Clay Pot Heaters
Do They Really Work and How Do You Make One?
After doing some research I have realized that there is a lot of debate around the subject of whether or not clay pot heaters actually work as well as people say. Some say they are amazing, you can warm your home very cheaply with one of these. Whilst others seriously argue this point.
Well I know for a fact that they do chuck out a fair bit of heat, I think you would probably need a few to properly heat a large room.
Of course, there is also going to variations in the heat depending on the style of clay pot heaters you choose. There are lots of designs for clay pot heaters, some use a single clay pot as the top, others I have seen up to four inserted inside each other. The multiple pot styles all use a steel rod and varying amounts of bolts. These apparently help with increasing the heat given from the heater.
So, on to question two.
How Do I Make One
Well, as I have already stated, there are various ways of making clay pot heaters, starting from the very basic style of using a tray for the candles and balancing a pot on top (not the safest way of doing things) and probably not the most heat efficient. Here’s an example.
Basic Single Pot, Clay Pot Heaters
This is one of the most basic heaters I have seen, although I have seen them resting on a tin foil tray.
Examples of a Two Pot Heater
Again, not particularly pretty or safe, but hey if it floats your boat they have a good clear tutorial.
This one is much nicer looking, but still a bit of a balancing act. Not ideal for people with children, cats or dogs.
So let’s move on to the ones with three pots. And how they are constructed as most of them seem to be basically the same. Occasionally you will find one out there with more four pots.
Cross Section of a Three Pot Heater
From this image, you can see the basic construction of how they put it all together. People who use this method say that the combination of the three pots, the metal bolts and washers and the spaces for air flow between the pots. This is what creates the extra heat required.
Don’t worry about trying to count the bolts, there will be plenty of tutorials on this page to tell you exactly how many and what sized pots to use.
Video Tutorial – How To Make Clay Pot Heaters
Just to make it even easier for you, here is an excellent video tutorial from youtube of one of my favorite designs. It is well made. Probably one of the safest ones, beaten only by the ones hanging from a wall bracket.
So if you are still reading and are interested in making one for yourself. I have gathered a collection of examples and tutorials for you.
More Clay Pot Heaters For You To Make
So, There you have it. Clay Pot Heaters. The debate is still underway. Just how well do they really heat your room. If you have tried one feel free to share your results in the comments. I would love to hear from you.