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    Is it possible to heat your workplace with candles? I did the test for you.

    Now that it is winter I always have cold hands in my workshop. As you may have already experienced this is really not pleasant working. That is why I was looking for a cheap solution to raise the temperature a little.

    I saw this design on the internet and just wanted to test it.

    I did not expect any miracles from this but was already happy to have a heat source nearby where I could once warm my hands up.

    In this video you can see how I build and test the heating.
    Afterwards, everyone can decide for themselves whether this can be used in your own workplace or not.

    In any case, I find it pleasant that I no longer have to walk inside the house to warm up my hands and that only makes my job easier.

    Hopefully this will help you.

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    Yes those tealights are handy to have around at times. once the wife and I were coming back from a trip when the heater core in the old truck we were driving burst. I bypassed the hoses and we drove on but it was getting so cold in the truck even with heavy coats and gloves on it kept getting more and more miserable I finally spotted one of those Dollar something stores and pulled in, Bought a bag of tealight candles a couple of Turkey pans some double sided tape a roll of wire and a couple of bungie cords.
    Back out in the truck I poked a couple holes in one of the pans than bungie corded it to the console taped in a dozen or so of the tealights to it then poked some holes around the rims of both pans used the wire to hold one pan upside down above the bottom pan lit the candles and we drove on Only got a couple hours out of the tealights at a time though but there was 100 in the bag so we had plenty to use Probably not the safest thing we had ever done but it sure beat traveling several hundred miles with no heat at all the 40 year old truck was loose enough that there was no worry about the candles burning up the oxygen in the cab.
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    Thanks Christofix! We've added your Workplace Warmer to our Heating and Cooling category,
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    Just a note of caution, if you’ll permit. Do you make a lot of dust? (Risk of explosion) and what about the effects of increased condensation? (Rust)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Davies View Post
    Just a note of caution, if you’ll permit. Do you make a lot of dust? (Risk of explosion) and what about the effects of increased condensation? (Rust)
    Before I started this project, it was the first thing I thought about. I have a fairly good dust extraction system and the heating is suspended at a safe distance.
    Also, I never leave the candles unattended and I have a fire extinguisher in my workshop. I have taken my precautions, but it always remains vigilant as usual.

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    You said the candles are "0.03 cents each" is that right? 3/100th of a cent each!

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