Single Tea Light Heater

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Introduction: Single Tea Light Heater

About: hgv driver but only because it pays more than I can make otherwise

the 4 tea light & flower pot heater I did my first instructable on a year or so ago has proved too large to use in a cold frame to keep it frost free. This is a quickly produced heater that uses a single 8 hour duration tea light as fuel.
please note I am well aware that casings around flames do not make them produce more heat, what they do is alter the way the heat is distributed to the surroundings by producing a larger radiator area that produces a better convection current. A candle flame on it's own produces a very narrow column of heat with little warming effect to the surroundings air

Step 1: Materials

8 hour tea light.
tin can it fits in.
larger diameter tin to use as a lid.

Step 2: Tools

metal shears.
Small hack saw.
chisel.
quite a bit of miss use of tools happened here a pair of pliers might have made things safer but I got away with just fingers without cutting myself which is a serious risk without the pliers.

Step 3: Construction

using the chisel (abuse of tool a dremel would have been better) I cut 3 pairs of slots about 15mm apart and evenly spaced around the base of the tin. I then cut through the base of the tin with the hack saw between each pair of slots. then I folded the tabs in at 90° forming a stand for the tea light and air vents at the same time.
using the metal shears I cut 3 pairs of slots down from the top of the tin and folded the tabs down flush inside the tin. so forming the exhaust vents. (in hind sight it might have been better to fold them down the outside)

Step 4: Operation

drop the tea light into the can and light.(it might not be clear in the image but there is a gap all around the tea light between it's case and the can) Invert the larger tin over the top this reflects the heat back down (otherwise the heat from the flame will just rise) & acts as a radiator surface.

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    This is no better than simply using a tea light. The can won't give you more energy

    You could just place a few holes in the base and use something to raise the tea light--no loss of fingers required! Use a good sized nail and a hammer or rock to pole holes; raise up with a bottle cap or similar.