pot
-1/2" x 12" Threaded Rod
-Drill with Masonry Bit (I use this drill in almost all of my projects. I absolutely love it! You can buy one on Amazon.)
-14 1/2" nuts
-11 1/2" washers
-11-12 link Chain
-Garden Hook (not pictured above)
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STEP 1: **Before screwing anything onto the rod make sure that you use a lighter to burn off any oils from the rod. Sometimes the rods are greased and this could be a fire hazard. If you use a lighter and heat up each section it should burn any off just in case. Screw the nuts onto the rod
Take two bolts and screw them onto your threaded rod about an inch down.
Twist the nuts in the opposite direction to lock them into place.
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STEP 2: Secure the link chain
Take a link chain (about 11-12 links) and place each end link around the threaded rod and secure it into place with another nut.
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STEP 3: Place a washer under the nuts
Now grab a washer and feed the threaded rod through the hole so that the washer rests under the 2 nuts from step 1.
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STEP 4: Place the rod through the terra cotta pot
Grab your 6" terra cotta pot and feed the rod through the drain hole so that the open end rests away from the chain.
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STEP 5: Take another washer and place it on the rod.
Follow this washer up with another nut to hold it and the pot in place.
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STEP 6: Add the other terra cotta pot
Place another washer over the rod followed by the 5" terra cotta pot. Make sure the pot faces the same way as the first, so that it rests on the inside of the 6" pot. You're basically placing one inside the other, but you're spacing it and securing it with washers and nuts.
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STEP 7: Secure the terra cotta pot
Place another washer over the rod so it rests against the 5" pot. Secure this pot and washer in place with 2 nuts twisting them in opposite direction once they are in place to lock them in.
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STEP 8: Add more washers and nuts
Place another washer followed by a nut around the rod. Repeat this 6 times.
Once all six sets of washer and nuts have been attached add one more bolt to the end to keep them in place. Twist the last two nuts in opposite direction to create a lock.
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STEP 9: Drill a hole throught the terra cotta plate
Grab your terra cotta 6" saucer and, using your drill, drill a hole through the center that is large enough for the threaded rod to fit through.
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STEP 10: Secure the saucer onto the rod
Once you feed the rod through the hole you made in the saucer secure it in place with yet another washer and nut.
The saucer can be adjusted to rest higher or lower on the rod to create different temperatures.
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STEP 11: Add your tea lights
Take tea lights (real ones, not the LED ones), and place them on the terra cotta saucer so that they fill any empty spaces (about 5-6)
***** Please note that the placement of the candles is crucial to the safety of this contraption. Here is a video explaining... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnna1PAakV4
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STEP 12: Hang it up
Hang a garden hook where you wish your space heater to be and hang the heater by the chain around the hook.
Light the candles and cozy up!
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Not only is this thing functional, but it's kinda cute too! You can hang this from anything that can handle the weight... it doesn't have to be from a garden hook. You could even make it to look like a lamp if you wanted.
Can't wait to fire this thing up on a cold night!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Pennington 6 in. Terra Cotta Clay Pot   (Home Depot)
  • Pennington 6 in. Terra Cotta Saucer   (Home Depot)
  • 4.33-in x 3.94-in Terra Cotta Clay Rustic Planter   (Lowe's)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Bbeckley53
    on Feb 2, 2017

    Very creative Loving this idea for summer bugs

  • Adrin Smith
    Adrin Smith De Pere, WI
    on Feb 2, 2017

    What you refer to as a bolt is a nut. The bolt is the rod.

    • Artemis
      Artemis New Port Richey, FL
      on Feb 2, 2017

      The rod is typically referred to as a threaded rod, not a bolt. At any rate, I think we get the idea.

  • Valerie Mitchell Heron
    Valerie Mitchell Heron Newark, NJ
    on Feb 2, 2017

    Excellent! I've seen the pot idea before but you made it look good by hanging it

  • Magda Goossens
    Magda Goossens
    on Feb 2, 2017

    This is so cool! And I think the terra cotta pots take most of the black smoke too! Brilliant and nice looking too!

  • Angela Bahling
    Angela Bahling Westfield, IN
    on Feb 2, 2017

    If you hang it so high, won't it defeat the purpose as warm air is known to rise???

    • Lee
      Lee Elk Grove Village, IL
      on Feb 2, 2017

      Yes. Heat rises. So will little fingers--keep fire and hot wax away from children munchians.

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