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Old 11-06-2018, 03:24 AM   #1
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:34 AM   #2
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I had to look it up. One tealight candle puts out about 100btu. That thing has 8 candles, so 800btu.

For reference, most basic, portable space heaters put out somewhere between 4000-6000btus.
120 volts * 15 amps = 1800 watts (max for most American household circuits)
1 watt hour = 3.41 btus
1800 * 3.41 = 6138 btus

That's a pretty display, but it's hardly a heat source. It could keep a closet toasty warm, though
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:12 AM   #3
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I had to look it up. One tealight candle puts out about 100btu. That thing has 8 candles, so 800btu.

For reference, most basic, portable space heaters put out somewhere between 4000-6000btus.
120 volts * 15 amps = 1800 watts (max for most American household circuits)
1 watt hour = 3.41 btus
1800 * 3.41 = 6138 btus
Quite true. However, I think the idea is to help reduce the load on a primary system to save energy. Also, several of these could effectively all but eliminate the need to run a primary system. And I'm willing to bet with the cost of generator fuel and the relative inefficiency of solar (not that it doesn't work, but it does have its drawbacks and shortcomings) that seven or eight of these placed strategically could possibly minimize the need to run a primary.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:42 AM   #4
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I could see it being viable if you make your own candles.. and remember wax-burners are quite dirty.. being in the HVAC industry, when i went to service A/C units i could easily tell homes that had smokers and homes that burned lots of candles.. by the amount of sticky residue on A-coil and inside return ductwork.



some of that residue would likely end up on the pots in this case which would make it easier for keeping things clean..



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Old 11-06-2018, 08:44 AM   #5
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In a very small space

that is very well insulated and tightly sealed

will make a barely detectable difference.

Not as much as a large dog sharing that space.

Not as much as putting on some warmer clothes.

But nice psychologically, placebo can be very powerful.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:21 PM   #6
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Tealights are pretty much liquefied after a while. Get in a small accident or just bump one of those hanging things hard and you've got really hot oil splashing around. No, thanks.
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Numbers are fun
Amazon sells a pack of 120 tealights for $11.99 (let's say $12).
They are said to have a 4-4.5 hour burn time. I'll go on the high end, so say 4.5 hours.

So for $12 one can expect the box of tealights to produce 120 * 100 btus/hour = 12000 BTUs/hour. With a total burn time of 4.5 hours there is a total of 54000 btus available in that box. If you were to burn the entire box worth of candles at the same time for 4.5 hours that is a reasonable amount of heat! Don't knock over any furniture

Total cost for tealights: $12 for 54000 btus.

I looked up the average price per kilowatt/hour of electricity in the USA and Google gave me $0.12. 12 cents per kilowatt hour. If we're talking about a dumb resistive heater, say a baseboard, then converting electricity to BTUs is real easy.
1 watt/hour = 3.41 BTUs.

To output 54000 BTUs with a resistive heater will require 54000 / 3.41 = ~15836 watt/hours, or 15.836 kilowatt/hours.

15.836 kilowatt/hours * $0.12 = $1.90.
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Since this is skoolie.net many of us are using propane. I'll look at that quickly.

Converting the final output of BTUs per pound of propane is easy enough, but most propane furnaces in campers utilize convection and aren't terribly efficient. Non-venting ones such as the Little Buddy put all the available heat into the room at the cost of also devouring your oxygen and pumping out some unwanted exhaust. But candles do the same thing, so I'll compare a non-venting burner with candles.

1lb of propane = 21,600 BTUs.

I pay $16 USD to fill my 20lber when I conveniently use the nearest gas station. They will fill the tank to the 80% mark, so 16lbs of propane. That's an easy one. $1 per pound of propane.

So to product 54000 BTUs with the propane requires me to burn 54000 / 21600 = 2.5 lbs of propane.

2.5 lbs * $1 = $2.5
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Since this is skoolie.net many of us are using propane. I'll look at that quickly.

1lb of propane = 21,600 BTUs.

I pay $16 USD to fill my 20lber when I conveniently use the nearest gas station. They will fill the tank to the 80% mark, so 16lbs of propane. That's an easy one. $1 per pound of propane.

So to product 54000 BTUs with the propane requires me to burn 54000 / 21600 = 2.5 lbs of propane.

2.5 lbs * $1 = $2.5
Good point. However, I wonder about using propane with this idea somehow, perhaps it might reduce propane consumption by increasing efficiency through the ceramic? Just a thought...
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:25 AM   #10
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The pots just create radiant heat. Your propane heaters use the metal plates to create radiant heat, you don’t need the pots.

Open flame propane indoors in cold weather is a moisture-fest.. I myself like heat exchangers
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