This DIY Heater Will Keep You Warm and Cut Energy Cost

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By Thomas

It’s that time of the year when cold snaps cripple large swaths of the United States and those heating bills go up and up and up. But did you know you can heat a small room with some candles and a clay or terracotta pot?

This candle powered do-it-yourself heater can reach radiant temperatures of 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pot itself remains warm for hours after you’ve blown the candles out. Be very careful when handling or moving the heater though; the inner chamber of the pot has been known to reach extremely high temperatures – 500 degrees if you believe the video.

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How does it work?

I’ve encountered some people who were pretty skeptical of how well this home made heater works. This heater works by trapping and concentrating heat that would normally just rise to the ceiling and rapidly dissipate into the surrounding air. This method allows the heat to radiate out of the sides of the pot too. As mentioned before, the pot keeps warm for hours after you’ve blown the candles out.

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Will you be able to heat your whole house with it? Not by a long shot. But if you have a small bedroom, a bathroom that has trouble warming up in the winter, or even a shed that you like to work in, this can help increase the temperature by a good amount.

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