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Message posted by geoffprinter on 23/12/2013 at 1:34pm
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Just wondering if anyone had tried this.

tea light heater

Message posted by Jack+Jon on 23/12/2013 at 2:17pm
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Ok for use as indicated in the video but inadvisable in a tent for obvious reasons.

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An old greenhouse trick, only problem is it goes out 4 hours after lighting, thats 2 am in my greenhouse.
the old style night lights would burn for about 8 to 10 hours but i dont think you can get them anymore

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Going to try that, now where do I get fork handles ?

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They used to use this method in the war for heating air raid shelters.

It does work but then again a 1940's car would get you from a-b doesn't mean we should all be driving one.


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I could have done with that this afternoon. A bit of wind and rain and we get a power cut. My heating is electric so no heat!

Just a thought though...do candles produce carbon monoxide?

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I was always told that if you put candles in the freezer before using them they burn for much longer, maybe frozen tea lights would last longer than the 4 hours?

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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 23/12/2013
Just a thought though...do candles produce carbon monoxide?



Same as a gas stove, they produce carbon dioxide unless there is insufficient ventilation. I can't see 4 candles requiring much ventilation though - any air vent should be adequate.

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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 23/12/2013

Just a thought though...do candles produce carbon monoxide?



As Alice la Pierre says in her comment (about a third of the way down the page) "... if you are heating your home with candles, please realise that in a competition for oxygen between you and the candles, the candles will win every time."



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I think you can get tea lights that burn for 6hours there just a bit bigger. The way the winds blowing out there Im half expecting a power cut. It sounds worse than the storm of last month. So I might be out in the shed looking for flower pots soon.

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Don't use plastic ones

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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 23/12/2013
Don't use plastic ones




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Slightly cheaper and with the same effect is to replace the 4 tea lights with a 60watt bulb, which should give the same heat output . For a pound you ccan get 6.667kw at 15p a unit, and since the 100 tea lights used four at a time would burn for 100 hours that would cost you about 10p more than running a 60watt bulb for the same time.

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Quote: Originally posted by janus on 24/12/2013
Slightly cheaper and with the same effect is to replace the 4 tea lights with a 60watt bulb, which should give the same heat output . For a pound you ccan get 6.667kw at 15p a unit, and since the 100 tea lights used four at a time would burn for 100 hours that would cost you about 10p more than running a 60watt bulb for the same time.




Phew Janus. Now that's scientific. But I havnt paid me leccy bill so Ive been cut off.

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Hillbillie (a member on here) posted this idea a few weeks ago as a way of heating the garden shed...My kitchen being a rather cold room...I rushed out to buy some pots and candles and tried it out...

Kept the kitchen nice and warm after about an hour for the inner pot to warm up...

Inspired by the idea...I took the pots and candles up to Glencoe...And explained the principle to some of the guys up there...We discussed the pro's and con's of the idea as adapted for use in camping...And came to the conclusion it was too dangerous (on so many levels) in a camping situation

Undeterred...I gave it a try in the tent during the day all vents and mesh windows open in a 3man Halo...All I can say is after an hour the temp inside was considerably higher than the temps outside on an early November day...But I still won't be using it as a heat source in my tent overnight...Two main reasons for that the Carbon M issue and the naked flame issue...

Good Idea for a well ventilated room in the house..A shed or allotment hut...But a bit risky on the floor of a tent especially if you thrash about in your sleep like what I do....

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