Colder nights in Savannah means rising energy bills. But now there is a man who says you can heat your home with tea lights and flowerpots for just cents a day.
Journalist and boat owner Dylan Winter came up with this do-it-yourself heater. He simply placed tea lights inside a bread tin and covered it with two ceramic flowerpots.
Dylan says you can heat your home this way for around eight hours a day.
Here are the steps to make your own heater (according to Dylan).
First, he bought tea lights $1.50 for 100. He also uses a standard loaf tin and two different-sized flowerpots.
The tea lights are put inside the 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 tea lights. 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 channeled 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.
Dylan says you get a nice flow around the pots, and it warms up the room. He says each tea light burns for around four hours. He uses four in the morning and four in the afternoon.