• DIY Flower Pot Heater

    Easy, Quick Tasty Receipe-flower-pot-heater.jpgPower go out unexpectedly in your area? Here's a very simple, dirt cheap homemade heater made out of Flower pots and tea lights that you can put together in under 5 minutes flat- and here's the kicker, It Actually WORKS.
    COMMON SENSE DISCLAIMER: This mini heater can easily reach 300F in a very short period of time,
    like ANY emergency heat source, It is Inadvisable to leave it unattended in a room with children or pets.


    Now that we got the common sense disclaimer out of the way, check this out! This simple heat source would work fantastic in a small greenhouse to keep the chill off plants overnight! Follow the directions carefully, do not substitute items, do not use LARGER candles or votives. Do not use a glass loaf pan or an aluminum foil loaf pan.

    You'll Need:
    2 Un-Glazed Terra Cotta (Clay) Flowerpots
    a metal loaf pan
    4 tealight candles- UNSCENTED
    a cooling rack (like you use when you bake cookies, seriously)
    a couple basic landscaping bricks (optional, but HIGHLY recommended, and BTW- These are NOT fire bricks.)
    a nickel or small piece of tinfoil

    When I first met a fellow who made one of these, he made me nervous. He balanced the clay pots on the loaf pan, which seriously made me wonder how he dared to leave it in his house at all. So, I've revamped the directions I've seen to make this topple proof.

    First, place the tea lights in the loaf pan and light them. Place a brick on either side of the loaf pan.

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    Set the cooling rack on top of the bricks. This is to provide stability so the pots wont tip over

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    Place the Smaller Clay pot upside down on the cooling rack, directly over the lit candles in the loaf pan.

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    Place a Nickel over the hole on the bottom of the plant pot to completely cover it. Failure to do so will result in very little heat. Alternatively, you could use a piece of aluminum foil to cover the hole.

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    Place the Large plant pot Over the small plant pot, creating a Heat Hut.

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    Here's what the temperature looked like in 3 minutes:

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    at 5 Minutes:
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    at 10 minutes:
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    after 35 minutes:
    it has reached full heat. At this point you should NOT attempt to touch the plant pots with your bare hands as you will get badly burned.

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    Depending on the brand of your candles, they should continue to burn about 3 hours.

    To replace the candles simply slide out the loaf pan, replace the spent tealight with a new Lit tealight and return it to the spot beneath the pots.
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    Some Notes: While this does generate quite a bit of heat, this is obviously NOT going to heat a 2500 square foot house. You can, however, use 2 of these set ups to keep an 10x12 room fairly comfortable if you light it as soon as the power goes out and avoid opening and closing doors, etc.

    Common Sense- Shouldn't have to say it but we will:

    • DO NOT Use Larger Candles, the tea lights are more than sufficient. Use of larger candles COULD result in the pot overheating and cracking
    • Do not use more than 4 candles at a time (see above)
    • Do not "Balance" the Pots on the Loaf Pan - use a cooling rack for stability
    • Do Not Use Scented Candles- Seriously, you'll just get a massive headache from them.
    • Make sure the Terra Cotta pot is UNGLAZED - otherwise it will give off fumes (imagine that!)
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    Comments 26 Comments
    1. grannyp's Avatar
      grannyp -
      Glad to see this. Had seen it on TV but never got the instructions.
    1. jmgood38's Avatar
      jmgood38 -
      What size pots did you use?
    1. maddelena's Avatar
      maddelena -
      The ones I saw on the internet for sale are more complicated. They had more layers of pots and were screwed together with bolts, washers and nuts. This one is much simpler to deal with.
    1. reneemc's Avatar
      reneemc -
      Quick and simple in an emergency! Keeping that idea in my survival bag
    1. tiaharts's Avatar
      tiaharts -
      This is nice to know as we have 'winter weather' for the first time since 1989 in Florida! I've had some friends with power out in a neighboring town earlier this afternoon. I shared this on FB. Thanks for posting!
    1. tcmcsmom's Avatar
      tcmcsmom -
      Man, this beats a kerosene heater and appears to be a little safer
    1. tcmcsmom's Avatar
      tcmcsmom -
      Do you have to use tea lights or can you use the small candles?
    1. Polly466's Avatar
      Polly466 -
      Does the bottom of the loaf pan get hot? Should you put something under it to protect whatever surface you are placing heater on? Thank you.
    1. TStalinsky's Avatar
      TStalinsky -
      I had never heard of this. What an amazing idea. I have an oversized livingroom that is very hard to keep warm, so I will be trying this very soon!
    1. dunderwood's Avatar
      dunderwood -
      Awesome! Thank you for sharing!!! Gonna make one for the parlor that doesn't have heat! Cool idea for this cold weather!!! TY!
    1. Georgiasmommy09's Avatar
      Georgiasmommy09 -
      Wow! What a Super Economical way to heat your home. What a great way for people who live in new construction in Florida, who don't have fire places, to heat their homes. Gonna try this soon, thanks.
    1. jstegall's Avatar
      jstegall -
      I think a Mr. Buddy heater is a must have myself. I have one that I have never had to use but from the reviews I think I will feel safe heating one room. I also have two sleeping bags that are made for extreme cold. I have been buying things bit by bit because I hate the thought of my mother, in her eighties, being cold, hungry, or thirsty.
    1. MusicMaking's Avatar
      MusicMaking -
      We tried this after seeing a video online. It didn't work well at all. We decided against trying again after reading warnings about using these types of heaters inside because of possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
    1. damialyon's Avatar
      damialyon -
      This is going into my emergency kits book!! Thank you so much for another great tip!!!
    1. christinag's Avatar
      christinag -
      Quote Originally Posted by MusicMaking View Post
      We tried this after seeing a video online. It didn't work well at all. We decided against trying again after reading warnings about using these types of heaters inside because of possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
      You can not get carbon monoxide poisoning from "4 little tea light candles"... if you use something else, that could cause a problem...
    1. FrugalLoving's Avatar
      FrugalLoving -
      Quote Originally Posted by tiaharts View Post
      This is nice to know as we have 'winter weather' for the first time since 1989 in Florida! I've had some friends with power out in a neighboring town earlier this afternoon. I shared this on FB. Thanks for posting!
      lol, this made me grin... I am Albertan, we went past -50C here this winter, and I never even broke out an official winter jacket
    1. Thriftymamma's Avatar
      Thriftymamma -
      Certainly would not do much here either in Northwestern Ontario. Four little tea lights could not possibly heat a room. It might be useful in a car though if you were stranded in the snow!
    1. egglady's Avatar
      egglady -
      I'm trying this the next time electric goes out
    1. Sigrin's Avatar
      Sigrin -
      Nifty idea! Would work in a home and I like the suggestion for in the car as well. Thanks
    1. SCMary's Avatar
      SCMary -
      Wow! I REALLY LIKE THIS IDEA. I


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