Candle Powered Space Heater
When I saw this I couldn't wait to show my husband who is forever survivalist-minded. He loved it and went into town today to pick up the few things we don't have to make this.
You will need the following:
- 3 different sized clay planting pots
- 1 large bolt (approx. 5")
- 6 washers
- 1 flat bracket
- 1 Candle in a jar
So we made the thing and tried it, but it didn't seem to get very hot. My husband said it may keep a cup of coffee warm. We used a large candle with only one wick though. We are going to give it another go when we can pick up a candle with more wicks.
The next time I tried it they get so hot you can't touch them- it would most likely boil your coffee- One wick candles should be enough but the pots must be room temperature and dry. We noticed the pots we used were brought in from a cold wet garden and take days to properly dry and get up to a decent heat.
This is a good idea but if you want it to really act as a heater with some good heat output, be sure to put lots of metal in the inside core. For instance, when I made mine, I put a washer, a nut that was too big (so it slipped right onto the bolt without screwing - in other words, it was too big), then another washer before putting on the nut that fits the bolt. I did this same pattern between all three pots. This gives the core lots of metal that heats up to higher temperatures.
Make sure those clay pots are NOT treated with anything...I tried something similar to this BUT the clay pots I purchased had been treated with something that caused the whole thing to catch on fire ...so glad I had sat there and watched it for a while!
To watch this step by step process, check out the video link below to the "Tune.Pk" website.