I saw this circulating in my newsfeed and decided to try it! This is the winter of the Polar Vortex, so I was looking for lots of ways to avoid putting on the geothermal. The geothermaIl cost is fixed, but running the fan to bring the warmth up from 10C costs us electricity.
Since we are on the top floor, a corner unit, facing north, with extra high ceilings, we were very aware of the hard work the fan was doing. So, for 7$, I invested in a couple of clay pots and had fun experimenting. 🙂
I am a bit of a safety nut. With a blind dog running around, I made sure that the flame was nowhere near cloth or could be knocked over by Max. The best place would be on the floor because heat rises. Instead I put it on a wooden kitchen arm chair. It is protected on three sides and very stable. If we leave the apartment, we blow out all the candles — partly for safety and a lot simply because we don’t need the heat when we are not there.
Results? It doesn’t heat a large room with twelve-foot ceilings but it helps. 🙂 I think if we were really cold and the geothermal was not working, we would take this heater to the smallest room and hang out there.
I prefer beeswax candles, so will make a batch once I have the moulds and wicks since I have some old wax to reuse from spent candles.
Here is the link to the article and video that shows you how to do this: Tealight Heater
What do you think? Would you try this out?