Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat from the flame of a few candles inside a terracotta dome, radiating warmth into a room even after the candles are blown out. The concept was developed by Marco Zagaria, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. The the brilliant little heater was successfully funded through Indiegogo, and you can get your own in a variety of colors to start heating your office, dorm or bedroom without using electricity today.
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I can't imagine any dorm that would allow an open flame heater.
We have done this for years with up side down terra cotta flower pots... one inside another. Bolted together at the "top" on a fire proof platter. Works well. Is cheap.
This product is dangerous!!! Nearly burned my house down!!! Do not use it!!
I've used a similar heater with both candles or an incandescent bulb for years now as part of a modified kotatsu arrangement in my living room. It works fine and that's not based upon opinion but my lived experience. If we ever have winter here in Massachusetts this year, I'll use this device again.
I would love to try this!!
A regular candle lets most of its heat rise immediately upward to the ceiling. This type of pottery heater heats up and reradiates at tabletop level, so the warmth is held at a useful height for a longer time. If you can place it safely near your feet it will warm your feet. It is a helpful type of contrivance and it does make sense. In a survival situation, it could make the difference between life or death, especially if one is well stocked with candles, or if you use a Crisco candle which lasts a really long time. CO2 and carbon monoxide are dangerous but so is freezing.
Nice thought, but you only get the same amount of heat from the candles, whether they're confined under this 'pot' or left unfettered. The candles use up some of their heat warming up the pot, which then releases the heat later on. You're not getting something for nothing!
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Everyone screams BS without having tried it or thought at all about it. Just like when you heat a frying pan up on a stove then move it to another room, the frying pan is still hot... and distributes that heat as it cools down... so does the pot/clay etc. After the heat source is gone, the heated item is still warm... How can so many people miss that obvious of a thing? Without ever having tried anything, people preach a lot about what they say doesn't work. I've used these, and they help. You won't heat the house but that wasn't what the point was to start with. The candle doesn't cost a lot, it doesn't produce much co2 like the scardey pants said... or otherwise use an insane amount of petroleum... People burn candles to start with, so why not get a little heat at the same time if you're cold? I've used one of these made from a plant pot and it does retain enough heat to be warm half an hour after the candle is gone... therefore producing a little extra heat for at least half an hour... They didn't say it would replace a fireplace. stephengn, do your homework... in Quebec we don't have heaps of sun in the winter to use solar... and to spend $2000 for the cheapest system either... also, people rent... have zoning laws... and burn tealights anyway... Your post was the equivalent of telling a kid their easy bake oven isn't efficient enough... we already know that... Anyone with Raynaud's know why a pair of sock won't cut it!!
The admins don't like someone telling the truth? Are you in on the fraud?
Rip off: http://www.notechmagazine.com/2014/11/dont-heat-your-room-with-tea-candles.html
Ok so candles as a local fuel source, I see, like heating oil. Candles are at the very least partially petrolium based and if you figure how much CO2 candles emit (including the amount emitted in their manufacture), how would these emissions compare to the emissions of other energy efficient heating sources, including wind and solar? ...Very badly I'm afraid. Humans need to stop burning stuff - even stuff that looks pretty when it burns - to energize their lives This is not helpful. Please do your homework next time.
i think that this is a great idea and i cant wait until i can try it for my self but it has to be for the right price
Utter total bs you would get more heat out of farting
this would actually work for places like my bedroom. id prefer this kind of thing for a foot warmer (under my desk) or a hand warmer on my desk. These do work. people saying they are debunked dont live in british columbia with 250$ a month electricity...
NO. This idea has been THOROUGHLY BUSTED. - You can\'t heat any more cheaply, or cleanly with candle heaters. - Candles DO produce heat, which can be harnessed, but generally less efficiently, and at MUCH GREATER COST than other methods of heating. The math, and the thermodynamics simply don't work. No flower pot etc. can change the total amount of heat produced by the candle, even if it radiates it slightly more efficiently. If you use enough candles to sufficiently heat your space, their cost will be much greater than running your heater would have been. - And they will create more pollution per-BTU than an efficiently running furnace, or your regional power plant. Yes, it could warm your fingers or toes, sitting at your desk, but at greater costs than a heater. You would be MUCH BETTER SERVED BY A THICK PAIR OF WOOL SOCKS, &/OR FUZZY SLIPPERS, AND A SWEATER.
just go get yourself a clay flower pot and put some small candles under, it is exactly the same thing, they are not amazing for extreme cold though and you are usually better off using more than one candle, this item looks more pretentious than useful.
sorry guys but I really think that it could be a super-scam. the \"inventor\" has just published a note (ooops, just after he reached 80k!!!) where he says that this object isn\'t a substitution of the normally heating methods... to me sounds uncorrect, more people have to know!! as now there are like 1300 doners that will receive a not-functioning object! here the note: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/egloo-candle-powered-heater#activity
This is bull sh**. Doesn\\\'twork, never has worked, never WILL WORK!
The art majors that are touting this "revolutionary" product should speak with a few engineers. Despite how pretty you package it, a large candle (like the smelly ones that you can get from Yankee Candle) only produce about 75 watts of heat. A typical space heater produces about 1500 watts of heat. Simple math says that you will need 20 candles to produce the same amount of heat from candles as you can from a $50 space heater. At NYC electric rates, a space heater will cost about $2.50 to run for 24 hours. It's doubtful you could procure candles for that same cost. Also, a space heater does not produce toxic gases that candles produce. These gases need to be vented with fresh (and unheated air). Sorry art majors - you can't fool Father Physics....
Please explain to me how this is supposed to provide any more heat than a candle alone. Heat is heat!
since we have little ones running around wondering what the danger of being burned is?
Is the heating power enough? Heating power is measured in BTU [which is a few percent larger than 1 kJ], while the exact details of how many BTU are required per room depend on the size, insulation of it and the efficiency and positioning of the heating unit, there are standard calculations and examples which are used to size heating unit in houses. For example, in the source above typical characteristics of a heater are given between 10 and 40 kBTU/h (about 3-11 kilowatts). In my experience, often a 2kW (6800 BTU/h) heater is also enough, so I'll use that as a lower limit. Space heater capacities generally range between 10,000 BTU and 40,000 Btu per hour, and commonly run on electricity, propane, natural gas, and kerosene (see wood and pellet heating for information on wood and pellet stoves). Now, how many candle do we need to produce 10 kBTU/h? It turns out that the energy output of candles is well studied: From measurements of the mean mass loss rate (0.105 g/min) and hceff (43.8 kJ/g), the steady-state heat release rate from the candle was calculated as 77±9 W Which can be converted to be 263 BTU/h. Therefore, by division, a 6.8kBTU room heater corresponds to 26 candles. It is easy to see that the heat released by 4 candles, as in the claim, is 6.5 times smaller than an electric heater and thus vastly insufficient to heat a room.
Referring to the Egloo heaters; anytime you heat with fire you need to make sure there is adequate ventilation or there could be a build up of carbon monoxide.
Be sure to avoid cheap paraffin tea candles because you don't want to breathe those toxins.
Useless crap. Indeed is a product of "Fine Arts". Learn some thermodynamics. There are good low tech solutions for other problems but not for this one and at least not in this manner. Moreover what's the deal with electricity, many countries have it from water, wind... Candles instead are made from oil. Enjoy your toxic paraffin fumes
The concept was developed by Marco Zagaria - I don't think so!! This from 2012: "For the past few years I have been sailing through the winter I use tealight candles from Ikea at 1p each and put them on a metal plate. I have heard about people using flower pots to make the heat from candles more effective and I was deeply cynical. How can that work? However, having been through the coldest October for a decade I thought I would experiment a little. It does seem to keep the room warmer than four candles just burning in the dish - maybe the two pots with the air gap help to move the air around more efficiently. I will try to do some comparative tests on the boat; in the meantime it allows me to avoid putting the central heating on in the house. The running costs is 8 pence a day You can buy a proper job for $30 http://tacticalintelligence.net/blog/how-to-make-a-candle-heater.htm and during ww2 the Uk govt was promoting the idea as well http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib/156/media-156335/large.jpg " So all you need are some terracotta flowerpots and some tealights!
Can be done with a terracotta flower pot and a couple of bricks.
how do I buy one, or seven
Here's an existing product that does the same kind of thing: http://www.heatstick.com I've used one for years and you can substitute a filament light bulb (reptile heating lamp bulbs are best) for the candle.
" The concept was developed by Marco Zagaria, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome" This was hardly developed by a guy in Italy...this is a well recognized and documented method of heating (see, for example: http://www.instructables.com/.../Candle-Powered-Pottery.../ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ancrNsJHkGw)....he DESIGNED a different form factor. Do it yourself!