Have you seen this yet? It’s how to make a heater from a candle and terra cotta pots. There is a site that sells these, but it would be easy to make your own using this imagehttp://www.greenoptimistic.com/2008/11/06/candle-room-heater/#.Ula1oFCsi-1. Use more here:
A Few Comments:
- this cant make MORE heat from the candle than it puts out! It may let it go into the air more slowly but the flame is the source and it is still only making what ever the flame produces.
- The claim is not more heat, it is a survival heater. The candle warms the clay which then releases heat in a more uniform manner, hence a heater. And when the candle goes out, the clay will continue to release heat for hours.
- “Soy wax” is hydrogenated soybean oil. If you don’t mind increasing the market for GMO seeds drowned in RoundUp, then I bet it’s a great product. The way they get the oil out of soybeans is to soak them in gasoline (hexane), then, to hydrogenate it, they cook the oil with acid.
- Me? I’ll take plain old dead dinosaurs over that crap *any* day. Soy harms the planet and it harms people.
- I kinda like this idea. If the candle warms the clay pots and then the clay pots warm the room even a small amount I can see three benefits from the system. Light, from candle, Warmth, from heated pots and if you used beeswax or olive oil and a reed wick, you could produce soot for writing. The other idea for using this would be warming a confined area to raise bread.
- The soot is inside the pots. But you don’t need pots to heat a room with a candle. The heat is from the wax burning, released by the flame. The pots don’t do anything but add mass to the system..
- Not sure if I would take a shit-load of terra cotta pots camping with me- too fragile unless of course you are looking to “Feng Shui” your camp site. I would take Sterno or fire wood instead. In either case, you would never use inside your tent.