The instructables site is great at finding solutions to everyday problems. I've found that the best solutions are that those that can be built with items that you already have around the house and don't take all weekend to make. My goal is to make this instructable fit both of those criteria.
With Hurricane Sandy leaving many people without electricity and heat, I figured that I would share this option for generating heat. Hopefully, this can benefit someone impacted by the hurricane, as well as yourself the next time you are stuck without heat.
Keep in mind that this will NOT heat your whole home, not even close. However, you'd be surprised at how it will heat up a closed room and will keep you from getting hypothermia. Essentially it takes the heat from the candle that would normally go straight up and radiates it out once the terra cotta begins to retain the heat.
My garage isn't heated and I used this today to provide heat while I was working on a project.
Step 1: Materials
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 (like a Yankee Candle)
- 1 Alarmed looking black cat (optional)
Step 2: Thread the Bolt
1. Thread the bolt through the bracket
2. Turn pot upside down
3. Thread the bolt through the hole in the bottom of the pot
4. Turn right side up
Step 3: Put Washer in Bolt
1. Put washer on bolt
2. Thread the bolt through the mediam sized pot
3. Secure with a washer and nut
Repeat this step again with the small pot
Note: be careful not to tighten too hard and break the pot (like I did)
Step 4: Light the Candle
1. Light the candle
2. Surround it with 3 large mason jars or other non-flammable items that will act as the stand to hold the pots in place
3. Set the pots upside down above the candle and...
It takes a few minutes before it feels warm to the touch because the inner pots heated before the outer pot will retain heat.
Keep in mind that the last thing you need in a blackout is a fire. Make sure all materials are on a non-flammable surface. One idea is to put all of the pieces inside a large cooking pot.
One candle will heat up pretty well. If you can get a glass jar candle that has two or three wicks even better!