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Tea Light Personal Space Heater

This may sound like one of those “free” energy things, and I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about this working until this morning. After spending a morning next to this thing, I can now say that this tea light candle heater actually works. You have to be near it to get warmer or have a small space to heat, but it works…really.
What is it? Basically it is 4 tea light candles, placed in a foil lined bread dish, covered up with one terracotta pot and that covered up with a larger terracotta pot.How well does it work?I have a relatively large space in my completely unheated basement office, but if i put it next to where I’m sitting I can definitely feel the heat.
Why it works: The inner pot gets really warm, even hot to the touch, so I imagine that the two pot system helps keep some of the heat contained so it can slowly let it radiate from the pot instead of letting the candles heat dissipate quickly in the cold air. I’m sure there are many others who know a lot more about the inner workings of this type of a heating method.
How I made mine: 1 glass bread dish (metal would probably work better if we had one)Line the dish with aluminum foil (I figure it would help reflect the heat back at the pots)4 tea light candles placed in the center of the dish (you can get 100 of them from amazon for $8.95) one smaller clay pot, set on the dish (must be large enough to rest on the top of the dish to create airflow for the candles) a larger clay pot set on top of the whole thing but resting on the top of the bread dish.
Time: 5 Minutes Difficulty: Easy
  • tea light personal space heater, crafts, hvac, repurposing upcycling
  • tea light personal space heater, crafts, hvac, repurposing upcycling
  • tea light personal space heater, crafts, hvac, repurposing upcycling
  • tea light personal space heater, crafts, hvac, repurposing upcycling

To see more: http://www.simplydixon.com/2014/01/06/tea-light-heater/

  • Aletha.phs64

    Looks Ike a great idea and reminds me of the two-can cookers used in Europe during WWII--also of the Boy Scouts version. A very small amount of fuel can cook a meal in either case. This looks way too easy to tip to me, but the person using the

    • Chatycms

      I don't think a cooling rack would be the best. Good to sit everything on it but not alone as the heat would escape before it got to heat the clay pots.

  • Danielle Odin
    Danielle Odin Las Vegas, NV

    One thing you have to remember is that if you use any fire inside your enclosure, you must vent so the fume don't make you sleepy and end it all.

  • Nancy Eaton McEwen

    I used fondue base and layered the pots on it. Worked great!

  • Michelle
    Michelle Maramec, OK

    Hunting just got warmer

  • Gypsy Lynn Lecas

    Candles dont give off toxic fumes like a fuel does no need for venting your space for this heating method it works great and is really good in garages and basements when you need an area warmed up

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