How do you make a DIY space heater with no electricity? Our office can get really cold during the winter. We think it’s because it’s above a crawl space and there is no insulation (something we should remedy). I created this personal space heater to help keep me warm while working in there. This is a simple and inexpensive personal space heater that you can move and take with you.
You’ll need the following:
Coaster (Mine are from Dollar Tree)
Tealight (16 count package at Dollar Tree)
Apple Slicer (I had mine, but you can get these at Dollar Tree.)
2 terra cotta pots, one smaller than the other. (Mine are from Dollar Tree)
Set the tealight on the coaster. The coaster is for protecting your surface area from the heat.
Light the tealight.
Place the apple slicer upside down and over the tealight. This step is what gives the tealight air so the flame will remain lit. I have had mine lit for over an hour a few times now and the plastic is fine – it doesn’t get too hot. If you are at all worried you can use an all metal apple corer/slicer.
Set the smaller terra cotta pot on the apple slicer and center over the flame.
Place the larger terra cotta pot over the smaller pot.
It’ll take a little while to warm up for the pots to warm up. When you’re done with it, it will need time to cool down before you move it.
I put this one by my desk. It’s great for a “hand warmer”. You can add up to 3 tealights with this one. I did try it and the plastic got warm after being lit an hour – again you can use an all metal apple slicer if you’d rather. For more warmth – You can make these with bigger terra cotta pots and make a larger space heater too!
Other DIY Space Heater ideas:
- You can adjust any size clay pots for this simple heater. A bigger terra cotter pot heater will heat a small room
- This one uses tea candles or tea lights but you can use a larger jar candle with bigger pots to heat an entire room
- Be careful when making your terracotta pot heater of an open flame, always use caution.
- You can make your own fire pit with isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol for an alcohol heater. Alcohol burns clean so you don’t have to worry about alcohol fumes or toxic fumes.
- You an place toilet paper in a ceramic bowl as well.
These are handy for emergency situations, and this emergency heater is great for a power outage. This emergency heat source is great when you can’t use a ceramic heater, or electric space heaters, or your heating system is out. If you aren’t comfortable with an a flower pot heater, you can always consider a solar heater or something that uses a solar panel for heat. When using your homemade space heater, always crack a window when burning anything to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are in a cold climate you can always consider a wood-burning stove. Now while these are only good for a small space, they are alternative heat sources when you’re in a pinch. You’ll want to pick up the supplies for this DIY project in advance so you’re not scrambling in the moment to make a homemade heater.
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