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How To Heat Your Home Using Just Tea Lights And Flower Pots
Business Insider ^ | 1-6-14 | Dina Spector

Posted on 01/09/2014 12:58:24 PM PST by RKBA Democrat

As parts of the United States prepare for record-breaking cold temperatures, a YouTube video showing an alternative way to heat your home might come in handy.

The video, which we first found on Why Don't You Try This, was made by journalist and boat-owner Dylan Winter. All you need to make this do-it-yourself heater are tea lights, a loaf tin, and two clay flower pots.

You can find tea light candles at pretty much any drug or hardware store. A pack of 50 is only $5.99 at CVS, for instance.

In the video, Winter places four tea lights into a loaf tin and covers them with a small flower pot that's turned upside down. He then covers the drain hole on the bottom of the small pot with the metal casing from one of the tea lights. The small pot is covered by a bigger flower pot and the hole is not covered.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: candles; containercandles; emergencyheating; flowerpots; roomheating; survivingsocialism; tealights; winter
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Interesting idea for a space heater.

Hat tip to TBW2 for the link.

1 posted on 01/09/2014 12:58:24 PM PST by RKBA Democrat
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2 posted on 01/09/2014 12:59:26 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

This doesn’t pass the “btu” smell test.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 1:00:47 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Sounds like a good way to burn your house down.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 1:01:12 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I’ve considered keeping the makings for one in the car.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 1:02:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MrB

Yeah, it doesn’t magically create more heat by burning it in a flower pot.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 1:02:24 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: MrB

Candle power. Right on.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 1:03:59 PM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

That Tea Light Heating may work in certain conditions; with no small children, no unsteady elderly, no dogs or cats, indoor rabbits, no one who tends to wear long draping garments that come close to the floor. No medical Marijuana user either, because they may become easily unfocused after a heavy dose of ‘medicine’.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 1:04:27 PM PST by lee martell
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Sounds like a good way to burn your house down.”

Which will keep your house VERY well heated. For a little while. ;-)


9 posted on 01/09/2014 1:05:04 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: Kartographer

This is definitely a good, cheap idea for a room heater. I will put together this set up for sure for downstairs and for bedrooms.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 1:06:10 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: RKBA Democrat

Zeer Pot Fridge. Cool your food or drinks with no electric needed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcuSlaecvIw


11 posted on 01/09/2014 1:06:30 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: MrB

This doesn’t pass the “btu” smell test.


Exactly. If it DOES produce enough BTU’s it will also suck all the oxygen out of the house.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 1:07:51 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: RKBA Democrat

Isn’t this what caused the great Chicago fire? A cow and a candle?


13 posted on 01/09/2014 1:08:15 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Build a man a fire and you will warm him for a day.

Set a man on fire and he will be warm the rest of his life.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 1:08:40 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: RKBA Democrat

There is no extra heat being created here. The flower pot absorbs then re-radiates the heat.

Thermodynamics...
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=409869

About 0.2W...


15 posted on 01/09/2014 1:09:12 PM PST by jrestrepo (See you all in Galt's gulch)
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To: lee martell

Maybe it would work in one of those 95 sq ft houses.


16 posted on 01/09/2014 1:09:30 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: RKBA Democrat

This doesn’t produce carbon monoxide?


17 posted on 01/09/2014 1:09:48 PM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I am SO DONE with candles after our week-long power outage last winter. Not only are they dim and cold, I don’t even think they are pretty any more. Could barely see to make coffee, although I had a whole slew of them. Sure couldn’t read by them.

We got LED lanterns for the next one, thank you. Made me aware of the Reality of soddies and early cabins/ early American way of life. No thanks for me.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:14 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: RKBA Democrat

We have a 40 ft boat in Ventura Harbor. Pretty good weather usually but when the sun goes down on the water it gets cold. I can light 2 large container candles and as long as it’s not really cold they will darn near keep the interior heated up enough to be comfy as long as the boat is closed up and stays closed up.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:19 PM PST by sheana
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To: cuban leaf
If it DOES produce enough BTU’s it will also suck all the oxygen out of the house.

Now I get it...the vacuum keeps all the heat in the house!

lol

20 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:27 PM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: cripplecreek

One large container candle will work. I use them to heat our boat at night. It really is amazing how much heat they put off.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 1:11:10 PM PST by sheana
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To: lee martell

You have to be smarter than a flower pot to use it. It doesn’t have to be on the floor, either. People with common sense can surely use this.


22 posted on 01/09/2014 1:11:27 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

and for only 8 pence a day!

Always nice to see flammable materials used as the support base for heating appliances, too.

Nice plug for IKEA though...


23 posted on 01/09/2014 1:11:32 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SoothingDave

One of my favorite alternative energy experts good naturedly mocks people with

“it’s not a light saber”

when they think they’ve stumbled upon THE thing that produces a lot of energy cheaply and simply.


24 posted on 01/09/2014 1:11:33 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Night Hides Not

It stops all that convective heat loss.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 1:12:17 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Tea candles burn out in minutes when it gets liquidy.


26 posted on 01/09/2014 1:12:39 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: lee martell
That Tea Light Heating may work in certain conditions; with no small children, no unsteady elderly, no dogs or cats, indoor rabbits,



No rabbits?!
27 posted on 01/09/2014 1:13:15 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: Marcella
I will put together this set up for sure for downstairs and for bedrooms.

Yeah, or just, you know, burn the candles. That's where the heat comes from.

28 posted on 01/09/2014 1:14:04 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave; MrB

Bingo.

The same kind of people will buy the claim that some electric heaters are more “efficient” than others.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 1:15:08 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: NautiNurse

Tea lights burn away REAL fast.


30 posted on 01/09/2014 1:15:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Makes sense. 'Tea shades' keep the 'heat' off.


31 posted on 01/09/2014 1:16:45 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: RKBA Democrat

I saw this several months ago and decided to try it. It works. It’s not going to make you all toasty and warm but it will keep a small room from being cold. The smaller clay pot gets warm from the candles which causes the air around it to warm and rise through the hole in the larger pot. that causes air to feed into the area between the pots from the bottom and it gets warm as it passes through. Burning 4 tea candles inside a room shouldn’t deplete the room of oxygen unless the room is air tight. Breathing would accomplish the same in such a room.


32 posted on 01/09/2014 1:17:00 PM PST by DeakonSmith
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To: RKBA Democrat

Very clever! At last — a use for that bag of tea lights from IKEA!


33 posted on 01/09/2014 1:18:13 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: bboop

We have a ton of LED flashlights but we also have eight 19th century indoor lanterns. Those suckers are BRIGHT. They generate a fair amount of heat too, but I don’t want to die of asphyxiation or oxygen starvation. i.e. I don’t want to go to bed and wake up dead.


34 posted on 01/09/2014 1:20:33 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Night Hides Not

Maybe I should word that a little better. ;-)


35 posted on 01/09/2014 1:21:17 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Arthur McGowan

Yes, the expensive ones with the Amish-made cabinets are more efficient. ;-)


36 posted on 01/09/2014 1:21:36 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Arthur McGowan

Watts in = heat out, pretty much.


37 posted on 01/09/2014 1:21:51 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: bboop

I got two of those Brooklyn Latterns that are shown on tv and they work really well.


38 posted on 01/09/2014 1:22:01 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: Dr. Sivana

There have been some schemes where rabbits were kept in the basement, and their body heat kept the upstairs cozy.

I’ve noticed also that hens’ heat will keep their water from freezing...


39 posted on 01/09/2014 1:23:53 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Marcella

I posted this link sometime back and the Feedback was lets say less than welcoming:

http://hackedgadgets.com/2009/10/16/terracotta-pot-candle-heater/

But I think that this explanation of how the unit works shows it’s benefits:

The difference here is how the heat is distributed, which is *very* important.
Remember, the only important thing in this context is the *personal perception* of heat. Concentrate the heat near the user, and they’ll notice a significant difference.

Normal candle burning will result in a small amount of IR emission, but most of the heat will immediately rise straight up to your ceiling via gas convection. Instead of wasting all the heat as warm air sitting at the ceiling, this radiates much of it as IR directly to your skin and immediate surroundings (and of course, some will still be transmitted through a more broad general convection.) These are typically meant to be used on the corner of a desk within a meter or so of the user, and they really do make a difference in taking the chill off within a localized area.

“And with the bonus of seeing the cozy flame… ”

The candle flame is still visible, the pots usually rest on a stand a few inches above the flame.


40 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:04 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: TruthWillWin

Probably not.


41 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:04 PM PST by oblomov
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To: cradle of freedom

I will vouch for the Brooklyn Lantern. For $15, you get a lot of light fo a long time, and they are safe.


42 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:37 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

My interdimensional portal that I used to get here makes an excellent heater if I just turn it up to 1/3 power. ‘Course, it’s really just getting it’s power from the other side of the portal. We have all we need there so it’s no big deal.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:42 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Arthur McGowan
--yep--several in-laws bought those "Amish" wonder heaters several years ago--was looked at skeptically when I mentioned things like "20-amp circuits, watts, and volts"-

-after the light bills went up directly in proportion to 12cents/kwh times the hours operated nobody said much and they are no longer in sight---

44 posted on 01/09/2014 1:25:01 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Kartographer

OK, I’ll buy that explanation.
It IS more efficient to heat the person instead of the space.


45 posted on 01/09/2014 1:25:11 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


46 posted on 01/09/2014 1:25:21 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: TruthWillWin

Hahaha!

Do not try this at home!


47 posted on 01/09/2014 1:25:31 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: MrB; Kartographer

But wouldn’t a light bulb (the old, illegal, incandescent kind) under a flower pot do the same thing and be less of a fire hazard?


48 posted on 01/09/2014 1:27:36 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: rottndog

Better you freeze to death than increase your carbon foot print and cause more Globull warming!


49 posted on 01/09/2014 1:28:39 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SoothingDave

Yes, the key is the “mass” of the clay absorbing and re-radiating the heat as infrared to the nearby body to be warmed.

Same principle as the rocket mass heater.


50 posted on 01/09/2014 1:29:59 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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