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Coffee pot space heater Answered

Ok, so this is my first post. I love this site! Anyway, I have a couple of old coffee pots that still heat the water, they just dont make coffee anymore. Im wondering if maybe i could make a very small and very low energy use space heater out of the parts. any ideas on how this might be accomplished would be great.

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jeff-o

9 years ago

I suggest some sort of radiant floor heater. The water (or some other fluid) is continually circulating through the heater, and then out through tubing embedded in a rug.

Or insulate the element real well, and use it to thaw out the mat out on the front porch during the winter :-)

Nice! Or attach it to a toilet seat for those cold winter potty trips. LOL!

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kithso

9 years ago

This project was a bust, at least for now.

the heating element/water pipe is cast aluminium. i cant bend it out, its horseshoed in shape. I was considering using a coffee can and an aluminium heatsink coupled with a pc fan, but the thing just doesnt produce enough heat without the water. I dont want to mix water and electricity so Im just gonna back burner the project ( no pun intended ). Although that does give me an idea for a similar project using an old electric stove coil.......

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kithso

9 years ago

ran one of the coffee pots for an hour with no water in it, got warm, but never burnt out or burst into flames or anything, so at least 1 of the pots will work. gonna test the other one as soon as i get my "homemade" rc tank project finished.

Using the carafe with water in it, you would have the required heat sink and it could be a bit of a humidifier (if you have dry weather like we are having) .

. Some coffee pot heaters are designed to be run with a large heatsink (the coffeepot + coffee). Do some experimenting to make sure you can run the heating elements "dry" without them burning up. Be prepared for a small electrical fire, just in case. . You can safely run 15A though most electrical outlets in the US (some are rated for more, but let's stay on the safe side). At 110V, that's 1650W. FWIW, my coffee maker is rated for 900W.