Saturday, November 24, 2012
Clay Emergency Heaters?
Clay Pot Emergency Heaters?
I've seen these around on some of the survival-type web sites so thought I would give it a try. They are supposed to enhance the heat of a candle in a small room just to take the edge off the cold in an emergency. I wasn't impressed. I think there are better options like the emergency alcohol heater I did a blog on. (click here) I had a thermometer not even a foot away, and it only went up one degree after a while. I had it in a small room with the door closed. If all you have is a candle and happen to have some clay pots, then go for it. It felt good to hold my cold hands on. :)
This was what I had to work with. The ones I've seen all used three pots. You really would want another large pot (a size somewhere in between the largest one and the smaller ones here) and probably just get rid of the smallest one. You simply put a nut through the holes in the bottom of the pots and bolt each one onto the nut, stacking them. (I put a washer on the outside of the big one to keep the nut from going through the large hole and to seal the hole.) Even if I had all the appropriate sized pots, I don't believe it would have been any better.
You want to fashion a stand or prop it onto something around the candle. (I tried putting the candle up farther too.)
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