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How To Heat Up Your Room Using Just a Candle: Kandle Heeter!

kh group 284x300 How To Heat Up Your Room Using Just a Candle: Kandle Heeter!Doyle Doss, a Northern California Inventor, has created a candle powered space heater. It sounds like science fiction, but it really is a simple and green energy device, that could save you a lot of money by only lighting a candle, in the long run. The CO2 output of a candle is too small to mention, and the materials that this device is made of are all here since the Earth exists.

This heater is a multi-core steel and ceramic radiator assembly, suspended above the candle on a solid steel stand. The radiator absorbs and concentrates the thermal energy of the candle and converts it into dry radiant space heat. If you burn candles, now you can add their heat to your home or office.

There is also an “electric candle” option that uses a 60 watt quartz halogen lamp; that works out to about 6 cents for 10 hours of “burn” time.

“Steel has the ability to approach the temperature of its heat source,” says the inventor, “so the solid steel inner core will go as high as 550° Fahrenheit. That high inner temperature is mitigated to a very warm 160° to 180° on the outer surface. As long as the candle remains under the steel the surface is constantly emitting dry radiant heat.”

The simple elegant design has no moving parts. The unglazed terra cotta is nicely complemented by the natural finish on the solid steel stand. The overall appearance is at once very striking, unusual and definitely organic.

What’s new for 2008 is an “electric candle” option that takes advantage of the fact that 90% of the energy that goes into an incandescent lamp is “wasted” as heat. “We take the waste heat of an incandescent lamp and pump it into the radiator assembly. If the electric energy is coming from a renewable source then the use is green and sustainable,” says Mr. Doss. This is very efficient and inexpensive way to add a bit of heat to an otherwise cold room.

The electric candle is pictured below:

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The Kandle Heeter Candle Holder is available on Doyle Doss’s website, http://heatstick.com/_KanHeet01.htm, for $29.95. It is definitely an excellent gift for a candle-loving, green optimistic friend.

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maxmagnus
maxmagnus

Most wax is polluted. Beekeepers know this. Wax for "beauty" products is imported from Africa since they are too poor there to treat their bee-hives with anything. Trust me you do not wish to inhale the residue from wax. I read recently that paraffin causes cancer. So to sum up either get clean wax or forget this.

Preston Baillargeon
Preston Baillargeon

FYI All PIPE is measured on the ID  That is why your shoe is stamped 3/4"

TIMTIM
TIMTIM

The real money comes when they sell the mailing list of the poor idiots who bought this.  The marks will be targeted for real estate scams and magic beans.


Sadly, state attorney generals no longer sue these scam artists for fraud, so the marks are left without money.  There is no one left looking out for these poor people anymore, and we as a society are letting the most immoral people shovel money onto themselves from the innocent naive.


 I wonder if I should blame early mandatory science education of children in public schools.  Do the kids learn to hate science earlier, or think that they are now scientists because they grew a bean in a cup in 2nd grade?

Moose
Moose

Oil and gas are also here all here since the Earth exists. 

Stop talking greenish.. its so 1990.

Laurence
Laurence

Conservation of Energy - cannot be created nor destroyed.

In this case, the heat from the flame of a candle (burning oil) will provide one candle flame worth of heat. Putting a pot over it, 20 pots, a bowl of water, a chunk of concrete, etc. will NOT increase or amplify the amount of heat output from the candle flame. Now if it were some other form of energy and being converted to heat, that's a different story (like microwave radiation source converting to heat) or electrical energy converting to heat (an electric heater), but the energy is conserved.

But this candle thing, is a flame... it's already heat. A candle is oil which is burning, you know like gasoline, wooden logs, coal... you don't get more. Can you imagine if it were true? Every company in the world would be producing mammoth sized versions of this, "free power"...

This candle/pot thing is like perpetual motion, it's fake, it won't do anything more than the heat from whatever the source is.

TiberiusAlexander
TiberiusAlexander

i tried this out, built it exactly like in the instructions, first tied with a 50W Infra red Heating bulb, the results were very poor, then changed the bulb to 150W IR heating bulb, the results were a bit better but not enough to heat up a 3x3m bedroom. then again i upgraded the bulb to a 250W IR heating bulb, the results were better, i could feel the outer pot warming up but not enough to warm up a room. In my opinion i'd say its not worth it, this is just a waste of time.

chuck4818
chuck4818

On a recent expedition to the south pole, my team and I realized we had grabbed the gardening bag with clay pots and candles instead of the bag with our heaters and food. Needless to say, we made a few of these candle heaters and within 10 minutes had melted through 500 feet of ice and were able to plant pineapple, peach, kiwi, and banana trees. All 247 members of my team owe their lives to these things and of course the US Air Force which rescued us after only 3 years. One of our climatologists (who also does taxes) pointed we left them burning when we left believes this is the sole reason for global warming. At any rate, any smaller scale operations would be a great project to do with kids instead of letting them play video games. A great and fun way to get people thinking AND learning.

Guest
Guest

I think some of you need to work more on your spelling and less on warming your room....( Ohnistly?) ............... Honestly

Rory
Rory

Wow, hard to beleive the vituperative nature of many comments. What if I like the radiant heat candle contraption, think it is aesthetically pleasing and functional. But wait, this thing would never heat a football stadium, this is self-evident, though most of you think yourselves worthy of a doctorate for pointing it out. Since no one is being mislead, how about keeping your pessimism to yourselves and allowing this fella his chance to pursue the american ideal, just like you could do if you werent so busy criticizing others

Roberto Leibman
Roberto Leibman

Seriously, we need people to learn thermodynamics in school... that somebody would actually sell things like these for $30 is a testament to poor education.

gmbjr
gmbjr

eh, it does have the advantage of heating the ceramic which will stay warm even after the candle out, and by keeping the heat in a small area it is an option for staying warm in an emergency. Pull a blanket around it and yourself and the additional radiant heat from the ceramic will help keep you warm. you're not pulling the blanket(plastic whatever) tight enough to be sealed so air will get in for combustion and the fabric or plastic is protected from the flame by the device. I see plenty of good about this but can make one for $10 with supplies from the local garden center and hardware store. Less if I find the materials at yard sales. Wouldn't purchase at that price plus shipping...

Antwan Malama
Antwan Malama

It is awesome just how much we've advanced and how effective we're but im nonetheless on the fence about maintaining my 20 year old tank. I dont consider the Pros of tankless outway the cons of a standard tank.

lawyers in queens
lawyers in queens

We were doing some browsing and came across this site. Must say that this info is great! Keep up the good info. We will be reading your sites

SIMPLEMINDEDHAFWIT
SIMPLEMINDEDHAFWIT

HOW TO HEAT A ROOM WITH NOTHING BUT A CANDLE AND A HOOLA HOOP1) Light candle 2) Hoola hoop for 15 minutes at 10 minute intervals 3) If body becomes moist, dab moistened areas with a dry cloth

jdevilliers
jdevilliers

Now this was a great read! Especially about the "candle powered space heater". I've been making candles for many years now and this is just a great idea.Will have to try it in my DIY garage :)thanks Jeanne

Radiators
Radiators

I actually think this candle heater work well in areas near you such as on the writing desk or a work bench. It is not something I’d use to heat up a room. I may be poor but I have realistic expectations.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The maker of this product says right on:http://heatstick.com/_KanHeet01.htmthat this is not a heater and that it will not heat even a small room. The item gets warm, but so does a tv or a computer and neither of those devices could be used to heat a room. It is meant to be a "miniature fireplace" as a sort of decorative item and the heat it puts off will barely do anything to change or hold the temperature of a room. Burning a the same candle without this device would actually provide more overall BTUs as there would be no secondary conversion process and there would be no concentrated space trapping the small amounts of heat produced (which is essentially all this will do - keep one tiny tiny area slightly warmer than the space around it).

I Actually Have a Brain
I Actually Have a Brain

Um, you guys do realize that a candle will produce exactly 100% the same amount of heat with or without this device, right? It's not like it magically makes a candle burn hotter. All it does is keep the heat trapped in a smaller area for long. It would be nice for cold hands, though, you could wrap them around the pot to warm them up.I use candles to help add heat to my apartment since it is very tiny and a few candles make a noticeable different. However, I just don't want to see people waste money on this with the expectation that it will somehow CREATE heat - because it won't.

n. sparozic
n. sparozic

Without this device the heat will go into the room! The heat doesn't just disappear!

n. sparozic
n. sparozic

With this device the heat goes into the room anyway.

Boris
Boris

The Kandle Heeter is not worth purchasing. Cheaper, more effective, more environmentally-friendly alternatives are available.Don't waste your money on pseudo-science.

Westy
Westy

Lol ignore me repeating stuff , I'm quite retarded and so have to write things down multiple times to try and make it half readable. Unfortunatly this website dose not have an edit functoin so i cannot change it.

Westy
Westy

DeedleIs not a prick or annything he is stating the facts very clearly he has not said one thing that is wrong. It is a simple fact that a candle that produces say 40Wats of heat energy will produce 40W of heat energy regardless what you put around it.What this device dose do is keep the heat closer to the person in a localized space for a longer period of time.Without the device the heat will go straight to the sealing in a column of say 3cm width with a tiny amount of heat radiation in the form of infra red heat.with the device the heat will move towards the sealing but in a more dispersed colom of say 30-40cm the coloum of heat will contain the same 40w of heat energy but will be distrabuted over that 40cm2 of space rather than confined to the 3cm of spaceUltimatly over time the room will only get 40w of heat with or without the device , but with the device a person sitting close (within 30cm) to it will get to exsperance more of the candles warmth than they would if it was just a naked candle.A working example of this is In my house the rooms are quite large and so i am no where near a radiator that the gass system uses as a result cannot feal the heat untill all the air in the room is warm and it takes a good 50min of gass burn before the whole room is warm and i can then enjoy the heat.I have a working example of this in my houseI have large rooms with radiators that are supplied by a gass heater , in the case of my house it costs say £1 and takes 35min of gass to get the room to a point that it is warm and comfortable.what i have found is cheaper and provides the same comfort is using a small electric heater Evan though electric is far more expensive than gass what i can do is place the heater directly under my seat , this way the heat through convection moves up and around me keeping me warm and costs far less than using the gass , Now the important thing to note is the electric heater dose not heat up the room (much far far less than the gass) only me in that small space. but as i sit still and work at the pc this works out just fine.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Deedle alluded to this with his comment on using a hot water bottle and personally , I ohnislty think a hot water bottle and electric blanket would work far better and produce less waste and during usage be cleaner and better for the environment than this candle device.All in all Deedle has been very clear in what he/she put and was not arrogant at all he/she just stated the facts and evan clarfied pionts a cuple of times.And there is a very real problem of people selling junk devices and stuff to people that dont know some of the scence or havent had the time to look things up.In this case the device Could have a function in some cases and i would ohnistly like to see temperature readings at different distances to see how well it functoins. I belive the device was made with good intentions and at least it functoins to some exstent compared to manny things that do absaluty nothing.Ultimately the guy that made it should have done some testing so he could provide Data that showed the device actually works and to what exstent , until he published the data then its perfectly right for Deedle and others to be critical.

Greg Williams
Greg Williams

Well, I for one have gotten 4 of these units. I did take physics, I did take chemistry, and I am a Electronics Engineer and have 30 years of computer hardware and software management experience. So, if you want to call me stupid as well as all of your other ignorant remarks on here about this nice little device, then go ahead. I could care less what you think. I have used these and they work. Thermal dynamics.....energy is never created or lost, it is just converted into another form of energy. So be it. These heat up very nicely and if you use soybean candles, the burn even hotter and longer. So nice. And yes, it does make a difference in a 15 X 15 room as long as it is not below freezing outside. It is especially nice for Southern California winter mornings on the patio or even in the bathroom....as those in San Diego etc.....really use no heat...much of the time. So, for those who want to enjoy a neat device....get one. For those who like to just trash ideas because they are such rocket scientists...keep bad mouthing everything that wasn't your idea.HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!! Greg

Dave W
Dave W

Sheesh! If you like the idea, try it... why not. Buy one or build your own, the freedom is yours. If you don't... move on. The fact that some people waste so much time arguing something that they disagree with blows my mind. If you think its garbage, move on. I know for a fact that in a needed fix, enough candles will generate some heat. I had this problem last night when we lost power... and found that if I keep a couple of candles in a small room and closed the room it raised the room temperature. I may try this candle concept as it makes sense of the concentration of the heat given off by the candle rather than letting it freely saturate throughout the room. And if anyone argues with me, so what. I'll build it anyways and enjoy my candle loving, blissful ignorance. I mean, a person could argue with me all day long that chocolate is more pleasing of a flavor because it stimulates this, that, and that and causes some reaction on the tongue that is not caused by plain ol' vanilla but if I want plain ol' vanilla, that's what I'm going to get.

Sky
Sky

Guys, your words don't mean anything really. When it comes down to it, you are ALL RIGHT, but for different purposes. The reason we're \disagreeing\ is due to different a mindset. Be careful and there's no such thing as right or wrong. Get out of your head and pay attention to what each other is communicating. We can learn a lot from each other so drop the ego now.

david
david

i think it would work. looks like it would keep water lines in a small room or basement from freezing in the winter. but i think it would be better if it had like 4-5 candles lit under the flower pots.

Observer
Observer

'Candle' rhymes with 'Randall'.

Rick
Rick

If you want a low budget heater, purchase or make a verticle smoker oven. Usually this type of smoker has two trays, one for the coal or wood chips and the second tray above the chip tray would hold water to heat and steam the meat which is on the grill at the top. On the bottom tray, fit as many glass contained candles as you can and on the second tray, fill with soapstone or other type of heat producing rocks or pieces of cast iron metals. Leave the smoker lid on and the heat generated from the candles will not only heat up the stones or metals but will also heat up the smoker oven itself giving off enough heat if you sit closed enough to it or using it in a small room. Remember, do not use charcoals in place of candles if you intend to use this heating method indoors. Burning charcoals produces carbon dioxide.

LeeJH
LeeJH

Unfortunately many candles use lead in their wicks, and since there's no law to control them there's no way to tell if a candle you've bought has lead in it or not. So burning candles may be bad for your health, even if you cannot tell immediately.

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Dry Cell battery

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Steve
Steve

prove'em, why did your candle burn down to nothing in 1 hour and 15 minutes? Was this because of the candle your were using, or because of your candle holder?Marc, are you putting this candle in your garage? My first thought was you were putting it inside your car, but that sounds a little crazy.

Marc
Marc

A local Army surplus store sells an item similar to this. It uses a tea candle to heat a couple of large, flat plates of sheet metal. I have used a similar devise. I put a candle in a tin can with a couple holes in the bottom of the can. It doesn't create a lot of heat but it will keep the windows of your car de-iced, over night, in the winter. In all of these the idea is the same. If a candle creates x amount heat, then by heating another object with that candle you create (x+?) amount of heat. The whole trick is to see what you can get "?" up to. I wondered if you tried drilling small holes in the top to allow the heat to rise through and cause a natural blower effect.

Gab
Gab

hooray for Deedle, a voice of reason...

Mike M
Mike M

I'll have to get the jumbo size one to use over the fire I have in front of my cave...

Physics PhD
Physics PhD

I think some of you don't understand the concept of radiative heat.Radiative heat is (light) electromagnetic radiation. If a particular surface absorbs the emitted radiation, it will get hotter, (photon phonon interaction). The radiation need not be infrared radiation to be absorbed as heat although it will largely be. Everything emits radiation, a candle, your skin, anything that has temperature. The radiation emitted depends on the object and the frequency, obviously gamma rays are highly unlikely. You can look up the black body frequency emission plot to understand this concept better.Convection is essentially the same thing as direct contact. An object can have direct contact with the air, which has direct contact with your skin. You can say there are air currents and what not, but it is still the same concept.

Doyle (the Inventor)
Doyle (the Inventor)

Well, what a discussion . . . it would be grand to all gather together at a pizza parlor, share a few pitchers and a whole lot of pizza with a Kandle Heeter tm Candle Holder in the center of the table merrily doing its thing . . .Appropriately fueled, the candle heater makes dry radiant space heat. That is what it does. It is not a particuarly difficult construct, and ample directions can be found on the website (process.htm) to make your own. Higher grade fuels produce better results, 99% pure liquid paraffin in a suitable container works best. This weekend I am going to experiment with alcohol, remember the spirit lamps we used to use in High School Chem class? . . . something like that.The original goal with this project was to create a small space heater using an overlooked source. That was almost 5 years ago. If you like to burn candles, it only makes sense (cents) to capture the heat at human level. It does keep the chill out of a room.I am very oriented toward low-tech solutions to energy and envionment problems using off-the-shelf and when possible recycled components. We have all got to pull together and "do more with less" if we wish to remain on the globe.I want to thank the poster who mentioned Benjamin Franklin and likened my attempt to Franklin's stove . . . that was a very nice compliment. Benjamin Franklin has always been a personal "hero" -- he had quite the robust mind.And to the individual who had less than spectacular results with his project, did you burn the unit long enough to get the moisture our of the ceramics? Terra cotta absorbs moisture out of the air, it can take 6-8 hours to burn the moisture out, and the system will run "cool" until the ceramics become bone dry. Used every other day or so, the ceramices will remain dry, but space heat development is seriously impaired when the ceramics are carrying alot of moisture. Sizing is also important, and in our unit, we shoot for about 2.5 ounces in the steel core. The ceramics "run" on the steel inner core, a small core or a poorly designed one will not heat up the system as well.Well, winter is still with us, and I have some orders to fill. Guess I will have to put the pizza and beer down and get back to the cowbarn. Say, have any of you checked out my Wearable Hummingbird Feeder . . . hummingbirds feed directly in front of your eyes, right between your eyes, about an inch above your nose. There are several videos on the website . . .Warm wishes to all,Doyle

kstechtom
kstechtom

IMO their have been some valid statements, but you are overlooking some obvious points. There is radiant heat created in this set-up, It is from the candle! This device helps capture the radiant and direct-heat from the candle and distribute it over a larger area. This allows the user to feel more of the convection heat. It does not increase the heat output of the candle but does help some with the efficiency. In my experience radiant heat does not heat the air very well but does heat objects (this can be seen on a sunny winter day when the air temp is below freezing but the snow and ice still melts) Does this efficiency gain offset the cost, hard to tell, the less than spectacular results noted by prove'em would take years to off-set the initial cost, but then again don't most of the green ideas we have now cost far more to start and take years to pay off?KSTT

tab
tab

years ago when i was up in the north country i built an enclosed candle [holder-burner]thingamajinger. my truck got stuck in a storm, and i belive it saved my life because of that littlt bit of heat. the blanket helped also.

prove'em
prove'em

Rather than spew loads of flames at one another I DID make this to see the results first hand.I DID spend $15usd, spent 2 hours purchasing and making. The results were less than spectacular. There was no substantial heat generated as I could still place my hand on parts of the outer shell without pain. The candle burned down to nothing in 1 hour and 15 minutes.I now have a variety of ceramic planters for spring!

Frojoe2004
Frojoe2004

I have to say Deedle is mostly right. though everything that is hotter than the aria amount it, radiates heat at some spectrum. So it does radiate some heat, but very little.I had to study this for meteorology class.The combustion of the candle is the only thing creating heat, no more heat is being created.What it does do is create a larger surface aria of heat for air to pass over. this will warm a larger amount of air(through direct heat transfer), and improve the efficiency of the candle in delivering heat the the general aria directly surrounding it (Through Convection).This green? Absolutely not. the energy and resources it takes to make and ship those candles way exceed the amount of energy it would take for electricity to produce the same amount of heat. If your looking for green, try passive solar, or simply getting black curtains to absorb more Radiant Heat from the sun (a giant candle).inexpensive, not really, the pots, and bolts would easily cost 15 dollars, a few dollars more and you can have an energy star space heater (far more efficient)Bottom line, though there is a noticeable difference in heat around the device it is neither cheaper or greener than turning up the thermostat. this is a good idea for those who didn't pay there heating bill, and have no other source.A fun project for those who like fire, and novelty. otherwise don't waist your time and money.*** one thing that does bug me is people saying this is a great way to save money, and praying on peoples ignorance. If your looking to save money this will put you in the opposite direction. If your looking to save money on your heating bill, Google"save money on my heating bill". it took me 10 sec. to find this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16176373/

dab
dab

Anybody trying to protect the consumer deserves merit. It's good to be skeptical about everything you hear, and even though this product might have some very limited uses for heating, it continues to market itself as better for the environment, making heat, etc.Deedle might be a little off about radiant heat, but the rest of his statements are solid, especially when compared to the science of this article (not to mention this website *cough* free energy *cough*). "If you burn candles, now you can add their heat to your home or office". A bit of a misconception there.People will seem arrogant when they're trying to correct every little mistake, but it's a necessary step that makes for a safer environment for consumers. It prevents sellers from making even wilder claims about their product.

Deedle must be a kid...
Deedle must be a kid...

Ten bucks says Deedle is a young kid (think 12 or under) who hasn't learned any social skills yet but is mildly precocious. It's sad that we don't teach those who have the potential to be smart to deal with social situations very well.I feel bad for little Deedle... :-(

RossK
RossK

@Laurence Amen to your statement!  This thing is a complete scam.  A candle or a 60 watt lamp isn't going to do boo in heating the smallest room regardless how you adorn it!  It is like buying a $300 electric spaceheater with special "quartz" or "ceramic" elements, when a $15 electric space heater is 100% efficient at converting electrical energy into heat without adding exotic materials and a huge selling price.

celtocarib
celtocarib

haha. CHUCK4818. Hilarious but seriously, turn off ur candles when u leave the north pole pls my friend :D

CeesTimmerman
CeesTimmerman

@Westy Nice comment, but were you in a hurry? Firefox has a spelling checker that can help. (Make sure to copy while typing in case it crashes and fails to restore the text.)

Ovidiu
Ovidiu

The science of this website (greenoptimistic.com) may not be to the scientific levels of language, at least, of some more elaborate and educated people. Though, it is written for the mainstream, because generally it's of no use to present scientific data some would consider "boring". The subject of this website and the way it is presented covers a specific niche, that we try to hold on to. In our opinion it's better to present the simple side of facts. If you want more accurate data, most of the articles have a source reference at their bottom, where you can visit the inventor's website or the source news agency's website or blog. For mathematical calculations, to verify the statements presented herein, one must consult more sources. GreenOptimistic.com is NOT a purely scientific website, it presents merely trends, claims, and (subjectively) believable affirmations of persons or organizations pretending to have discovered/invented/improved alternative energy production methods or devices. As I stated in earlier articles and comments many times, "FREE ENERGY" is not FREE. It comes from an untapped or officially unrecognized source known as "zero point energy". Scientific studies have been made on this type of energy, there are a lot of forums, experiments and real people who don't have any interest in selling something to you, that have discovered this kind of energy and have used it. It has not been proved if these persons were harassed by oil companies or interested groups for their claims, but if so many uninterested people speak and dedicate years of their lives for experimenting such devices, common sense says they cannot all be wrong. You use common sense and intuition when you drive your car, and reality shows it's always good to use it in science and engineering. There is always something out there, and we try to present it as accurate and simple as possible. ALL GreenOptimistic.com writers have and will have a university degree, including myself, having a technical university degree in telecommunications. I know the laws of physics and electronics, I know how things work, but I agree there's more to it than just what we have discovered. If one doesn't have an openness to more knowledge, there will be no progress and we'll be all spinning around the same old hundred-year-old patterns, taught in school, not proving anything new. I hold myself commenting about possible conspiration theories, because they're not provable. Where there's a smell of such things, I always mention about them, but don't bet on the subject. Happy new year and a good life to you all! Please reply to this comment if you have something to add! It would help me a lot! Thanks!

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