Canned Heat: How to Make an Emergency Heater

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It seems more and more these days that you hear about climate change and severe weather. Just about every part of the U.S. has been slammed with severe winter weather lately, and with that, you hear all kinds of stories of people being without power and about natural disasters such as hurricanes and severe winter storms. And with no power, it most often means no heat, which can be a scary thing especially when the weather is cold outside. Imagine being stranded on the highway in the cold of winter, or a severe winter storm knocks out your house power for an extended period. The following diy idea doesn't cost a lot to make, and it might make all the difference in case of an emergency. You'll want to take a look at the site for the full step by step tutorial for this useful and fun DIY project.

To make this DIY idea for an emergency heater, you will need a new, quart-sized paint can with a lid. These paint cans be purchased at paint stores and home improvement stores such as Home Depot for around $2 to 3. You will also need a roll of unscented toilet paper, a bottle of unscented, 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, a box of matches which can be waterproofed by dipping the heads in wax, a quarter and some tape such as packaging tape. This diy idea couldn't be any easier. To start you want to remove the cardboard tube from the center of the toilet paper roll, making sure not to unroll the toilet paper. Just bend the cardboard tube of the roll, and pull out. For the full step by step instructions for th is diy idea and emergency heater you will want to take a look at The Parsimonious Princess site.

When you want to use the emergency heater, simply open the paint can lid, using the quarter as the leverage. Then place a lit match or a lighter carefully against the alcohol-soaked toilet paper. A small flame will then develop. The flame for this emergency heater only uses the alcohol as fuel, so the toilet paper shouldn't burn. If the toilet paper does start to burn, that means you need more isopropyl alcohol. To add more of the isopropyl alcohol into the emergency heater, you'll need to replace the lid to extinguish the flame. Once the flame is out, add some more isopropyl alcohol and light again. Once you've used this emergency heater, the only thing that ever needs replacing in the paint can is the alcohol since the toilet doesn't burn. Assembling the emergency heater is a one-time thing. It is important to note that if you're going to use this heater in a car, you want to be sure and crack open the windows for ventilation. Even though the alcohol in the emergency heater doesn't produce carbon monoxide, you still want some fresh air in such an enclosed space. The emergency heater is said to last for about five hours. And it is also said to keep a car heated at between 60 to 70 degrees for 24 hours with four pints of alcohol. These emergency heaters can get hot, so you want to be sure and be careful how you handle them and be sure to keep the emergency heater away from anything that could catch fire. Another suggests sliding the passenger seat in the car as far back as the seat can go and placing the emergency heater on the floor.

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