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  • BarbaraA39 commented on jeremym27's instructable Candle Powered Pottery Heater10 months ago
    Candle Powered Pottery Heater

    I like the idea of loading up on bits of metal. How about starting the bolt from the bottom with the small pot right side up and filled with what have you. (This would require a longer bolt, but there are always work arounds when you're in the garage or basement. I keep lots of "junk" around, and always pick up washers off the street. They are always needed for something, and this saves a trip to the HD. A washer, BTW, is worth far more than an equivalent coin you might pick up.) I have tons of small flat metal bars from lighting kits, as you can usually reuse the existing one when replacing a fixture. Older ones I KNOW were made of real steel. I would attach a few of these to the top. I would like to use a platform of bricks which might also become warm without becoming incen...see more »I like the idea of loading up on bits of metal. How about starting the bolt from the bottom with the small pot right side up and filled with what have you. (This would require a longer bolt, but there are always work arounds when you're in the garage or basement. I keep lots of "junk" around, and always pick up washers off the street. They are always needed for something, and this saves a trip to the HD. A washer, BTW, is worth far more than an equivalent coin you might pick up.) I have tons of small flat metal bars from lighting kits, as you can usually reuse the existing one when replacing a fixture. Older ones I KNOW were made of real steel. I would attach a few of these to the top. I would like to use a platform of bricks which might also become warm without becoming incendiary. Perhaps replace the Mason jars with more terra cotta pots, or better yet, those tall, slim terra cotta wine coolers from the 70's (thrift shops!). They might warm up some, too. Sorry to be so windy.....my ideas tend to expand.

    BTW, I once read about how toxic those Made in China candles can be. I wonder what good old American candle makers use so as not to poison us all. As Jeremy has pointed out, however, this is for short-term emergency use, and you needn't stand over it and suck in the air.

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