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.
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)