Flower Pot Candle Heaters Can Kill You.
Flower pot candle heaters are deadly and I hope this article will prevent people from attempting to use these devices for heating. I have written this article with the intention that it will possibly save somebody’s life.
I do not work for an energy company and I am not associated with one either.
What Is A Flower Pot Candle Heater?
A flower pot candle heater is basically a terracotta pot with another one inside and a whole series of nuts and washers attached to a bolt which runs through it all.
Do They Remove Condensation In Boats?
Now, first let me begin by saying that these clay pot heaters are very effective at dealing with condensation in an environment like on a boat. Condensation on the windows of a boat is totally eradicated if I’d been using a tea light heater throughout the night. That is a fact and I can conclude there will be zero condensation. They are extremely effective at dealing with condensation and I can not deny that effectivity.
This terracotta pot on top gets very hot and the bolt inside gets so hot that you can’t touch it.
In this test case, this flower pot candle heater was attached to a chain because it was on a yacht (out of water). I was fixing up a boat on a boatyard and I was trying to get rid of nasty condensation.
A Time Bomb
The heat inside the heater gets so intense and what you actually create is a bomb just waiting to explode.
Now the paraffin inside these tealight candles very quickly melts, it turns into liquid as the candle heater works.
What Makes These Candle Heaters So Dangerous?
Now, let me explain how these are dangerous. These kettle lights, tealights, whichever you want to call them, they should never be less than eight centimetres apart. In this test, they were right next to each other. What happens is the candle wax turns to liquid, the intense heat creates the possibility for those liquids in each terracotta pot to ignite.
However, if the wax liquid wax would leak out and get into this tray at the bottom, it then comes down the metal bar inside and you can a liquid fireball.
Candle Heater Exploded
Now, I had a fire with one of these flower pot candle heaters and the exact above scenario unfolded.
The wax leaked out and it came down the shaft of the metal studding and during the night it flash flared and the whole flower pot candle heater ignited.
All the paraffin wax inside the saucer ignited and the flames came reaching out all the way up.
They came so high that they actually melted the hook that was holding it up.
The Candle Heater Ignited In The Night And Nearly Burned The Boat Down.
Now, as I say these flower pot candle heaters are extremely effective at dealing with condensation, however, they are exceedingly dangerous. You must never ever use tea lights that close together.
Using One Candle
Now, despite saying this I still use this device because as I say it does deal with the condensation, however, I only use one tea light at a time. There is still a danger because the heat that gets generated from this device is really quite remarkable, it is intense heat.
Once it’s been running for 10 minutes, you can’t touch the pots and the metal bar is impossible to touch too without burning your fingers.
Serious Warning Now
If you’re going to make one of these flower pot candle heaters? do not under any circumstances put multiple tea lights in and never ever leave it unattended.
The Possibility For This To Ignite And Flash Flare Is Extremely High.
These are not safe devices and even though they may be aesthetically pleasing and effective in minimal ways, they are totally and utterly lethal. They are very dangerous. If you use these, at some point the possibility of having a fire erupt within the actual liquid wax itself is extremely high.
I had a lucky escape.
Please don’t make the same mistake.