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Heat a room using tea candles and clay pots

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That was back in the 80's & 90's....t'was legal then :)

(This conversation sounds so silly talking about legal light bulbs, but hey, in this day and age who knows what will be considered legal or an environmental threat tomorrow.)


I wonder if it would work better to use emergency candles... those burn reaaallll slow

proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

What ever candles you choose to experiment with...

...keep candles in individual containers (if they don't come with one). If tall candle, use tall container.


good call. I want to copy this idea but make it more visually appealing by using tallavera pots... My living room has a cold spot that this may be perfect for in the evenings.

proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

I wonder if the glaze on Talavera pots will make a difference

...in that the heat might crack the glaze.

good point; I cosidered that.

but I dont think so because pots go in the kiln at much hotter temperatures... I also thought it may not emit the heat as well as regular ceramic pots... thanks for the suggestions. I am really interested in finding ways to make this idea even more efficient. There are lots of videos online of similar setups with a few alterations...

proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

types of heat transfer.

when the pot is heated.. it emits heat radiantly.
think of it like a flashlight that shines... radiant heat, transfers heat to surfaces...not air.
it "shines".
you can see examples of this in garages, and other areas with frequent large door openings.
they are up in the ceiling with reflectors behind them.

conduction, convection and radiation. are the three types of heat transfer.


I can't imagine these being terribly effective in a . . .

really cold environment.

We keep an efficient stove going all day with seasoned oak, maple and pine--

and the outerlying areas (our stove is big enough for our home) are always cool on a really cold day--

All candles are not created equally as well--

some are quite toxic--

but I'm listening--

I'm not laughing at these people--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

My woodstove is probably dollar for dollar

The best investment I ever made. It got down to 9 last night and the colder it gets, the more the draft, so it was kickin out the heat.

I don't like feeling smug, but . . .

we worked out little bodies into the ground to get enough wood to get through a really rough winter, not knowing it would be so harsh--

at the time I had my doubts; I was tired of being out in the dark hauling and stacking with spouse and whichever children happened to be at home at the time--

I had real concerns for our children; one would put in a long day at work and then come out and stack wood in the dark (it was dark by then; we had to work during the day)--

and the other one isn't that strong physically, but worked very hard--

being stiff and sore and falling into bed and having the aches and pains keep the old ones (spouse and I) awake--

I wondered why we were such idiots?

And then we would hear about ANOTHER fallen tree someone needed taken out of the woods--

it never ended, and the cold came on suddenly; we were taking wood out woods that were covered with snow--

and now I am so glad--

we spent a lot of money on our woodstove 33 years ago, and it was the best investment we made--

wood-burning was big then, and many of our friends spent money on cheap stoves that are no longer being used. We were laughed at for buying a 'Cadillac'--for our then very small and modest home--

home's still small and modest, but it's warm, by gosh!!!

9 would be nice weather for where we are, but it doesn't matter where you live, hypothermia can set in at a ridiculously high temperature--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Congratulations for being prepared

I thought I was, had 2+ cords dry and I am almost through it. This is reported to be the coldest winter in 20 years for Michigan! I don't burn 24/7 but usually have a fire 6-8 hrs of the day. Now it's one degree here, an old fashioned winter, so much for global warming.

deacon's picture

Old fashioned winter?

Last year,we burnt 7-8 cords of wood.This year,we have almost used
10 cords,and it still january,and yes mich.And yes,so much for global warming
We are heading for another ice age
Are you any where near the SE side of the state?

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

I am in Grand Rapids

Why, whats up? 10 Cords, whoa, you must have a large home. My first house I used to burn that quantity, it was a 2 story brick English Tudor build in 1929. Not what you would call energy efficient, but it was a cool looking old house.

deacon's picture

OH,nothing now

I get free wood,and was more than willing to help keep another warm
It just wouldn't pay for a haul that far,for you or I
WE live in the same house but was warmer last yr,it is over 100 yrs old and small
a story and 3/4's,this I know,as I hit my head on the ceiling up stairs.
the walls have been insulated twice...I found out later that they did not believe in 2ft centers,or anything that was remotely close,newer windows,but with previous windows taken out,there seems to be spaces with no insulation.I can hear the sparrows outside.

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

I'm worried about a lot of people right now--

I know people who can't pay their heating bills; I know people who have lost employment, etc.--

and don't have any wood at all.

I'm sorry you're almost running out. As I said, I don't want to be smug, and I wish I could provide warmth for others--

I was getting tired of hauling wood, and my 'better half' insisted we keep going. I am SO glad now.

Yes, I've apologized. :)

We burn day and night, but our furnace is here as back-up; we simply can't afford the extra gas right now--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Aladdin lamps

So, the other day my husband and I went into an antique lighting store for parts to a chandelier. While there, my husband got to talking with the owner. He was telling my husband the amazing benefits of the true Aladdin lamps. The guy lit a lamp while we were there to show my husband how much light and heat it produced. It was bright and it was WARM. He claims you could easily heat a large room for hours with such a lamp. My husband got all excited and wanted to buy it right there! I was busy so I kinda nixed it. When we got home and talked further, we decided when we go to retrieve our ordered chandelier part, we will definitely buy one of those lamps! It really was quite impressive.
This will be a nice thing to have when the power goes out! I'll let you know how it goes, and even get a picture for you if I am as happy as I think I'll be!
One thing to note is that size definitely matter here! The one he showed us was fairly large and he claims the small ones just don't function as well.

I am very blessed to own 2

aladdin lamps. One is a shelf one and one a hanging one. I bought them at a yard sale for $2 and $5. They must not have thought that they were worth anything anymore.

I used to own an Aladdin lamp...

and they do put out a lot of heat, but heating a large room? Depends on whether you live in Maine or Southern Texas. Also, beware, the wick can flare up if it is turned up too high.

Puma for Life and ntwbn. . .

We have an Alladin, but regular lamp oil doesn't work in them; I think kerosene does, but we have someone in our home who can't handle that odor--(gets sick)--

Have you been able to find odor-free kerosene anywhere in your local areas?

I don't want to order it through Lehmans; I know they carry the odor free kerosene--

I think we checked all the local places--

just looking for ideas--

We're not using it, and that's a shame--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--


have you tried the lamp oil Aladdin sells? Found this at Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Aladdin-17554-Lamp-Fuel-Gal/dp/B0056OCOBS/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1390693698&sr=8-7&keywords=aladdin+oil+lamp

I freaked when I saw that the cost of the classic brass Aladdin lamp is now $210!!! Whoa...phew...that is outrageous!

thank you--

I didn't know they sold one, and I hadn't made that connection.

Sometimes it's really helpful to ask other people!!! :)

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

you are welcome...

I don't remember it having that strong of an odor...cleaner than normal kerosene.

Lehmans has a lower price and . . .

less expensive shipping; we'll be getting some today--



it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Fun reading the video comments

Looks like there were a few "flats" damaged.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

For small candles, votives are more trustworthy

Tea candles should not be set close to each other, nor in a draft. Best to place them in individual containers. An empty votive container, or coffee cup works well.

The guy is trying to share another kind of inexpensive heat.

Innovative thinking is great...!! While watching, made me think about the Zeer, a double clay jar refrigerator.


last night it got down to -30 windshield
I am going to have to stick with the wood burner--sorry

Anything that allows freedom from the grid

interests me


my thinking...
The wax has only 'so' much energy to 'give'/transfer to the room by fire. Quickly.. or slowly.. it's finite.
So the 'mass' (storage) then can only 'pause' the transfer
of that energy from wax to the air molecules to 'warm' the room.
What 'warms' the room is slowing down the 'loss' of that energy
OUT of the room and storing it (further) into surrounding mass... the denser the better (slower dissipation).
Apart from clay pots (or other mass.. furniture, wallboard etc.)
and slowing loss w/ insulation.. one of the BEST measures one can take in a confined space to slow loss... is to keep the heat from stratifying, i.e., your energy 'laying' against the ceiling trying to escape.
A small fan swirling the heat around & back down to the mass
will make the 'most' of that finite candle.
Other than that.. cool vid... thx for posting. :)

My favorite heater is still
the 1qt paint can
a roll of toilet paper
and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

Asclepius's picture

toilet paper paint can heater sounds interesting

why is it your favorite? low cost, low emissions, or just neat?

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