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Adam Poddepie
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Ok, this might now be the right page in the forum to post this, but I thought it was really cool!!

I was staring at a candle in my room, and thinking about all of that wasted heat when I started searching for how many candles it would take to heat a room. Obviously I knew that this wasn't a viable pursuit, but I thought it might lead to some interesting thoughts along the same line. A couple of web pages later I found a guy that had the right idea! It's obvious that a single candle wont do a lot for an entire room, but if all of that heat is concentrated at human height (say, sitting at a desk), then there may be something! Here's what I found:

http://heatstick.com/_Process.htm

Basically, the guy took several clay pots, a bolt, some nuts and washers, and a little time and made a candle heat storage unit! It gets pretty warm and reviewers said it was great for a small area heater. Let me know what you guys think, I thought it was nifty and I'm going to build one myself
 
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Pretty cool!



I hope he knows that it's illegal to claim a trademark on a non-trademarked item, though. He could face thousands in fines. (Especially since Quad-Core is already trademarked by a footwear company)
 
Adam Poddepie
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Good point. I do have to give the guy credit though. He came up with a design, made it, sold it, and then gave away the design for free to promote the idea. Definitely shows where his values lie!
 
Ken Peavey
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I've seen these. They are effective over short distances and in small spaces. You won't be heating your house with these, but you can heat a person.
As a microheater, it can be used to stay warm while reducing the heating demand for the rest of the house.

Have a look at Paul Wheaton's microheater article.
 
Adam Poddepie
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I remember that article, it was a real eye opener for heating possibilities. I made a makeshift candle heater for my desk and it really kept my hands at a nice temperature! (upside down metal camping bowl supporter by 2 mini soda cans over a fair-sized candle)
 
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It got me to thinking about mini-bells for candles and kerosene lanterns, etc..

His heat stick idea could be incorporated into an air to air heat exchanger that could blow heat from a lamp under a table or desk.

Check out this wax stove. Very nice, but I think that the small reservoir makes it inconvenient for home use. They seem to be targeting the high end outdoors market right now. It could make an excellent emergency heat/light source, and with a larger reservoir it could be a good off-grid alternative.
 
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