Introduction: Tea Light Radiant Space Heater
This is a simple space heater; and as the name implies, the heat source is a tea light candle.
This is going into my camper, so it's actually fairly small.
I imagine something like this being lit during a bath or shower to prevent the mirrors from fogging up -of course it'd have to sit next to said mirror.
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Step 1: What You'll Need...
-8" Clay saucer (for orchids)
-3.5" Clay saucer
-6" Clay pot
-4" Clay pot
-3 drywall screws
-3 short screws
-scrap wood and columns (for the wooden stand). THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE.
-Nut, bolt, washers.
Step 2: The Stand...
The wooden stand is made of what you can see: wooden tray (cut size to fit inside the bottom saucer), and 3 columns of equal size and length.
Screw on the 3 columns equidistant from each other (from the bottom of the wooden tray) using your drywall screws.
Screw one short screw on top (and slightly toward the inside edge) of each column.
Now build the top end.
Step 3: The Top/Shade
Assemble the shade according to the picture.
From top to bottom, the order is: Bolt, large washer, small washer, Orchid pot, small washer, large washer, 3" pot, washer and nut.
Note: over tightening risks breaking!
Step 4: Putting It Together; Transporting
The small screws on each column help hold the shade in place by its inside rim.
Place the small saucer in the middle and wait for a cold evening to warm your cubby hole:)
This is how you might want to keep it during storage or transport.
Step 5: After Thoughts...
A space heater of this small size is perfect for tents, bathrooms (as both a heater and mirror defogger -or to prevent fogging up), or a small room like a camper shell.
The orchid pots are vented and let out the collected heat stored in the small pot and center bolt and washers. The vents also let the candle breathe so it doesn't die out.
You can flip the tea light saucer to slightly raise and lower the candle to control the heat, albeit insignificantly:) and you can also flip the bottom saucer to raise your candle further from the floor (in case that's where you wanted to put it).
Why did I choose to use 3 columns?
Because 3 points allows the planter to sit and not wiggle from any uneven lengths to the columns!
Have a warm evening, namaste!
Step 6: Update: First Use
Although only ~8" tall, with 3 tea lights, this little heater worked just as expected in my GF's SUV. Camped out by the beach in Orange County, CA, we warmed up enough to have to open the windows. The tea lights run for over 3.5hrs and cost as little as 0.99 cents for a 20 count pack. Overall, it beats occasionally having to start the car to run the heater.
This was definitely a worthwhile project, and will be very useful in our tent during winter camping!
I'll get actual temp readouts soon:)