This ingenious electricity-free space heater will change they way you live.
The cold weather has us huddling around the heat sources it our homes, but even in the most well-heated house there are always areas that just seem to be cold.
Even if you can afford to have the heating on in every room in your house, most people don’t. The price of electricity for heating even a medium sized house can be really expensive, and the recent cold snap has got us thinking about some different solutions.
What if there was a way to heat those hard to heat areas of your home without having to shell out for electricity, gas or any of the regular fuel types? Electricity, coal and gas are all energy solutions that come with their own problems, not least the damage that they do to the environment.
Well thankfully, there is a solution.
One YouTuber has come up with an ingenious idea to create small space heaters in your home that require absolutely no electricity.
The heaters could not be more simple to make, they require only two pieces – candles and a terracotta pot.
The user DesertSun02 posted the novel idea, with the description:
“Clay/Terracotta pots absorb the thermal energy of the candles and convert it into radiant space heat. Reaches temperatures of 160F to 180F. Heater stays hot for hours. use caution, the inner chamber can reach 500F.”
Clay and terracotta were some of the first materials man used in his everyday life, their usefulness spans over thousands of years. The natural material means that they energy given by these pots is really important, and once they are in your home you will really feel a difference.
While the pots are only small, the creator says that they “heats a small area very effectively,” and “uses 1 to 3 candles or more.” This means they are perfect to station in and around the home in areas that can often feel chilly, perhaps your kitchen is always a little cold, or certain windows that you can feel a draft through.
You will need:
- 2 Terracotta Clay Flower Plots (one should be able to fit inside the other with ~ 1 inch of space around it)
- Pillar candles in glass containers
- 1 thick glass or metal plate for the candles
- 1 large bolt with nuts and washers
- A stand — bricks do nicely
- A lighter or matches
- Slide the bolt through the larger pot. Secure it in place with the washer and hex nut.
- Place another washer on the opposite side of the nut and slide the other pot inside. Secure that one (tightly) onto the bolt with another nut. There should be at least a 1/4-inch gap between both pots.
- Using a lighter or matches, light the candles and place them on the plate. Arrange a few bricks around the “space heater” so the pots are elevated from the ground.
- Place the doubled-up clay pots over the candles and leave it alone. Within 20 minutes, the tiny oven heater will reach about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. After 30-40 minutes, it will be too hot to touch.
We think these pots are a really great alternative to expensive heating bills in the winter months, try it out and see how effective they are.