How to heat your home using just TEALIGHTS and FLOWERPOTS

Rising energy bills are a political hot topic at the moment but one YouTube user has devised a way of heating a room for just 8p a day.

Journalist and boat owner Dylan Winter created his DIY heater using tealights placed inside a bread tin and covered with two ceramic flowerpots.

The system uses the scientific principles of convection heat transfer and Winter claims it can heat his home for around eight hours a day.

HOW DOES THE DIY HEATER WORK?

In the video, the tealights are put inside a bread loaf tin and covered with a small upside-down flowerpot.

The hole in the top of the upside-down pot is covered with the metal casing leftover from one of the tealights.

This pot is covered by a second, larger pot and the hole in the bigger flowerpot is left uncovered.

The system works because the candles produce gases full of heated particles that are captured and channelled through the pots. 

These hot gas particles are lighter than the gases in the air, meaning they rise up into the colder area.

This causes the cold air to fall into the warm areas and creates a convection current which transfers heat from one pot to another, and out of the hole on top. 

Winter, who posts to YouTube under the username KeepTurningLeft, is a journalist and boat owner.

He created the DIY heater as an alternative way of heating his boat as well as his office at home.

Winter bought tealights from Ikea that cost £1 for 100, a standard loaf tin, and two different-sized flowerpots.

The smaller flowerpot, when placed upside down, needs to just cover the centre of the loaf tin, while the larger flowerpot needs to sit comfortably over the smaller one.

In the video explaining how to build the heater, Winter lights four of the candles and places them inside the tin.

He places the smaller flowerpot upside down on top of the tin and covers the hole in the pot with one of the metal cases leftover from the tealights.

The larger flowerpot is then placed on top of the smaller one, and its hole is left uncovered.  In the video, the tealights are put inside a bread loaf tin and covered with a small upside-down flowerpot.

In the video, the tealights are put inside a bread loaf tin and covered with a small upside-down flowerpot. The hole in the top of the upside-down pot is covered with the metal casing leftover from one of the tealights. This pot is covered by a second, larger pot and the hole in the bigger flowerpot is left uncovered

Journalist and boat owner Dylan Winter, pictured, created his DIY heater using tealights, a loaf tin and two ceramic flowerpots.
Journalist and boat owner Dylan Winter, pictured, created his DIY heater using tealights, a loaf tin and two ceramic flowerpots. In the video, pictured, Winter places the tealights inside the small tin before lighting themWinter explains that the heat from the candles warms the inside of the smaller flowerpot, which becomes an ‘inner core’ that gets ‘very hot.’A ‘convection of air’ is then created between the smaller and larger pots and this heated air comes out the top of the homemade heater.The system works because the candles produce gases full of heated particles that are captured and channelled through the pots. 

These hot gas particles are lighter than the gases in the air, meaning they rise up into the colder area.

Winter covers the tealights and tin with a small upside down flowerpot, pictured.
Winter covers the tealights and tin with a small upside-down flowerpot, pictured. The hole in the top of the pot is covered with the metal casing leftover from one of the tealights

This causes the cold air to fall into the warm areas and creates a convection current which transfers heat from the pots and through the hole in the top.

Winter said: ‘People have told me that judicious positioning of flowerpots help to make the heating more efficient. I did not believe it but it really does seem to work.

‘You get a nice flow around the [pots] and it warms the room up. You’d be amazed.’

KeepTurningLeft works for Practical Boat Owner magazine and claims he uses the DIY heater on his boat.

Each tealight burns for around four hours, and Dylan Winter uses four tealights in the morning, and four in the afternoon to heat his rooms for eight hours a day.

The smaller pot is covered by a second, larger one and the hole in the bigger flowerpot is left uncovered, pictured.
The smaller pot is covered by a second, larger one and the hole in the bigger flowerpot is left uncovered, pictured. The system works because the candles produce gases full of heated particles that are captured and channelled through the pots

Article Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2492549/Video-reveals-heat-home-using-just-TEALIGHTS-FLOWERPOTS–costs-just-8p-day.html#ixzz2l9xSa0D8

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