Heating with clay pots and candles

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Heating with clay pots and candles

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Does it work? Does it work consistently if a certain way to do it is followed to a T? Is it like a recipe, stray from the measurements and you get what you get?

Youtube is full of candle/clay pot contraptions claiming it will heat a small room. But really? The Law of Thermodynamics is immutable. Energy can't be created. Okay then, what is working or not working about clay pot heating?

There all kinds of variation found on the 'net, here's a more elaborate one solving certain problems.

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Here is a simplier way to try it. Has anyone here tried it like this? More elaborate? Less?

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Apparently good as a hand warmer but for heating a room not so much.
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Well that's the thing, there are all kinds of claims. Look at this one. She does say it's not for a large area.

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If I had a brand new set of clay pots I'd try it with a few different set ups but I don't. I do have everything else though. I suspect Spring is the time stores stock clay pots and there may be a quality difference from real nurseries to dollar stores. Not sure if that's true though.
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Please keep in mind safety.
Yellow flame from candle means incomplete combustion, which means carbon monoxide is being produced.
Yellow tips also contribute to sooting.
If you don't mind breathing burnt, sooted, poisonous air,fill your boots.
Also, FYI the standard average flame will produce about 1000btu/h
So you had best get a pile of candles & a gas mask, plus some cleaning supplies
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I plan to try it in the sunroom when I can get said materials new.
I'll let you know how it goes.
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Queen K wrote: Feb 11th, 2024, 10:00 pm I plan to try it in the sunroom when I can get said materials new.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Keeping in mind what the post above yours noted, you should probably get a carbon monoxide detector as well.
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Lady tehMa wrote: Feb 12th, 2024, 8:59 am
Queen K wrote: Feb 11th, 2024, 10:00 pm I plan to try it in the sunroom when I can get said materials new.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Keeping in mind what the post above yours noted, you should probably get a carbon monoxide detector as well.
Keep us posted!
Well if we don't hear from her we will know what happened. :smt045
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You can always tell who burns candles in their house....
Just look up to the ceiling. The carbon attaches to the drywall at the densest point. Where the truss is.
You can visibly see faint black strait lines across the ceiling.
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I don't burn candles for 'fun' but will try the heating thing. just haven't got the time til the weekend to find the right clay pots.
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I've read that UCO lanterns (candles) are safer and provide 4deg C in tents (YMMV)
ultimately it depends on the area & type of structure being heated and how or what you are measururing (temp. wise) ... as mentioned be safe.
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What logic is behind the "clay pot"?
How does placing a clay pot over a flame increase the heat output of the flame?
It will capture the heat & slowly realease it, but it is the same amount of heat to begin with....
The only thing that will be netted is the carbon buildup inside the pots.
Good luck cleaning the mess that carbon flakes create.
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